The cutting beds – growing!

As this is the first year that I have had a cuttings bed I think it is important for me to understand how it is progressing.

I had never actually grown sun flowers before, I’ve no idea why as I love seeing them growing in the fields.  I have been amazed by the number of flowers produced on each plant.  I have a second batch of 5 plants growing well in the Asparagus beds, an idea I copied from Peonies and posies which seems to work well, another 6 seeds were sown last week which should be able to be planted in the cuttings bed (although I’m not quite sure where).

Sunflower from the Van Gogh mix

Sunflower from the Van Gogh mix

Sunflower from the Van Gogh mix

Sunflower from the Van Gogh mix

The above is ONE plant!  I am seriously impressed

The large frilly Dahlia that I used in the vase on Monday

The large frilly Dahlia that I used in the vase on Monday

The Dahlia also has a lot of secondary flowers so I expect these to be making another appearance in a vase soon.

Aster Monch, I moved this to the cutting bed from the border where it wasn't getting enough water, it has rewarded me with some early flowers

Aster Monch, I moved this to the cutting bed from the border where it wasn’t getting enough water, it has rewarded me with some early flowers

More Gladioli are ready to pick, I'm hoping they will still be OK later in the week when I have friends coming so will want something striking in the house

More Gladioli are ready to pick, I’m hoping they will still be OK later in the week when I have friends coming so will want something striking in the house

The gladioli are in a new bed (without irrigation) where the Leylandii were removed.  The soil is dreadful but these seem to be thriving.

Orange cosmos, I don't think I'll grow this again as the flowers are too short but they are prolific so they may earn a place.

Orange cosmos, I don’t think I’ll grow this again as the flowers are too short but they are prolific so they may earn a place.

Cosmos Pink Sensation, only two plants are flowering so far, I hope some of the others will be dark shades. In front are some cornflowers again from a mixed pack

Cosmos Pink Sensation, only two plants are flowering so far, I hope some of the others will be dark shades. In front are some cornflowers again from a mixed pack

Stocks, they are a little short, I need some long-stemmed ones

Stocks, they are a little short, I need some long-stemmed ones

Stock

Stock

First flower on the annual Dahlia, I think these will be useful

First flower on the annual Dahlia, I think these will be useful

Do you grow flowers just for cutting? it seems to be becoming very popular with other bloggers.

27 thoughts on “The cutting beds – growing!

  1. Not bad for a first attempt! It’s all a case of trial and error – what works and what doesn’t. All beautiful plants, nonetheless! I agree about the sunflower – wow! What material for cutting! I’ve never seen an orange cosmos before – should work in a small posy vase, maybe?

  2. If I had the space I definitely would. I keep thinking that one day the garden will be so prolific and established that I can afford to cut flowers from it. It hasn’t happened yet so it’s probably totally unrealistic.

    • However many flowers there are in the garden I find it almost impossible to pick them. Added to that most of the garden isn’t irrigated so there is limited space for repeat flowering plants. I’m hoping this will help me through the August blues!

  3. Those gladiolus will make an amazing display I’m sure! I love the color and to have them all together in one vase will be great. I’m always too timid to cut sunflowers. I need to work on that.
    Dahlias on the other hand are cut on sight. They last so well and even I can put something nice together with just a few blooms.

        • I had 5 plants in the first batch, then one broke in the wind, from just those 4 I’ve had so many flowers. The seed came from tHe US I’ll try to find the name of the company for you. I haven’t seen any for sale in the UK that are like the extra double one. My 2nd batch are about to flower but are much shorter.

  4. Those sunflowers are all pretty amazing, and the Dahlia too which I liked in your vase. I think a cutting garden is an excellent idea, and a year ago I would have probably thought it would be impossible here, but I may have to rethink… 😉

  5. Oh now that is a majestic sunflower Christina (photo 2). Mine usually get nibbled to smithereens by molluscs but I have one survivor this year 🙂 The main flowers I grow specifically for cutting are sweet peas.

    • Even when I live in the UK I never had much luck with sweet peas, although I love them. I may try again next year; I’ll be looking for growing tips from you Anna.

  6. I can see why you’re enjoying the sunflowers so much. They have such a presence. My neighbors grew some two years ago and I couldn’t get enough of just looking at them. I don’t have a separate cutting garden, but anything in my garden is fair game for cutting.

    • I think you have the right attitude, I’ve always been very slow to pick from the garden even when there was a lot of something! I am just amazed by the sun flowers I had no idea they would grow like this!

  7. I like your idea of a cutting bed but I cannot manage one yet but the idea of planting the sunflower in with the asparagus is brilliant. I did try an outdoor seeding patch in the spring for hardy seeds but they were not that hardy :(.

    • The idea wasn’t mine, it came from Julie at Peonies and Posies; it is a great use of space and I don’t think it will harm the asparagus. I picked the first sunflower from there (Earthwalker) this morning, it is a lovely dark maroon, they are much shorter than the other sunflowers though so I don’t know how many blooms I’ll get. Sorry about your ‘hardy’ annuals.

  8. The Van Gogh mix has produced some great plants! I wonder if it is too late to sow more sunflowers here – I thought I had some seeds left but haven’t. My dwarf ones are budding up – not so my dahlia Bishop’s Children which are still small…. Isn’t it exciting producing flowers from your cutting beds? So much to learn … 😉

    • I must get some ‘Bishop’s Children’; do they become proper perennials. I have some annual dahlias, which have just started to flower, you might even see some on Monday. My second batch of sunflowers were sown on 2nd May so it only took a month here; I think it would take longer for you.

      • This is my first year of growing them. Anna of Green Tapestry has suggested you can keep them going as a perennial – I suspect mine won’t get to flowering stage and will not be big enough to overwinter in any form. They germinated really easily but presumably fell foul of my compost.

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