The bulbs are over so we are swapping out the pots in Neil’s homemade patio containers with Dahlias that are best suited to pots.
Cutting and conditioning Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis aka Dame’s Rocket, Dame’s Violet).
Spring Tour of the garden and a chance to catch up with the Autumn Jump Starter Plants
Sowing of Courgette, Climbing French Beans and Runner Beans for the Garden and patio pots
Panicum Frosted Explosion is an amazing as garden decoration as well as a cut flower foliage filler for late summer until the frosts.
Zinnias are tender plants native to Mexico and as a result resent cold wet conditions.
Avoid frost at all costs. This video will explain how to achieve the best results.
Orach (Atriplex hortensis) perfect for dramatic garden decoration especially towards the end of Summer and Autumn. The tender leaves can be eaten just like spinach or leave plants to develop seed pods to use as cut flowers.
Kitchen Garden update plus starting Cucumbers for planting in the greenhouse or in patio pots
Wrinkled Cress is the perfect quick foliage filler for your bouquets and arrangements. In this video I give you a whistle stop tour from sowing and growing through to harvesting.
In this video I explain different sowing techniques, successional sowing and answer your questions at the end
How to sow and grow Amaranthus for cut flowers as well as dramatic garden decoration
How to sow and grow Helichrysum.
Flowers will bloom until the frosts taking the place of earlier flowering hardy annual plants.
Flowers can be used both fresh or dried for everlasting flowers.
How to sow and grow one of the worlds favourite garden plants, Cosmos bipinnatus for armfuls of blooms and dramatic garden display this Summer.
When and how should you pick Ranunculus and what is the Marshmallow stage?
Dahlia Videos will be added here throughout the season…
We are starting at the beginning again!
Fast growing and easy for the beginner.
Wonderful used fresh in bouquets and arrangements, filling in all those awkward gaps, Statice can be dried for everlasting flowers.
Tomatoes need to be kept above 5C so you may need to sow and grow them indoors initially. To help prevent leggy seedlings (leggy Linda’s) you can create a simple foil reflector.
How to sow and grow Sweetpeas
How we support our Sweet Pea’s and protect the blooms from rain and adverse weather conditions.
One of the first foliage fillers to be ready in my garden and the last still standing in November! This perennial, once established, will give you bucket loads of stems and needs very little care and attention. Fresh green foliage early in the season and stems with delicate flowers later in summer.
Carnations ‘Dianthus caryophyllus’, technically a tender perennial. Carnations are best grown as an annual. They dislike damp conditions so are unsuitable for Autumn Jump Starting. Sown in late winter gives them not only the time and but also lower temperatures at the young plant stage to achieve strong bushy growth.
Late Winter is the perfect time to sow Rudbeckia hirta for blooms from later in Summer until the frosts.
Pinching Snapdragons Late Winter is the perfect time to sow a 2nd round of Snapdragons, they will bloom slightly later than the Autumn Jump Starter Snapdragons which should now be ready for pinching to create more bouquet sized stems. Full how to and why in this video.
How to sow and grow your own Eucalyptus
From sowing and successful germination all the way thru to flowering, harvesting blooms and arranging.
Malope trifida and Stock (matthiola incana) part 1 sowing seeds for successful germination. You can follow along in real time by following me on Instagram
The annual scabious (scabiosa atropurpurea) is a supreme cut flower! I like to sow late winter for best results
Late Winter 2nd Sowing of Anemone and Ranunculus Corms For busy gardeners you can now plan ahead with our Grow-A-Long Handbooks. It contains technical growing information including plant heights and spacing, what to pinch and when, key dates to help you plan for the growing season ahead, and a sowing schedule.
The best time to sow Sweetpeas is in the Autumn but you also have a short window in late winter. In this video I explain why it’s best not to sow any later than the end of February.
In these videos we will discuss Soil PH, Soil Structure, Soil Horizons, Planting and Composting.
Leaves turning yellow for no apparent reason? Your plants could be suffer from ‘Cold Shock’.
In this video I’m going to demonstrate how to make a simple buttonhole using flowers you have grown yourself from your garden.
My list of essential kit is also available in the handbooks with pages you can print and take it shopping. In these videos I will also take you through each item and explain the use.
In this video I will explain what a seed is which will help you understand why we need to store them carefully in a cool dry place.
How to make your own cold frames
VC Corrugated Roof Sheets
Length : 2m Width : 762mm
Frame 850mm x 350mm Pressure treated wood (Total needed approx. 6.5M)
Back legs 2 x 500mm
Front legs 2 x 400mm these are shorter so rain will run off
Extra support baton 25mm x 35mm (total wood 2.8M)
Roof fixings will cover any screws in the roof
Drying Strawflowers and wiring.
It is better to wire flowers fresh and then dry them, they are easier and less fragile.
Convert your ‘Leggy Linda’ seedlings into new plants by taking Sweet Pea cuttings.
Leggy Seedlings is the most common problem when starting seeds is too little light.
Dahlia Hall of Fame, the very best Dahlias to grow as cut Flowers for Flower arranging, Weddings and Events
Is there any flower in the world more beautiful than a Peony?
Herbaceous Peonies are the most well known type of peony and probably the most converted Wedding Flower ever! Not a single stem is wasted.
Here are my top tips on how to grow Herbaceous Peonies.
Wire Hoop Plant Supports.It can be expensive and tricky to adequately support a whole cut flower garden, here are some plant supports you can make yourself…
Our own ‘invention’ these double Plant Staking with Cold Frames and extend our season here in the Chiltern Hills right on the Buckinghamshire / Bedfordshire border…
In order to have a season long display rather than one big bonanza, you should plant bulbs with a variety of flowering times.
To accompany our Instagram Stories on ‘Overwintering Dahlia Tubers’ here are my top key points Rule #1 is keep your Dahlias dry while they hibernate We don’t wash our Dahlia tubers until the Spring as we find this just discourages the likelihood that they will not freeze or rot. Rule #2 gentle humidity and ventilation…
An easy way to remember is not to cut flowers for something important like a Wedding or Event if you can feel the heat of the sun on the back of your neck…
I pick in the early morning or the cool of the evening straight into water and then keep them in a cool and dark place for at least a few hours – preferably overnight.