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…

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

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’!

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.

Dahlia Day / Dahlia Master Class  

There are Dahlia’s for planters and containers, Dahlias for small gardens and Dahlias that reach 7 feet tall!

Add to that the shapes, Anemone, Ball, Cactus, Collerette, Decorative, Dinner plate, Orchid, Peony, Pompon and Waterlily…

Once you have choosen your size and shape there is then the myriad of colours, some so unique its difficult to describe!