How to plant a Bulb Lasagna

In order to have a season long display rather than one big bonanza, you should plant bulbs with a variety of flowering times.

How to grow Alliums

Alliums give the late spring, early summer garden a punch like nothing else.

Storing Dahlias over the Winter

Storing Dahlias over the Winter We have been getting so many questions on how to store your precious Dahlias over the Winter that ahead of our Live Instagram Stories we would like to share this blog post with you now. The frost has yet hit us in Buckinghamshire and at Swan Cottage Dahlias generally keep…

How to grow Ranunculus

Ranunculus, the Rose of the Spring… We are all excitedly unwrapping our parcels of little brown ranunculus corms. When they arrive, they are dormant in a dried and dehydrated state. This does make them fragile so the first thing to do is to re-hydrate them, this ‘starts’ them! Starting Ranunculus Once rehydrated they need to be pre-spouted…

Dahlia Hall of Fame 2018

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

Disbudding Dahlia’s

Too many stems diverts the plants energy into doing too much.

The same happens once blooming gets underway in earnest. The first blooms arrive atop strong sturdy stems, marvellous!

Then weeks go by and your stems seem to become progressively weaker, snapping under the strain??

What’s happening is the plant in its hurry to complete its life cycle is producing as many flowers as it can.

The heat we have been experiencing means a problem typical in Autumn is happening from the ‘get go’!

Dahlias ‘deadheading’

It can be tricky sometimes to work out what is a bud and what is a seed head when they can look so similar… dead heading is important

Dahlia Hall of Fame!

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

Wedding Flowers Jam Jars and Mason Jars

Introducing our new Mason and Jam Jar Service…

Creating Jam Jars is great fun but sometimes with everything else going on having these little treasures pre-made by us ready to collect by Dad makes the day much more relaxing.

British Flowers Week 2018

British Flowers Week – the national campaign to encourage everyone to buy more seasonal, locally grown cut flowers – is taking place on 19-25 June, and Swan Cottage Flowers will be celebrating in style…..

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.