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 – 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

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

Are you living on Flower Time?

Photo image of two Evening Primrose flowers opening.

Anyone who’s dipped into horticultural history, will know the name of Carl Linnaeus. He was an 18th century Swedish naturalist most famous for classifying all minerals, plants and animals known at that time. You’d think he’d want a long lie down after that, but no – he went on to establish the use of binomial nomenclature for plants which had … Read More