I must admit that I did have some ‘moments’ earlier on this year as I wondered if I was ever going to get any blooms from my cut flower garden, but they are definitely coming thick and fast at last! While I still have so much to learn, I’m pleased with my first attempt and, whilst I’m already planning for next year, I thought I would share with you what August’s ‘crop’ looks like.
Here’s some reflections on each bloom to date:
Dahlias – I have a couple of Au Lait, Au Lait, Au Laits in my cut flower beds but I’ve also opted for some reds and pinks too. Remember to keep an eye on how they are growing and support if required. Some of mine were starting to droop a little due to their weight so I’ve supported them by tying some string around the main stem and pulling and securing them against the stake. Also, don’t forget to snip as they bloom, the more you snip the more they will flower.
Cosmos – Like my dahlias, these are now in full ‘growth mode’ and starting to flower. I’ve gone for the classic whites but have some pinks in here too. These create a wonderful movement, especially against the rigid and bushy dahlias. They are also a fabulous addition to a bouquet or as a solo flower.
Salvias – One of my all-time favourites, and one that looks great in with the cut flowers. Salvias aren’t just beautiful and great for the bees, they’re also naturally pest and disease resistant. This means you can plant them next to roses to help keep the black spot at bay. I love these plants so much I’ve dedicated a blog to them so if you want to find out more them click here to take a read.
Herbs – Don’t forget herbs, such as rosemary and mint. Not only are they great foliage but they also have a wonderful scent. I shall definitely be planting more next year. Also, remember to keep mint to containers to avoid them taking over the entire bed as this was a mistake I made last year and I’m still finding sprouting mint in unexpected places!
Sunflowers – Having started these off in my troughs, I have recently transferred these to the beds for (hopefully) some blooms later on in the year. I’m a little later than most, but, having warm weather in the south, I’m hoping I’ve allowed enough time for them to grow and bloom. I’ll keep you posted.
And finally, as things start to bloom, I start to snip.
All the pinks and purples, consisting of dahlias, cosmos, sweet peas, salvias, beech and mint. What a fabulous way of repaying all of the hard work.
With love and stay safe, Flowers and Lifestyle by Margot – www.instagram.com/flowersandlifestylebymargot/