It’s time for a progress report on Bloom 3.0 and a quick tour of what’s going on in the garden right now.
Above are the lovely cornflowers.
Here is a run down of the annuals I’ve grown this year for cutting.
- Ammi Majus
- Calendula officinalis
- Nicotiana ‘whisper mixed’
- Centaurea mix
- Helianthus ‘Valentine’ and ‘Italian White’
- Lathyrus two packets of mixed colours
- Nigella damascena
- Papaver rhoeas ‘Mother of Pearl’
- Salvia viridis mix
- Ten weeks Stocks mix
I have lots of other plants that I use for cutting too. Basically anything is fair game in the garden for a vase if I can force myself to cut it!
I’ve been cutting sweet peas for about two weeks now. The supports and added ‘muck’ I put into their little plot has paid dividends. Below is the plot in the wood at the back of the house. Our back gate is just out of the shot facing the main bed.
Thanks to two great posts over here I really paid extra attention to these plants and so far so good. I had to add more netting to the top of the supports. They are reaching about 6 ft now.
I have never had sweet pea stems this long before.
The bed that was planted with all the other annuals is doing well too and that netting, well why didn’t I do this years ago?
The sunflowers are still growing as are the cosmos. Looking forward to those flowering soon.
Of course I am already thinking how to do better next year. Which plants I’d like to add to the mix. I am short of annual foliage plants so must remember that and I do need to add another couple of ‘bride’s’ (as Sarah calls them) to the plants I grow for cutting.
The joy of growing your own cut flowers is beyond words. I get lost in my little flower world when I go out there to pick and ponder. And then when I eventually come back indoors not only have I spent time with nature I have a bountiful harvest in my hand which is saving pennies and air miles too.
I go through phases with this hobby just like all my other hobbies but following along with Floret and Sarah and all the other lovely blogs is adding to the enjoyment of doing the flower growing thing.
This has been a great year so far. Hope that the rest of the summer and the odd feed keeps the little annuals producing flowers.