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

To lift or not to lift?  What to do with your Dahlia tubers over winter.

Close up of a gardener's hands holding dahlia tubers. Inset photo shows a peachy-pink ball dahlia.

Dahlia foliage will die off in the first frosts of late autumn/early winter. At this point you need to take steps to protect the tubers over winter.  You have two main choices: dig them up and store them or cover them snugly to sit out winter in the soil. For more information on caring for Dahlias, my Dahlia Masterclass is … Read More