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…

Dahlia Hall of Fame 2018

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 your…

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..

Sweet Pea Master Class

A Sweet Pea flower workshop for anyone with a love of gardening and cut flowers. We will give you the skills and knowledge to grow your own for jugfuls of Sweetpeas for the house and armfuls to fill your bouquets and arrangements, come and join us at Swan Cottage in Buckinghamshire. The perfect gift for Mothers Day

DIY Bride – Arrange your own wedding flowers

DIY Bride – Arrange your own wedding flowers…with wedding costs mounting, bride-to-be’s are now turning to a homemade approach and DIY Wedding Flowers
The cost of the average UK wedding has spiraled to over £27,000 and the fact that flowers account for 10 per cent of the overall budget, it is no surprise that more and more newly engaged couples are looking for ways to reduce their flower costs.
 
Whats more the current trend for ‘Garden Gathered’ Bouquets and ‘Jam Jar’ style table arrangements lend themselves perfectly to the less experienced flower arranger.