I am cutting at last! Lots of Daffodils and smaller scented Narcissus. I have been using Narcissus from Cornwall over the last few weeks but I am now cutting my own...both at home and at Somerleyton Hall. I start with my own Paperwhites around Christmas, then a gap and my Grand Solieil d'Or ....then my spring season starts. I am growing Cheerfulness, Winston Churchill and Sweet Love which is my favourite...Cream, highly scented with a small trumpet. I also grow Thalia and Silver Chimes and numerous blooms of unknown varieties. Each year I think I will try some different varieties next year....Next year I would like to grow some larger varieties of Daffodils, perhaps with frilled trumpets and apricot coloured centres. I like the look of Fragrant Rose, White Lion, High Society and Ice King. Also the Orchid style Daffodils. I so enjoy when they start flowering and herald the arrival of spring.
Until now I have let my Daffodils fend for themselves but having done some reading I think I should feed and water them to encourage better growth and flowering. My soil is very dry and sandy so lacks moisture and nutrients. I do allow the leaves to die back naturally to allow the plant to store nutrients in the bulbs. This year some of my scented Narcissus have come through slightly short...It has been very dry, so I am wondering if this is the cause. This is the wonderful thing about gardening, always something new to learn.
Don't forget that Daffodils and Narcissus are poisonous, so never eat and always wash your hands after handling. They also produce a lot of sap when cut, this sap can cause other flowers to deteriorate if they are kept in the same vase. I find if the Daffs are cut in advance and kept in water before mixing with other flowers this can be minimised.
What are your favourite varieties?.... Please let me know.
The Wedding Season is almost upon us and I am putting together some information about how cutting garden weddings work. It is a little different from the way florists traditionally work....we can't guarantee particular blooms and we can't work to a very specific colour brief, but we can promise beauty and scent. The flowers we use are often not available commercially via traditional retail, event florists or florist wholesalers. At The Garden Gate I specialise in using British flowers many grown in my cutting garden, all seasonal and freshly cut. My style is very natural and wild looking, country flowers. Where possible I try to work with out florists foam as it is not eco friendly being made from petrochemicals and doesn't biodegrade, it also doesn't suit the more delicate blooms I like to use. I have written a fact sheet which will help people understand a little more about how I work and hopefully be encouraged to consider using English country flowers for their wedding. Please contact me if you would like a copy.
Some of you will know I have been looking for somewhere to sell my flowers for Mother's Day.....this is still work in progress. Meantime just to let you know what I will have and how you can buy my flowers. I will have Anemones, Snowdrops, Ranunculus, Alstromeria, Narcissus and Tulips from Cornwall along with foliages, blossom, Hellebores and some Narcissus from my cutting garden.
Small Jam Jar Posies £7.50p
Large Jam Jar Posies £10.00p
Small Posy of beautiful scented spring flowers in Cellophane £15
Luxury Posy of scented spring garden flowers in Cellophane £25
Small Jug of scented spring flowers £25
Large Jug of scented spring garden flowers £35
Luxury Large Jug of scented spring garden flowers £47
You can order flowers by emailing/phoning me and payment either by BACS/Bank Transfer or invoice....cash/cheque.
Flowers can be collected or delivered free around Southwold and surrounding area. Further afield flowers are posted via Royal Mail Special Delivery.
Prices for flowers by post.... Posy of scented spring garden flowers £30, Luxury posy of scented spring garden flowers £39. Flowers will be sent out on Friday 13th March for delivery by 1pm on Saturday 14th March.
The good news is that I can daily see the cutting garden coming into life! It won't be long until the season is upon us and starting with my scented Narcissus I will be making bouquets, and decorating weddings with my beautiful garden flowers.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.