57: Blossoming Stories at Strawberry Hill – A Sustainable Flower Festival with Leigh Chappell

Welcome, flower enthusiasts! Join me, Roz Chandler, on another delightful episode of The Cutflower Podcast. Today, I have the pleasure of hosting the talented Leigh Chappell, a floral designer, photographer, and stylist, whose journey from Wales to London brings a unique perspective to the world of flowers. Summary:In this episode, Leigh shares her creative evolution from a graphic designer to … Read More

Back to basics: planning your cut flower plot – part two

A female gardener tends flowering plants in a raised bed.

In part one of this blog post, we looked at what to consider when selecting a site for your cut flower beds.  If you’ve not already read part one, please do as it includes basic considerations when starting out. Our 7-month cut flower growing course Seed to Vase will take you step by step through the growing season. Join the … Read More

56: Aromatic Blooms and Growing Dreams: Ed Boers Unveils the World of Fibrex Nurseries

Welcome, to another fascinating episode of The Cutflower Podcast. Today, we dive into the world of horticulture with Ed Boers, the passionate mind behind Fibrex Nurseries, renowned for their exquisite pelargoniums. Join me as we uncover Ed's journey, challenges, and aspirations. In this episode, Ed shares insights into the unique scented plants he incorporates into marquee weddings, creating an aromatic … Read More

Back to basics: planning your cut flower plot

The foot of a gardener is seen pushing a spade into soil to be dug.

Whether you have a garden, an allotment, a small plot or a large area of land that’s destined to be a flower farm, you need a plan to get started. This two-part blog post will cover the basics of planning your plot.  For step-by-step tuition on setting up a cutting patch, our 7-month Seed to Vase course will run again … Read More

Preventing deer and rabbits from entering your garden or plot

A deer munching on tree foliage. Inset image: an alert rabbit.

As winter draws in, wildlife ventures further afield in search of food sources. Deer and rabbits are lovely at a distance (or in Disney movies) but can devastate a cultivated plot of flowers or vegetables. Keeping them out is a challenge, but there are several measures you can take to help protect your plants and landscaping. Here are some that … Read More

Flowers suitable for drying

Close up on orange strawflowers growing outdoors.

Drying flowers is a wonderful way to preserve their beauty and enjoy them for an extended period. If you’re running your cutting patch as a business, it’s also the perfect way to extend availability of blooms and open up opportunities for selling dried flower arrangements and running workshops on how to do this. Not all flowers that you grow for … Read More