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By pancy


hi everyone.
It must be well over a year now since I last blogged.

Just to let you know that we are on another new venture.

A cut flower garden.

Any suggestions will be most welcome.

We are very fortunate to have a small piece of land that we are renting.

Filled at the mo with spring bulbs.

I am wanting to have flowers all year well that is the general idea.

So anything you can suggest would be wonderful.

Roll on the warmer weather , it is 5degrees right now here in West Sussex .

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some of my faves for a vase are Nigella, gypsophilia, stocks, cosmos, annual asters, phlox, delphiniums etc.
all are relatively easy to grow too.

22 Feb, 2015


If you like making small flower arrangements you might find a root of common meadow rue (Thalictrum flavum) very useful. It has leaves like maidenhair fern, and you can also use the sprays of very tiny yellow flowers. No idea if anybody sells it but I'll send you a bit if you like. I wouldn't be without it. Use the more mature leaves as the very young ones wilt if you pick them.

For small arrangements Lamium usually has a few flowers on somewhere and so does good old Bowles Mauve. Old fashioned pinks - some newer ones have a longer season than the old ones. Sweet peas - if you don't want the tall ones try Jet Set or Knee Hi which will be happy on a row of pea sticks.

If you have any forsythia you can bring sprays indoors in February and they will open ages before those in the garden.

Don't forget dahlias (and slugs!) and chrysanthemums for autumn, and Rudbeckia and Japanese anemones too. Smaller sunflowers. Not very inspired but all good reliable stuff.

Plox, antirrhinums, Gazania, Gerbera

22 Feb, 2015


I like Rudbeckias for cutting. They come late in the year when other things might be ending, and there are several different varieties.

My favs of all are Sweet Williams and Sweet Peas :o)

22 Feb, 2015



I have so much to think about .
Thank you all for your brilliant suggestions all noted.

I would like to take your offer of the common meadow rue

I love all the suggestions made, my thoughts at the mo have not got passed the spring and summer flowers.

22 Feb, 2015


Send me a PM with your address Pancy.

22 Feb, 2015


Just for the record it isn't a true rue but a thalictrum - don't know why it seems to have picked up that name because true meadow rue is a much bigger plant.

13 Mar, 2015

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