Category: Bloom

Bloom 2019 – Country Casual

I posted this arrangement over on Instagram with the words ‘Sometimes just plonking flowers in a pretty jug looks just as good and an hour ‘flower arranging”.

And it is so true. This was a mixture of everything that was blooming at the time. That’s perhaps one of the most frustrating things about growing your own. They don’t bloom when you want them to. Well that’s my experience but I am getting better.

It may have been the weather or it may have been that I planted at the right time but I’m having a great cutting flower summer so far and have plenty of arrangements to share. But for now I’ll leave you with a metaphor for life…… Pick what you have and enjoy it!

 

Bloom 2019 – Two Littles

Two darling teen vases full of flowers today. Have to say that this year I have been better at cutting longer stems and not worrying too much about loosing potential flowers by doing so. But I still can’t resist a few little cute arrangements too.

Above we have helianthus, calendula, salvia and centaurea in a tea glass that I’ve had forever.

Not sure where the ceramic and pink pot came from but it was a lovely match to the yellow and pink of the helianthus and cosmos. There is also ammi and salvia with a couple of calendula stems popped in for a contrast.

Ah yes having a good flower season so far.

Bloom 2019 – Moody Magenta

I seem to classify deep rich colours with moodiness! Well I have to call them something right? Lol.

This was a delightful vase that I made a couple of months ago when some self sown honesty, the moody part of the arrangement, were in full swing. As I mentioned in the last ‘bloom’ post biennials don’t perform for me like they should. I’m coming round to thinking that I am possibly not feeding them enough? I’ll bear that in mind as I plant this years crop.

Actually this vase has three self sown plants in it. The honesty, lunaria annua, cerinthie and forget me nots, myosotis. I added the pinky wallflowers, erysimum cheiri and a branch or two of a variegated leaf shrub.

The cutting patch is looking great at the moment and I have been picking and arranging lots of flowers so I’ll be back soon with a glut of posts!

Bloom 2019 – Still Learning

I ventured out into the garden earlier today and was thrilled that there were some flowers to pick this early in the season. I’m sure I don’t normally see anything till later in the month.

I knew that I was going away for a week at the end of May, the exact time I usually plant our the seedlings for the cutting patch. I decided to plant some of them out early and this is clearly the reason I have blooms to pick now. How amazing! And I love that I’m still learning. Actually I always knew you could plant hardy annuals out before June but was never brave enough to do it.

Well now I have and I will be carrying on the practice in the years to come.

After the building work last year there are two symmetrical beds for my cutting patch. I planted one up on 23rd May and the photo below is the other one that I planted up on the 9th June.

Maybe I’ll get an extended season by staggering the planting? I hope so.

I’ll share my little vase full soon but in the meantime I’ll point out the newly made netting which supports the plants as they grow. Gav made it for me from a ball of string! I was fed up with all the plastic netting that breaks and tangles so he made me some. He has more patience than I and so far it’s working perfectly.

Here’s to a bloom filled summer.

Bloom 2019 – Wonderful Wallflowers

Another jug of blooms from a couple of months ago. Self sown white borage and forget-me-nots and pretty wallflowers, home sown and grown.

I always struggle with biennials. They grow away well and look great when planted out but then they fail to produce a good crop in their second year. If I leave then in situ for a third year they do quite well but that isn’t what they should do!  Who knows why I have this problem…….

On a completely different subject you may have noticed that we painted the bricks behind our log burning stove white. No idea why we waited so long to do that because it looks so much better. Brighter and more in keeping with our decor. And shows flowers off quite well too. I love a win, win!

Bloom 2019 – Early Spring

I don’t know where the time has gone these last few months. I mentioned the other day that I have been working more so that’s probably the answer! Anyway I’ve found lots of photos that I should have been sharing and hopefully I’ll catch up with some in the next couple of weeks.

Here is the first flower arrangement  of the year. All self sown beauties. Cerinthie, lunaria, myosotis and cowslips (primula veris).

I popped them in this lovely flowery jug a friend bought me last year and they looked so pretty……way back in April!

Looking forward to Flowers

Just popping in quickly today with some photos I found from last year. Thought I’d share them to cheer us all up on this Monday and get us all looking forward to the summer. I know it’s a way off but still…..

The macro lens is still a challenge for me but I keep picking it up and giving it another go.

And it always helps to have good light.

Enjoy your week!

Bloom 2019 – Planning and Seed Sowing

The planning began a while ago. That photo above was taken on a Sunday morning in January when I was addicted to that cereal and had the beginnings of big plans for my cutting garden.

I still have big plans it just took a couple of months for me to decide what seeds I wanted to try this year.

I’m trying some new plants as well as some old favourites. And as well as seed from Sarah Raven I am giving Chilterns Seeds a go. They have an incredible array of seeds to choose from. Very unusual varieties and very ordinary ones too.

Below are some of the new seeds I’m trying.

Here is a list of what I hope to be growing –

  • Calendula Indian Prince
  • Ammi visnaga
  • Ammi majus
  • Ridolfia
  • Salvia
  • Orlaya
  • Scabious stellata
  • Scabious – a perennial form
  • Helianthus various
  • Phlox
  • Nicotiana
  • Centaurea
  • Cosmos
  • Nigella
  • Sweet Peas

They are magical things these seeds!

I had already sown some Helianthus seeds and they popped up last week with the help of a new heated bench Gav built.

It feels like we are up and running now. Looking forward to this growing season.

Bloom 2018 – Sumptuous Sunflowers

Just popping in to share a little beauty from the summer.

Sunflowers and Rudbekia with a few Ammi, Scabious and Ivy stems. Love how they work in that sweet vase I bought for 99p at the charity shop. It has more than earned its keep this year. Also like how the whites work in the arrangement alongside the bronzy tones. Good to try new combination.

December is flying by……it always does. I still have to get working on my December Daily! But the house is almost trimmed up so there is something done.

Bloom 2018 – Pink White Pink

Here is another of those found flower photos. Taken in August and is a perfect pick-me-up to it being Monday……..

I remember being very pleased that one of the Dahlias had at last flowered and I tucked that bloom right at the front of this sugar pink vase-ful.

Also in there are Ammi visnaga, Antirrhinum apple blossom, Scabious, Salvia some lovely self-sown white Borage and a little grey foliage from an ornamental pear. Such a sweet little arrangement and a good reminder to me to get my seed ordering planned for next year!