Time once again to review the successes or otherwise of the cuttings garden.
Like Cathy at Rambling in the Garden I have been very impressed with how good the cuttings beds look in their own right so I am seriously considering using the beds in the new secret garden for some of the plants for cutting, especially the perennials and Dahlias which I leave in the ground, I think it will make the area a pleasant place to sit and once the hedges have grown will protect the plants from the wind.
I was disappointed with the various Cosmos, grown from seed (from Sarah Raven), all the plants have already been removed; it may be unfair to blame the seed, possibly the beds where they were planted weren’t rich enough but the Zinnias in the same bed are thriving, producing more and more gorgeous flowers, I am a complete convert. I will sow them a little later next year as I did lose seedlings, due I think to low night temperatures (the greenhouse is only kept to frost free and we had a late spring this year).
The bamboo canes with pea netting stretched between was an excellent support for the plants although not very elegant. I will have to make the staking less visible in the secret garden.
Self-seeded Cosmos from last year’s plants are now producing flowers but still more foliage than flowers; the stems are wonderfully thick allowing for them to be cut very long should I wish.
Tithonia and winter vegetables
You may be able to see how small the Rudbeckias are in this bed, I will try again but they were a complete disaster this year, but having seen how well they grow for others I feel they are worth a second chance.
What have I learnt from this summer?
- That I love growing flowers to cut
- It is important to know which plants can be started early (Ami, Antirrhinums and Larkspur).
- Zinnias are better sown a little later as they don’t like cold nights when they are seedlings.
- Supporting the plants well pays dividends as the plants produce much longer stems and don’t fall over onto other plants.
- Planting in blocks than in rows works better for almost everything. It might work better for some of the vegetables too.
Julie at Peonies and Posies will be posting about her cuttings garden soon and others will be leaving their links there so do read them if you have any interest at all in growing flowers for cutting; we are all learning huge amounts from each other.
I’ll be back tomorrow with ‘In a vase on Monday’, what do you think I’ll be picking tomorrow?