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53 | A Chat With Rosebie Morton

53 | A Chat With Rosebie Morton


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Episode Summary

This week on Tea & Tattle podcast, I'm in conversation with the charming Rosebie Morton, horticulturalist and founder of The Real Flower Company. In this episode, Rosebie tells me about the farm that she runs in Hampshire with her husband, and how she went from raising sheep to getting an idea to grow a few scented roses....

Rosebie Morton, at her farm

Rosebie Morton, at her farm

It was so inspiring to learn how Rosebie's idea of growing some roses gradually grew into what The Real Flower Company is today. Now with flowers grown on farms in the UK, as well as in Kenya during the off-season, The Real Flower Company delivers award-winning, luxurious blooms, with a focus on scented flowers. I love popping by their pretty shop in West London.

London shop

London shop

On the podcast, Rosebie tells me more about her company's ethos in growing flowers as sustainably and ethically as possible. She also gives advice to anyone thinking of becoming a florist, or starting their own business, and explains how she found the courage to keeping going with her dream, even though the odds seemed very much against her.

Scroll through the slideshow for more beautiful photos of the Real Flower Company farms and bouquets.

I also questioned Rosebie about her favourite ways to use flowers to decorate the home, particularly for a winter dinner party, and she gave me some fantastic ideas.

Listen to learn about building a successful flower business and ideas for decorating your winter holiday table. 

All images provided by The Real Flower Company.

Episode Breakdown

  • 00:24 - Miranda introduces Rosebie Morton.
  • 01:52 - Rosebie tells Miranda about her army background and how her love for flowers first began.
  • 03:37 - How Rosebie went from farming sheep to growing flowers.
  • 08:32 - How The Real Flower Company first began.
  • 09:16 - More about the company's farming in Kenya.
  • 09:34 - Why it's so difficult to find scented roses in most florists. 
  • 12:17 - How Rosebie found the courage to keep going, when the odds seemed against her. 
  • 14:47 - Rosebie tells me more about her beautiful farm.
  • 17:12 - The workshops Rosebie runs on her farm.
  • 19:12 - Rosebie's advice for building your own flower business.
  • 20:38 - Miranda asks Rosebie for tips on styling a winter table with blooms.
  • 22:29 - Rosebie's favourite rose.
  • 23:40 - What's next for Rosebie and the Real Flower Company.

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Courage or lunacy?! Sometimes the two go hand-in-hand.

 -Rosebie Morton

Your Thoughts

Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, I love to hear your thoughts, so please let me know:

What did you enjoy most about this episode? Does Rosebie's story inspire you? Are you a fan of the Real Flower Company?

Next Time...

I'm having some trouble finding time to record at the moment, so there will be interviews I've recorded in advance over the next couple of weeks, and Sophie will be back chatting with me on the podcast on 5th December. Next week, I'm in conversation with the delightful Emily Quinton, founder of Makelight.

Happy Listening!  

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