Florist in a flower field, it's very similar to a kid in a sweet shop...
Situated on the Gortgole Road in Portglenone, and owned/created by the McAllister Family, this stunning display of late Summer gold, so reminiscent of August's in France, has brought people from as far away as Cork to wander amongst the swaying blooms.
Karen McAllister, wo can be found at the gate welcoming visitors as they enter, joked that her husband Damian, who sowed the field back in May, using a fiddle (a traditional tool used to sow seeds rather than make music, but involves the same bowing motion hence it's name) was simply growing her favourite flowers. They closed the gate back then and let nature do her work, returning to a field covered in flowers which started to bloom last month. Two thirds of the site is covered in Sunflowers, with a maze winding through them, much to the delight of the children they tower above, and the final third is dedicated to wildflowers; a beautiful mix of field chamomile(white daisies), marigold corn (yellow daisies), cornflowers, corncockle, poppies and redshank/lady's thumb (which I was assured they didn't sow but merely sprung as a "weed", but a beautiful weed at that), all for the bees.
Entrance to the site is £2 per adult, whilst kids go free and the flowers can be purchased for £1 a stem. All proceeds go towards the building of the local chapel. At the time of writing the flowers were almost ready to go to seed, but keep an eye on this green thumbed family, as experts in seeds and wildflowers I'm certain there's more wonder to come!
Karen kindly allowed me to take a little Lady's Thumb and field chamomile to mix into a bouquet with the sunflowers, I then added Elderberry and Scabiosa from my own garden. Being able to make a bouquet with so many seasonal flowers all grown within ten miles of my home is currently a luxury but it makes me very hopeful for the future of the local flower market here in Ireland.