The cutting garden 2016

I like to have cut flowers in the house , and as much as possible I like to cut my own.

My year starts with a little bunch of snowdrops, followed by daffodils and snowflakes, peonies and large alliums,  sweet peas in the summer, and then gladioli and dahlias. I am adding in Ammi majus, perennial gypsophila, zinnia whirligig, and delphiniums grown in the veg patch.

What are you growing for cutting?

It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,009

    fidget I am the same, a tiny posy of snowdrops or primroses makes me so happy, way more than a £25 bunch of scentless roses.. a few daffs, tulips, lots of stocks, sweet williams, more sweet peas than ever, roses of course, i only have 3 delphiniums so far but sown lots, bluebells ( inherited spanish, dig some up each year but making most of them!) lavender..think that's it!

  • daisy doodaisy doo Posts: 88

    Bishops children dahlias, rudbeckia,s, sunflowers, sweet William or for spring hellebores, dwarf narcissi and stems of pussy willow or hazel. In a cream milk jug really old-fashioned I love them x

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,040

    I sowed Ammi a week ago in plug trays in the greenhouse, and scattered some in the wildflower bit. Last year I grew 10 wk stocks, but they weren't big enough. I have seeds of the biennial sort in the hope of flowers next spring, but I haven't sown them yet. The greenhouse is already full.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,040

    I like to float hellebore flowers in a shallow dish.

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    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,040

    Aym, these are all from Ashwoods. The double dark red does not seem to set seed, and is still flowering, but the others set seed, I will be taking some off later if I remember to bag them, otherwise I  lose them in the compost around them.

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     Ashwoods are not cheap, but given that most plants sold are three year old, and the flowers make all others look like also rans... save your pennies and go and see the polytunnels full next February.  I also have a couple of their single neons

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,040

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     I am still on daffs from the garden. I'm not good at arranging, I tend to plonk them in a vase. The smell is lovely.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 5,799

    A bone of contention in our house.

    OH is always wanting to cut flowers for the house, but other than sweet peas, I have banned her.

    One day I will get round to restoring the flower beds in the orchard, and then we can have a cutting garden. 

    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now
  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 11,153

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     Flowers for cutting are a lovely thing to have.  Those hellebores are magical!

    Here are some of mine, in reverse order ( because I'm hopeless at downloading photos and they always come out the wrong way round! )

    Autumn pumpkin, with my alstromeria, asters, autumn leaves like cotinus and Cornelian Cherry, rosehips, etc.

    Summer lovelies  like sweet peas, and peonies with nepeta

    and the ubiquitous Spring daffs.

    In winter I hibernate. image

    Aberdeenshire, NE Scotland 🌞
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,040

    This group of hellebores are under an old oak tree.and faces south all winter so gets sun in Spring and autumn when the sun is low.There is a raised wall in poor state because the previous owners Great Danes used to play king of the castle on there. The bulbs and hellebores are followed by hardy geraniums later on, and then most of it dies down by June after the oak tree is in full leaf because it is in full shade and too dry.I have a cacoon.. a hanging tent like thingy to hang from one of the big branches later on. I intend rebuilding the retaining wall with stone at some point to stop the soil running off. I have never fed the hellebores apart from putting home made compost around them.

     

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,040

    The magic happens at Ashwood. Thank John Massey for his breeding programme.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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