Zoe and Sue… They are the wonderful mother/daughter duo who make up the lovely, lovely, Field of Roses. I found Zoe (the daughter, and face of the business) when I was perusing different farmer-florist websites. I have always felt convicted in the depths of my soul that I am supposed to do something on land…what, exactly, is the million dollar question. Decisions decisions. Being a farmer-florist who grows cut flowers for farmers markets, florists, weddings, café tables, etc., is one of the many “land” ideas I have considered. So I started corresponding via email with Zoe many months ago, asking her all kinds of questions about flower farming, and she basically said, “Hey, Mum and I are gonna need help when the summer flush comes in. Wanna come help us and learn some stuff in the process?” To which I looked up from my computer, scratched my head, and had this thought bubble…YES.
Since my first day out to the farm, Zoe and Sue (their last name is Field, by the way. How perfect for the name of their business, eh? Field of Roses? They are meant to be in the flower biz) have been an absolute joy to work with. They grow fifty-two varieties of glorious roses…creams, every shade of pink God created, yellow, apricot…some so luscious with layers and layers of petals unfurling, some so classically elegant with just one layer of ever-so fragile, scalloped petals, and each variety with a different scent. They have a big cut flower garden as well, full of annuals to choose from…larkspur, nigella, cosmos, enormous dahlias, zinnias, scabiosa, sweet peas, poppies, and about thirty others! Nestled between rolling hills and pine forest, it’s quite heavenly. I have to slap myself every morning on the beautiful drive out there, because I just can’t believe I’m getting to do this. I have already learned so much from them, and not just about flowers, but about life. Their relationship is as lovely, fun, and whimsical as the flowers they grow. Zoe has a graceful, quiet spirit, and Sue has a vibrant energy and bee-bops around the farm doing whatever work is needed. Roly (Roland), the dad, is a behind-the-scenes kind of man, but very much a part of the operation. Quite a skilled handy man. Enjoys a good beer and some Roseanne Cash. It’s A LOT of work for just three people, but somehow they manage. I’m so impressed.
And then there are the dogs…Theo, Alfie, and Ollie (Zoe’s puppy). Alfie is quite attached to Sue and demands to be held at regular intervals. They follow us everywhere we go in the garden, find the nearest plot of shade, and plop down to watch us until we move to the next area. The cats, Lou and Millie, are like all cats, and could care less about us.
So, yeah, can you tell I love Field of Roses? It’s gorgeous, but Zoe and Sue are what make it really wonderful. I feel so blessed that I’m getting to do this. I’m really not much help to them at all because I’m such a novice, so they are very gracious to have me. I don’t know if I’ll end up being a flower farmer, but I’m learning and growing and budding…pun intended. To learn more about what all they do, check out their website! http://www.fieldofroses.co.nz