Cut Flower Basics and Arranging

Simple White Arrangement

Malope and Scabious are the perfect cross over plants, flowering for a long time they will fill vases ready to add anything you like!

Malope trifida ‘Alba’

Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Garden Blend’

Dahlias and Cosmos coming early next year!

The New Grow-A-Long Seed Shop is nearly here! One of the reasons we grow!

A few of the seeds that will be part of the up coming Grow-A-Long.

Malope trifida ‘Rose’

Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Garden Blend’

Snapdragon ‘Madame Butterfly’ Antirrhinum majus

Wild Carrot Daucus carota dara

Our seeds are only available just before each Grow-A-Long and sell out quickly! If you would like to order my seeds please click the link below and add yourself to my mailing list.

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Deadheading Dahlias (4 August 2023)

How to deadhead Dahlias too keep plants nice and compact.

Dahlias tend to flower in 3’s once finished bloom, on tall varieties cut stems lower back down to a set of new shoots.

Sometime the a growth shoot is part of the trio, in this case we leave that stem to grow on. I have created this video because it much easier to show you!

In other news Neil has finally agreed that we can supply Dahlia tubers again for you next year!!

There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make this happen, I’ll share everything later but in the meantime.

Stars of the show (so far) in this video are Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill Dahlia Strawberry’s n’ Cream Dahlia Ambition Dahlia Karma Chocolate Dahlia Labyrinth

Hot Water Treatment for Cut Flowers Searing involves placing the bottom of the cut steams in boiling water, this increases the surface area available for the flower to use to absorb water and results in a more turgid and upright stem.

Be careful not to cook the stems or allow the steam near the flowers or foliage.

20 seconds is enough for the most delicate stems and a bit longer for woody stems.

A simple table arrangement using just Phlox and Cosmos.

You don’t need a dedicated cutting patch to grow enough flowers for arranging.

This year we have created 3 smaller cottage garden beds with different planting combinations. All have been grown with seeds from our grow-a-long in just a few months.

Our Autumn Jump Starter seed shop this year will include more petite varieties of our favourites so you can join in whatever your growing space. Here is an idea for right now, a simple table arrangement using just Phlox and Cosmos.

The Snapdragons have been flowering away for weeks in the garden bringing us so much joy.

Here is a super and simple quick arrangement with our garden grown stems to brighten up your kitchen table.

Most flowers are phototropic which means they bend towards the light, this is an important reason why we stake them.

Snapdragons are geotropic which means they are influenced by gravity.

Extended video harvesting Snapdragons below

Fallen stems will quickly bend giving a swan neck to your cut flowers.

Once picked flower stems will need to be kept bolt upright for poker straight flowers.

If conditioned at an angle, even in complete darkness the tips of the flowers will bend skywards and fix in that position.

I think a little bending is charming but choose a nice deep bucket or tall vase to keep the stems as straight as possible, at least until you arrange them, after which you can happily allow them to ‘do their thing’”!

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