In 2011 having completed the redevelopment of Sykes Barns ( Our cluster of cottages in Corley) my former husband and I began looking for another property to repair and re-purpose when we came across a derelict farm that looked promising. The house which was boarded up, had dry rot, damp, woodworm, subsidence and on top of that had been vandalised, so all the copper, lead and plumbing had been removed, windows smashed and was open to the elements! Perfect!
Alongside there were 7 old barns! From our view with two growing boys we thought what a fantastic place to grow up, and no changing schools! Liking a challenge and “Not being of sound mind” we purchased the property and set about renovating the house
The farm itself had 23 acres of farm land which had not been tended or cropped since the mid-seventies. Although I (Lilian) am a keen gardener 23 acres of garden is beyond me,and I think even Monty Don and his dog would struggle, so I racked my brains as to what we could do. To not use the land productively seemed so wasteful, but we could not compete with local farmers who and been growing crops all their lives, when at a friend’s wedding an idea struck me! The table was decorated in plastic confetti which might take 80 years to bio-degrade. I wonder “ Could I grow flowers for confetti” ???
Well the answer was” Yes I can!” Three years of research led me to delphiniums and larkspur as the flowers to grow, and common sense told us that spades and forks would not cut it, a friendly farmer with a tractor was what we required. Like a white knight on a tractor Andrew a local farmer came to our rescue, he planted maize as an organic way or clearing the land whilst we got on with the job of renovating the farm house.
In April 2014 my first 6 acres of seed was planted, in 4 months we would have fields full of flowers in nine gorgeous colours, from the palest pinks to the most vivid blues. Those first flowers were dried in our barn though its easier to make compost than confetti however after a few trail and tribulations not forgetting some tears along the way, Confetti Petals has become one of the first stops for both the trade and brides and grooms looking for the perfect Confetti Petals for that special day!
Confetti Petals arrived!
This year we’ve planted 93,078 square meters.