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.

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…

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!

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!

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

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