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.

How to plant a Bulb Lasagna

In order to have a season long display rather than one big bonanza, you should plant bulbs with a variety of flowering times.

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…

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.

Dahlia Planting Instructions

Dahlia Planting Instructions, what to do with them when they arrive…I start mine in generous pots in March and early April (make sure the Tuber has room to put out roots and grow…However you have started your Dahlias you will need to pinch out the tips of the main shoot as they grow… Swan Cottage Flowers

Flower Farming for beginners

Flower Farming For Beginners.
The UK is a tiny island packed with people, hardly anyone has a piece of land let alone a farm, yet we all dream of farming flowers one day…

Well that day is today!

The good news is you need a lot less space that you might think to grow cut flowers and  produce bucket loads of gorgeous blooms!

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..