Filler flowers - an essential part of the cutting garden for bouquets and wedding designs, and I'd have countless varieties if I had the space for them! However, I'm working with just a few beds, and have to be very selective about what I grow. I'm growing no more than about 15 different fillers and these 5 are my absolute favourites.Read More
I love teaching workshops, and it's become almost second nature now. It's always wonderful to see people create beautiful things from flowers and over the last few years I've taught countless wreaths and handtied workshops. Recently though, flower crowns have had a real surge of popularity and they were the class of choice for this summer's hen dos. There was a tropical theme with Hawaiian shirts, English country garden flowers in a luxury glamping site* and pinks and yellows in a hidden Devon valley.Read More
Autumn is here and the garden is slowly starting to wind down for the winter. I'm working with a fairly small space in my cutting garden, beds are precious and only the most beautiful and productive plants get a spot. Even so, there's a lot to do and I've been out over the last couple of weeks pottering about; taking cuttings, planting out and clearing spaces for the spring bulb order that's coming soon.
It's got me thinking about my favourite plants, which ones I'll always make space for, so I thought I'd do a 'My Top 5 Plants for the Cutting Garden' blog post. But after about 30 seconds of writing I realised that would just be impossible - there are far too many! But I've managed to narrow down my top 5 in various different categories, and over the next couple of months I'm going to be sharing these with you, and hopefully inspiring you in your garden planning for next year!Read More
We’re in the thick of going-to-weddings season at the moment, three down and one to go! And what is a wedding without confetti? I love it, colourful and fluttery and celebratory. But the paper stuff is a nightmare, staining everything and having to be swept up. I much prefer to make my own from flower petals and larkspur are the absolute easiest to useRead More
Summer is in full swing in the cutting garden and the beds are bursting with colour and beautiful blooms. Roses and clematis are scrambling over the fences, the dahlias are towering over Imogen's head and cerinthe is spilling out of the herb border. We've had a few rainy days that have rotted roses and encouraged slugs which has been frustrating but things are, thankfully, looking up!Read More
This week I finally pulled up the tulip bulbs to get some space back for perennials. They bloomed for weeks and filled that little corner of the garden with gorgeous soft pink tones. So beautiful but also such a learning curve, it appears I have a lot to learn about growing tulips!Read More