We were very excited to be involved in BBC One's the 'Farmer's Country Showdown'. Here is what happened during the filming process. They followed us for a day at The Artisan Flower Co HQ, then at Malvern Autumn Show where we exhibited our flowers.
Despite the early start, the crew turned up with smiles on their faces and seemed very happy to be on the farm. After a quick tour of the patch, poly tunnel, greenhouse and flower field, it was time for my interview.
I was plonked down by some of my Burgundy roses and asked some tricky questions. British flowers is something that I am so passionate about. I firmly believe that we can and should grow more flowers in this country, rather than relying on imports. Locally grown flowers with no air miles should become the norm. However, I have no idea what is in the final program, so I really hope that I said all the right things!
I'm lucky to be supported by my husband who is a professional commercial photographer, and he took some shots in front of the camera. The program has a good focus on family business and how families support each other. They were really interested in how he helps with the business. This was fun, but honestly at one point I didn't know which camera to look at!
The dairy herd seemed to be enjoying the attention. They probably made more sense than me, too.
More mooching about the farm, and it was time to look at the tractor. She provided the crucial design backdrop for the Malvern Autumn Show and it was time to dig her out of the barn.
After a bit of discussion about where we are going to put the flowers (cue the serious look on Mum's face!) and out she comes. She starts well, drives beautifully and is a firm family favourite.
What a difference a day makes! In the exhibition barn at Malvern Autumn Show, here she is adorned with flowers. Fellow Flowers from the Farm members came to help decorate her. Despite the unusual design concept, there was lots of laughter and fun.
The result? A silver medal to be proud of. The RHS judged us and the feedback was fair and constructive. We were thrilled to have a medal to take home and it made all the hard work worth it.
As for a life behind the camera? I think I'll stick to chatting to the flowers...