Here’s to a blooming good summer of flowers!

I’m sitting here writing this blog with glorious sunshine streaming through my workroom window – at last, Spring really does seem to have arrived! I strolled around the garden earlier and picked all the daffodils with broken stems, something I often do as the lovely blooms will only spoil if left flopped on the grass and, as they have already fallen it makes me feel less guilty for picking them! I always think a bunch of daffs is like a little ray of sunshine brought indoors, they cheer up my desk and their subtle fragrance is lovely.

I was thinking about cut flowers when scrolling through Sarah Raven’s glorious website during a quiet moment over Easter. Like so many gardening websites, they make life easy for us by grouping plants by colour, or growing conditions, ideal aspect and so on. Sarah seems to be particularly good on flowers for cutting and she does the loveliest selection of seeds for cut flowers. The current fashion for much more relaxed and wildlife inspired arrangements – bringing the outdoors indoors, so to speak – is just gorgeous and these seed collections are ideal for producing this look.

I also came across a company called ‘Meadow in my Garden’ who have lovely meadow seed mixes that will produce flowers all summer long. Growing from seed is the cheapest way to grow your flowers and will give you a wide choice of blooms – and also a clear conscience, as you won’t be contributing to air or road miles by buying your flowers from a shop.

You don’t need a great deal of space to grow flowers for cutting, as little as a metre square will do, although a bit more would be good. Find somewhere sunny, part of a neglected flowerbed or perhaps a tatty area of lawn that you’d love to see the back of. If you have raised beds, you don’t only have to grow veg in them – try flowers as well! When you sow seeds, there are two choices – neat rows or patches. Rows will give you better quality flowers on longer stems, whereas a patch looks less regimented and you don’t get obvious gaps when you cut your blooms.

For most of these seed mixes, you scatter them in a prepared bed and cover with a little more spoil, water… and wait! Provided your seeds aren’t old or out of date, you really can’t go wrong. One of my most favourite cutting flowers, sweet peas, can be sown direct, but I find I get the best results if I sow them in pots and then plant out. This year’s batch is already shooting and I’m getting excited just thinking about their heavenly scent!

 

 

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  1. Diana Newson says:

    Ooh, sweet peas, I love them and the best bit is that the more you pick, the more flowers you get!
    Right, off to get some seeds LOL.

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  2. Pearl Farrier says:

    Glorious Sweet Peas, I love them but last year they were infested with aphids, first time for me so quite a shock. I’ll try again this year though. Thank you for your daily blog.

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  3. Bonnie Weakley says:

    thank you for leading me to these wonderful sites for flower seed and meadow seed. Such a joy t think of these lovely things in my garden. Bonnie

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  4. MRS R J S GOODWILLIE says:

    Sweet Peas remind me of my Dad’s garden at Lower Largo, Fife, where I was brought up. They were always one of my favourites. I also loved the rose garden and the nasturtiums. The nasturtiums grew over the garden wall. The banking on the opposite side of the road from our house used to have lots of wild flowers on it but when the traffic increased the petrol fumes affected them badly. The gardens in our street were big and Dad grew lots of flowers, fruit, and vegetables. I used to enjoy helping him out with the ordering and planting. There were four houses in our street at the time and there were fields on both sides of the road. The fields are mostly built on now.

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