While farmers are regularly told to diversify their activities to help protect them from the whims of markets and weather, few choose to grow flowers next to their livestock. Paris Bell runs Woodshed Flower Co from her farm at Furner, Australia, using land unsuitable for cattle to grow flowers. "This strip that native flowers are grown on is a sandy ridge that's not growing grass that we can run stock on,” she says. The land is mostly used for Banksia plants such as coccinea, baxteri, attenuata and praemorsa, along with some other Australian natives. Ms Bell mostly supplies her flowers to local wholesalers but also puts together arrangements and runs flower arranging workshops.

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