Valentines Day is fast approaching; but why not go against the grain this year and buy flowers for your sweetheart on Sunday the 15th of February?
Most Valentines Day flowers are over-priced, imported from overseas meaning they are high on carbon miles, and also use heavy chemical sprays. Deb Majurey stall “Paradise Lost” features beautiful home -grown wild flowers from her place in South Head on the Kaipara Harbour.
Deb grows her seasonal flowers in a way that limits water use and pesticides, and encourage insects and feeds the bees. Her philosophy is to sell flowers directly as the grower so they are affordable for everyone and customers can ask questions about the how the flowers have been grown and where they come from. Her bouquets range in price from just $7.5 – $15. She is experimenting with all kinds of flowers in her arrangements that are not often found at regular flower shops such as echinops, waratah, echinacea, black-eyed susans, and cosmos.
Deb is a graduate of the community trading table that operates on an honesty box system where people can trade excess produce from their garden. Deb started selling her flowers in 2012 on the table to test the market. Because of the positive feedback she is now able to have her own stall each week and has turned her flower growing into a small enterprise.