• Ruth Fortune Flowers was started in a very small way in 2013 and has been growing slowly but surely since then.

  • I am a self taught grower and florist (I studied architecture and worked in that area before escaping back to West Cork)

  • My flower field is small - less than one acre including 2 polytunnels - and almost all of the work is done by hand.

  • The flowers I sell are not certified organic but I follow a lot of organic growing and permaculture principles such as building a healthy soil and feeding plants with comfrey, nettle and seaweed. The only weedkiller I use is vinegar but mainly I deal with weeds by hoeing, hand weeding and mulching.

  • I sell flowers from March through to October. I always pick flowers when they’re at their best and some only have a short flowering season. A May bouquet and a June bouquet may be totally different but that, to me, is the true meaning of seasonality and sets my flowers apart from imported ones grown in climate controlled greenhouses.

  • People often ask what kind of flowers I grow. How long is a piece of string? And how’s your Latin? Some of the more poetic ones are Love-in-a-mist (Nigella) Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus) and Granny’s Bonnet (Aquilegia). I haven’t grown Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate (Persicaria Orientale) yet but I hope to try!

  • I am a member of Flower Farmers of Ireland and encourage flower lovers to always ask where the flowers they buy are coming from.