I love nipping out into the garden, early in the morning, in my flip flops, comfies on, hair up in a messy bun with a pair of scissors and just cutting away creating a cute posy of flowers. With summer is coming to an end, I think this will be the last time that I manage to get such a full bunch! My garden might be small, but it has survived despite the heatwave (some plants better than others, I’m looking at you hydrangeas) I am pretty sure thats down to Christian rather than any green fingers I might have! We have been here for 5 years now and I feel like we are only just starting to get the garden we wanted with the larger plants and trees establishing.
There are 4 rose plants in the garden, 2 ramblers and 2 climbers, the ramblers flower once in a blaze of glory and its up to the climbers to provide colour and smell for the rest of the year. Both climbers are from David Austen and have the most amazing scent, they are the pink ones in the bunch above and I am trying to train it alone the top of the fence at the bottom of our garden.
Sarah Raven has been a massive revelation to me in terms of learning which flowers are best for growing with the intention of cutting, I had never even heard of her till Sarah (talented florist, Sarah Guild Floral Designs!) showed me one of the catalogs and I think I spent all my money there and then! From her was the Cosmos (Purity), Sweet Peas, Thlaspi arvense ‘Green Bells’ and Veronica and then the flowering mint was some that I bought from Tesco around 3 years ago, chucked in a pot, ignored it and let it do whatever it wanted!
The little vintage bottles, of which I seem to have an ever growing collection, are perfect for these kinds of posies. I pick them up from charity shops, vintage markets or from cute little independent shops but you have to be careful that you don’t pay over the odds as they are popular for weddings!!
Have you started a cutting garden? Let me know what varieties you recommend growing!