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Monday, 17 July 2017

Fresh Flowers From The Garden for Cutting

Bringing Flowers Into The Home

Sweet peas and leucanthemum daisies are just some of the fresh flowers you can grow easily in your garden.

Whilst buying fresh flowers is something most of us do once in a while it is not always part of the budget every week but if you have got a garden it shouldn’t need to cost anything extra.  Every season there is something beautiful and free. I would start with hellebores in early spring. Floating the flowers in shallow bowls of water as a center piece can look so pretty.

Sweet Peas and Leucanthemum Daisies

May onwards nothing is a delighful as a mixed bunch from your own garden with a little trim of lime green Alichemillia molis.

Alchemillia molis

There are always fresh blooms and foliage to be harvested from the garden throughout the whole year and it can be fun to consider this when choosing plants for your garden but in late summer it is particularly easy. June, July and August are abundant with fresh flowers. Flowers are plentiful.

Why not enjoy a few minutes in your garden with a pair of scissors this month. A few choice perennials and perhaps a bit of foliage popped in a vase or country jug and you will find you have something pretty chic. 

Perennials For Cutting
So many of the late summer perennials look wonderful in a vase and as long as you have a reasonable clump growing cutting a few flowers will probably invigorate the plant encouraging it to be more floriferous rather than going to seed.

I love a vase full of Leucanthemum daisies. I just snip the stems and strip the foliage off. They are all lovely from the yellow Broadway Lights to the Wirril types. I find the small headed varieties like Victorian Secret very dainty and appealing but that’s personal choice and whether you like the large bold daisy heads of Thomas Killen or the stringy Wirral’s Pride or the shaggy Phyillis Smith its doesn’t really matter. One of the best things about Daisies is they mix very well with other flowers and look perfect in a vase alone.

Orangey red heleniums are quiet abundant now and make a good splash of bold colour as are things like blue asters, achillia, echinacea , astrantias, veronicas, salvias, striking orange or red Crocosmia, commonly known as Montbretia its quiet  an endless list this month.
 Its a creative opportunity. All you need is a vase or a jug a pair of scissors and a bit of imagination.

 I love blue or blue and silver. How about a vase of steely blue eryngium (Sea Holly) and a few deep blue Cardoons. Lavender could not be more simple and is lovely in a vase.
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Shrubs For Cutting
Lots of the summer flowering  shrubs can spare a few blooms for the house. The mop head hydrangea are out and the heads look fabulous in the garden but also very classy in a vase, even when fading and the long paniculata heads of creamy white Limelight or Phantom look particularly impressive. Hypericum can look great especial the small headed varieties in the magic series. There is certainly lots of buddleja (butterfly bushes) to cut and probably quiet a few roses. Don't forget to collect some foliage, its as important as flowers and the are plenty of colourful foliage plants. In small arrangements the smaller leaved foliage such as pittosporum look less heavy and clumsy, but also look at the feathery textures like bronze leaved fennel and I have mentioned the fresh limey alchemillia mollis. Euphorbia varieties are also exceptionally useful foliage plants for flower arranging.

Plant a A Cutting Garden
If you don’t want to cut flowers from your garden borders how about growing a few rows of flowers just for cutting with your vegetables. It will also benefit the your vegetable plants encouraging bees and beneficial insects  to the satellite. If you have a little space it’s the perfect opportunity to seed some sweet peas in the Autumn or spring so you will be cutting probably the best beautiful fragrant blooms for the house from May to late summer. All they need is a reasonably rich bit of ground or a pot and something to grow up. I would also suggest seeding a row of Nigella (love in the Mist) a very pretty seed head. Its definitely one of my top 10 easy to grow cut flowers. I have often sprinkled the seeds in my borders so they appear like a random mist amongst my mauve and pink perennials. Larkspur also seeds well and is very pretty, with a spiky flower appearing like a miniature delphinium, in pinks and blues. It makes a sophisticated vase. Alstroemerias are alway recomended for cutting gardens and alliums bulbs are great for the spring early summer (there are later varieties also). In summer you have to have delphiniums and larkspur they always look sophisticated.

Hypericum, berberis and fennel
I  recomend you have cut flower bed for fresh flowers perhaps along side your vegetables or integrate some of the best perennials for cutting into your borders and enjoy free fresh flowers in the home all year round.

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