Seeds: Get Saving

Triptych of image showing seed pods of lupins, poppies and nigella.

Foxlgoves (Digitalis), lupins (Lupinus), honesty (Lunara annua), sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis), poppies (Papaver) – all of these will be forming seed heads right now and if you have them in your garden or plot, it’s well worth saving and drying them to plant for another year. Over the next few weeks, these will be joined by sweet peas, sunflowers, Cosmos, … Read More

What do you call it again?

Name the flowers shown above…. The one on the right you’ll most probably have called a bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta).  On the left? Campanula rotundifolia – the common harebell. Or… if you live in Scotland, ‘bluebell’ or ‘Scottish bluebell’. In New Zealand Wahlenbergia Saxicola is also commonly called ‘bluebell’, as is Phacelia whitlavia in the USA. There are many plants around … Read More

Cut Flower Farmers: Get ready for the UK Border Target Operating Model

Who’s fed up with hearing about Brexit and whether or not things have got better or worse since the UK formally separated from the EU?  Probably most of us!  If it doesn’t affect you on a daily basis, you’ve almost certainly started tuning out when the latest update on tariffs and border controls is announced. However, if you’re a flower … 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

Our Top Seven cut flower varieties this year

Trio of photos showing Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels', Cosmos bipinnatus 'Kiiro' and Sweet Rocket in a bouguet with tulips.

Subscribers to my newsletter (if that’s not you, sign-up here), will have heard me talk about some of the varieties of flowering plants we’ve tried for the first time this season and how they’ve fared. On your own plot, this is a great time of year to bask in successes and review things that didn’t go so well. If you’d … Read More