When my good friend Lou, a gardener by trade, asked me to teach her how to make a hand tied bouquet, how could I possibly resists - she has the most amazing cutting garden of flowers!
It was a warm sunny day when Lou arrived, perfect for playing in the garden with Lou’s home grown flowers, accompanied by a slice of homemade fruit cake and glass of iced tea.
We used a variety of flowers to create our designs, naming but a few:
Ox Eye Daises
Roses (David Austin: Queen of Sweden, Shropshire Lad, William and Kate)
Gypsophilia Covent Garden
Nepeta Six Hills Giant
Salvia Hot Lips
When using home grown flowers in designs, it is best to cut them early (when the temperature is cooler) and condition their stems, stripping off all excess foliage that could cause bacteria build up in the water. Place them into fresh cold water and let them have a really good drink before using.
Home grown flowers may not last as long as commercial grown flowers, but it is by far, much more rewarding to have them sat in a vase, knowing that you grew and nurtured them from scratch with your bare hands!
Happy seeding! xx
To see more photos of Lou’s beautiful cutting garden, and advise on what to grow, visit her blog