January is a difficult time in the cutting garden. I have Snowdrops, Hellebores, Winter Honeysuckle, Viburnum and Forced Hyacinths. The weather is cold and spirits low, the beautiful colours and scent of Hyacinths helps. There is a waiting game...waiting for spring and the Narcissus, then the Tulips...The prepared Hyacinth bulbs are released by the bulb companies in August which is when you need to plant for a Christmas showing. I generally wait until September as I want flowers in January. At Christmas I have Paper White Narcissus and it is January when I want the colour and scent of Hyacinths. They are planted in pots and kept in the cool dark for about 3 months. Then taken into the light and moderate warmth. I find they flower about three to four weeks later. The deep purple in the picture is Woodstock this is a particularly stunning variety. I have blue, pink, white and purple available this week starting at £7.50 a pot do let me know if you would like some.
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.