A few posts ago now quite a few of you expressed an interest in a 'Wild Acre' list of flowers that are easy to grow and great for cutting. Sarah even wondered if I could do an e-course in how to arrange garden flowers. Golly.
The answer is, I would love to share these things with you! Whilst I am not a highly-trained horticultural expert, nor am I an experienced big scale flower farmer, what I can share is about four years' worth of reading, researching, trial and many-an-error growing and learning the basics of floristry, and a summary of what has really worked for me in a garden situation without polytunnels or greenhouses or the use of chemicals.
Flowers and foliage that I have grown from seed or small plants that have really earned their place in my garden by giving weeks of beautiful blooms that provide stunning, longlasting cut flowers is what I really want to share with you. And how to all make it wildlife/pollinator friendly.
I am not going to recommend anything that I have not trialled myself, and I will be completely upfront about things that haven't worked so well. And for the floristry side? Well, I'll tell you what I know, but I'm hoping some seriously talented floral designers I am lucky enough to call friends will up the ante somewhat with some brilliant ideas, tips and how-tos.
So, do you want to join in? If you have ever wanted to know how to best grow flowers in your garden, allotment, balcony or rooftop that will work fantastically as cut flowers to enjoy in your house or give to friends as gifts, please drop by on Fridays over the summer and early Autumn. I think it's going to be fun! Please feel free to ask any questions as we go along, and I will answer them in the following post rather than in the comments space, so we can all glean as much information as possible. Or add your own suggestions, that would be great! This will be a learning-all-together kind of affair, so I'm hoping to learn from you too, I know how clever so many of you are with flowers!
The perfect time for planning and planting a cutting garden, or incorporating cut flower elements into your existing garden is September/October, so the timing is such that by the time the autumn is upon us, you will have all the info you need to get planting! And I will have an armful of lovely ideas from you. Whoop! Three sleeps 'til Friday! xxx