Plant Feeding and Plant Tea’s

About this time of the year no matter how good your soil, your plants will have exhausted the nutrients and will need a helping hand.

Dahlia Hall of Fame!

Dahlia Hall of Fame, the very best Dahlias to grow as cut Flowers for Flower arranging, Weddings and Events

Cutting and Conditioning

Cutting Flowers 
An easy way to remember is not to cut flowers for something important like a Wedding or Event if you can feel the heat of the sun on the back of your neck…

I pick in the early morning or the cool of the evening straight into water and then keep them in a cool and dark place for at least a few hours – preferably overnight.

Planting

ts really important to give your plants a chance ‘toughen up’ or ‘Harden off’ before planting out in the garden.

Its not just the change in temperature, they also have to get acclimatised to, lower humidity and increased air movement.

We move our plants from the greenhouse or polytunnel outside but under cold frames for 7-10 days.

Then for another period we will remove the cold frames but still give the plants some wind protection. A wall, close to the home or for us the side of the greenhouse is ideal.

Pinching Out

Pinching out the tip of branching plants is one of the most important techniques to give much stockier plants that will give you many more flowers in your cut flower garden!

How to take Dahlia Cuttings

As so many of you have purchased our Dahlia Tubers I thought it would be fun to follow on from ‘Dahlia Planting Instructions‘ with ‘How to take Dahlia Cuttings’   Cuttings It’s a really great way to multiply your stock when you’re first starting out and only have a few plants and want to increase…

How to Sow Seeds

Sowing Seeds
With the cold Spring of 2018 you may be a little behind with your seed sowing…

The good news is, they will soon catch up and many seeds such as Zinnia’s actually resent been sown too early. 

After a quick germination, they quickly die off as they sit in cold damp soil…

April is ideal, the sky is bright, the sun is warm, lets get started! 
You’ll need seed trays, pots, bottom trays, potting compost, vermiculite or horticultural grit, clear dome lids, and plant labels.

Dahlia Day / Dahlia Master Class  

There are Dahlia’s for planters and containers, Dahlias for small gardens and Dahlias that reach 7 feet tall!

Add to that the shapes, Anemone, Ball, Cactus, Collerette, Decorative, Dinner plate, Orchid, Peony, Pompon and Waterlily…

Once you have choosen your size and shape there is then the myriad of colours, some so unique its difficult to describe!

Dahlia Planting Instructions

Dahlia Planting Instructions, what to do with them when they arrive…I start mine in generous pots in March and early April (make sure the Tuber has room to put out roots and grow…However you have started your Dahlias you will need to pinch out the tips of the main shoot as they grow… Swan Cottage Flowers

Interview with Joanne Truby Floral Design

Interview with Joanne Truby Floral Design…When did you set up Swan Cottage Flowers and what prompted you to start up your own flower growing business? 
I decided I loved flowers before we even had any outside space of our own…

Flower Farming for beginners

Flower Farming For Beginners.
The UK is a tiny island packed with people, hardly anyone has a piece of land let alone a farm, yet we all dream of farming flowers one day…

Well that day is today!

The good news is you need a lot less space that you might think to grow cut flowers and  produce bucket loads of gorgeous blooms!

Dahlias to buy

Dahlias are brilliant cut flowers and suppliers can be patchy, we at Swan Cottage grow all our tubers first to ensure that you get what you ordered!

Dream Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers in particular can make a huge difference to the background of the Wedding… The cost can come as somewhat of a shock, leaving brides disappointed as budgets have already been eaten up on the other essentials..