How to grow Peonies

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.

How to grow Ranunculus

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…

How to grow Anemones

Anemones, the star of Spring Bouquets

Flowering throughout the spring, these gorgeous blooms are firm a favorite with floral designers and our brides.

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…

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 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.