Wire Hoop Plant Supports

Wire Hoop Plant Supports.It can be expensive and tricky to adequately support a whole cut flower garden, here are some plant supports you can make yourself…

A Romantic Tale for Valentines Day

Nothing beats a good romantic tale… This story of how Paul ‘won his girl’ will melt your heart!

Ashley and Paul’s perfect Engagement…

Horticultural Plant Types

We are going to focus our attention just on the ‘Herbaceous Group’ of plants which are the most common seeds that you will buy to grow as cut flowers… 

HERBACEOUS PLANTS (WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?)
Herbaceous plants do not develop a woody stem or structure and their stems usually die down in winter…

Our Flower Growing Frames

Flower Frames
Our own ‘invention’ these double Plant Staking with Cold Frames and extend our season here in the Chiltern Hills right on the Buckinghamshire / Bedfordshire border…

My favourite Flower Podcasts

I asked you what you might find useful in future blogs posts and near the top was my favourite resources so I thought we would kick this off with PODCASTS! I am a real fan of podcasts because I LOVE learning and I LOVE gardening and with podcasts you can do both at the same…

Spring Dahlia Master Class  

or the first time ever we are going to take you on our journey from the very beginning…

We will show you how to wake your Dahlia’s up for flowers from the end of June
Splitting Tubers, Taking Cuttings, Pinching, Planting, Cloches and Protection, Support, Pests and Diseases, Feeding and much much more…
From getting started to extending your season its all covered here!

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 2017!

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