July 07, 2011

Creating a cut flower garden



Welcome to the Wild Acre series on creating a cut flower garden. It will explore two main topics: how to grow cut flowers and then ideas on how to harvest, condition and arrange the flowers.


I'm *really* hoping you will participate in asking lots of questions or sharing your own tips/experiences at the end of each post, because I know there are flower fans, both would-be and professional flower growers and florists who read this blog and it would be so interesting and useful for us all to pool some ideas and see the inspiration flourish! No question is too novice and many, I am sure, will send me scurrying to my bookshelves to find answers!


So, lets sit around this cyber garden table, cups of tea or homemade lemonade to hand,  and learn together. My goal is to post the series every Friday during the summer and early Autumn, and have a round up of questions/answers on a Monday. (End of July and first week of August may be a little interrupted by holiday plans so apologies if posts are a little hit and miss for those two weeks.)

Right, here is a breakdown of the ten posts I am planning:

Recommended Reading: Books and Blogs


A cut flower plot part 1


A cut flower plot part 2


The List: my list of favourite flowers and foliage for cutting


Planning and planting guide


Trouble shooting


Harvesting and conditioning


Arranging part 1


Arranging part 2


Care Tips for cut flowers





Any questions or requests? I'll post them with my answers on Monday. Otherwise, for some seriously fabulous books and blogs which will help and inspire the flower growing adventure, pop by next Friday. xxx

32 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea... I am right there at your table ready to learn! And LOVE the combination of colours in the first photograph so much. Very talented you are Belinda. XX

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  2. How very exciting. You seem to have covered everything. I can't wait!

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  3. I will be taking notes. I'm in. The first photo is so beautiful and the last arrangement.

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  4. The very first picture is my favorite. The mix of plants is exciting. I like the wild look this part of your property has.

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  5. I'm ready and waiting...
    Julie x
    PS Staple gun! Every girl should have one..x

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  6. I am so, so excited about learning from you, Belinda. Really ridiculously so!!

    What a GREAT ideas for blog posts!! I love 'em all!!

    Sarahxxx

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  7. Count me in too! What a great idea. Can't wait!

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  8. really looking forward to this. I need lots of help! I always get confused about when to do stuff, especially as we're quite far north....

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  9. I am so looking forward to learning, this will be fun!

    What 2 flowers would you say are a 'must' to have in your flower garden?

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  10. I'll be there next Friday

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  11. Hi Belinda,

    What a great idea! I have two questions; what can I plant in shady areas and what is the pretty teasel-shaped grass in this arrangement on your other post: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2rRjMNid9Y0/ThIU3fMol9I/AAAAAAAABoA/AMg65ADQBHk/s1600/IMG_4296.JPG

    Thanks!

    Charlotte

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  12. What a wonderful idea!!! I can't wait! Thank you for taking the time and energy to organize what I am sure will be an amazingly fun and educational project. You rock!

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  13. Oops, I meant that I like the picture of the house ( 2 ) best.

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  14. Great idea Belinda, looking forward to this.. what a beautiful outside space you have, just lovely x

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  15. What a perfectly wonderful plan! I'm unlikely to be able to implement much of what you'll be covering as my garden no longer lends itself to growing flowers on a dedicated basis, but I'll enjoy following all you share. Your own garden is beautiful!

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  16. Belinda I am so excited about this! You're so lovely to be doing this and I can't wait! I'll be the one asking the most idiotic questions! X

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  17. Oh I thought it was starting today, boo! I am so happy that you are running this series of posts - thank you - and I'm looking forward to seeing the comments of your florist bloddies too.

    Nicki xx

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  18. Today I learned that Dahlias like to be cut in boiling water. Who knew? I am so exited! Huge Hugs across the world :-)

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  19. A curriculum! I love it. can hardly wait. see you Friday and happy weekend.

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  20. What a great idea! I am really intrigued that you have grown flowers on a large scale - that sounds really interesting too. I'd love to work on a flower farm for a summer - hard work I'm sure, but I'd love being out with my beautiful 'friends'. I actually might look into doing that next summer...Hmmm XOL

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  21. The last bouquet is gorgeous...adore the colors and textures together. So wish I could do this!!

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  22. Please keep going. This is exactly what I am working towards down here in Oz land. At the moment there is a lot of education to be done regarding the cut flower industry - in the mean time i will hang on to your every word and dream about achieving in our dry cliamte.

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  23. Thank you all for your lovely comments, I have had no internet connection this weekend, but will enjoy answering your questions tomorrow, Monday. x

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  24. No internet connection? So you were forced to spend time outdoors in your beautiful garden?

    This is an excellent idea Belinda. I always need more help in the planning and planting of my garden.

    Love your patio area, just love.

    xo Jane

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  25. Hello, I'm back and what do I find but an epic plan! Wow this is an undertaking Belinda! I shall certainly enjoy reading all your tips, I doubt I will have anything useful to share with you though! I shall simply appreciate your amazing flowers!

    Sarah x

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  26. Really appreciate this post...Hope to see more good posts in the future.
    http://www.freshflowerscanada.ca/

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  27. I love flowers and want a beautiful garden in front of my house. This blog is really helpful for me as I am going to have them in my garden.

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  28. افعل الخير مهما استصغرته فلا تدري اي حسنة تدخلك الجنة .. ما اجمل ديننا .

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  29. I'm in! Tho late in the game.
    I found you on Pinterest, someone else's pin.
    I was pinning some of her collection to put in my own board about deer proof plants. Florists are so hungry for local grown flowers that I was told they'd buy whatever I brought in. I already supply them with lavender. They provided me a list, and from there I chose those that I know the deer won't destroy as I am working with what I've got - and I have no fences.
    Does anybody else have experience growing a cutting garden in deer country. I am in western Montana. Pinterest.com/Loriparr11

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  30. I've been considering planting a cutting garden, and your posts have been truly inspiring. Thank you!

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  31. I've been considering planting a cutting garden, and your posts are so inspiring! Thank you!

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