Flowers for cutting (part 1 of 2)

Flowers for cutting (part 1 of 2)

Gardeners are divided into those that love to bring the garden inside and those who think it is a crime to cut flowers from the garden for the house. I am definitely in the ‘picking’ camp. Although I spend a lot of time in the garden it seems wrong to leave a beautiful flower ignored when I could be appreciating it in the home – as long as it doesn’t harm the plant of course!

I also have a border with dedicated cut flowers so I have a good supply without having to raid the borders. In this area I grow a lot of achilleas, easily raised from seed and they flower the first year. They are good fillers for bunches. I plant gladioli, some lilies and lots of tulips and daffodils. For summer I plant asters, lots of rudbeckias and dahlias as well as zinnias (in case the summer is warm) and sometimes some celosias. These are not too tricky from seed but they are always a risk and they grow best if the summer is warm – I grow a few in the greenhouse too.

And then there is a long row of sweet peas of course. If picked regularly so they don’t set seed they bloom from late June right into October.

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Post written by our resident gardening guru Geoff Stebbings from www.thebikinggardener.com

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