Dahlia Hall of Fame, the very best Dahlias to grow as cut Flowers for Flower arranging, Weddings and Events
Is there any flower in the world more beautiful than a Peony?
Herbaceous Peonies are the most well known type of peony and probably the most converted Wedding Flower ever! Not a single stem is wasted.
Here are my top tips on how to grow Herbaceous Peonies.
Ranunculus, the Rose of the Spring…
Ranunculus, called the ‘Rose of Spring’ will provide gorgeous blooms throughout the start of the season giving you an abundance of flowers long before the Roses wake up…
Anemones, the star of Spring Bouquets
Flowering throughout the spring, these gorgeous blooms are firm a favorite with floral designers and our brides.
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…
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…
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…
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’!
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.
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.