Cut Flowers

Cut Flowers

The flower beds in the vegetable garden are looking great right now; they are full of colour and there are plenty of blooms for both the bees to savour and for us to enjoy indoors.

We haven’t managed to do much sowing of annual flowers for cutting this year (bar some Nicotiana and Sweet Peas), so our hardy perennials are having to do the honours inside the house instead; all those pictured above last a good few days in the vase though and create a lovely relaxed display that has been much admired.

Included in the arrangement above are:

  • Sweet William (this was the only thing I bought in as it was going cheap in the supermarket!)
  • Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’
  • Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’
  • Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropupureum’
  • Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge’
  • Astrantia ‘Buckland’
  • Alchemilla mollis

If you want to see how the pros do it though, check out this gorgeous bunch of flowers that the lady who helps us in the garden very kindly gave to me this week. She has had an allotment for years and is dedicating more of it to growing cut flowers these days. If ever there was inspiration for growing your own blooms I’d say this was it:

Cut Flowers

This arrangement includes:

  • Sweet William (homegrown!)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Ammi majus
  • Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)
  • Salvia viridis

If I get some spare time this weekend (a girl can but dream!) then I am going to start compiling a seed shopping list so that I can get sowing some annuals and biennials in the coming months.  If you have any recommendations then I’d love to hear them…

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