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…

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’!

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.

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 your…

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.

Workshops – Grow Your Own Cut Flowers

This Gardening Workshop is perfect for anyone just beginning their Cut Flower Journey, right through to those looking to Grow Cut Flowers for Profit and Flower Farming.

Places are limited  so we can answer all your burning questions!

You will receive fact sheets as we go along so there is no need to try and remember it all, you can just relax and enjoy the day. 

Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, close to the towns of Tring, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Flitwick, Waddesdon and Woburn

Kelly and Tommy

A Midsummers Night Dream. Surrounded by trees and nature, Kelly and Tommy made their vows in the woods…Kelly made all her own floral arrangements from the Bridal Bouquet, Buttonholes, Bridesmaids Bouquets and Flower Girl Posy’s, they kept things simple with elegant silk flower crowns….With Jam Jars waiting filled with clean water, once the Ceremony was over Kelly used the bouquets to add to the table arrangements….The bouquets and table arrangements blend seamlessly together…