This is what is happening in the cutting garden right now! About a month at least later than usual....Sweet Peas. I think is was the cold weather earlier in the season that delayed things but who knows. There are Cornflowers and Marigolds and soon Cosmos and Ammi. The Dahlias are on their way but have been significantly nibbled by slugs in some cases ....luckily not all. Every year is different. What is great is that my friend Julie a grower in Norfolk is growing different things to me Snapdragons, Zinnias and Scabious so I have a good range to choose from. The weather has turned hot at last which means some things will come and go quickly, so it is a changing palette each week.
I am changing the planting in the Cutting Garden to use more perennials as I have got busier and busier this will hopefully ensure a supply of flowers with at least some reduction in workload???
There are some firm favourites which I can't do without and that includes the Sweet Peas which are grown each year from seed. Some things I now have a fabulous supply from another grower e.g. Roses so I am trying to focus on the things which grow well here....Tulips and Dahlias especially and things which I love....Tulips again! The brochures are arriving already!!
I grow in a parterre system with little beds and am trying to get this all under control and looking fabulous....no mean feat! The paths are difficult to manage but I want it to look pretty as well as being functional.
This week there have been funerals, bouquets, flower crowns for Latitude and unusually no wedding....but then next weekend the weddings start again. Three upcoming weddings are being held at lovely local churches, so I have been out looking and planning....one of the real joys of the job.
So for a sunny Sunday evening, wine, family barbecue and Countryfile talking about meadows.
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.