I thought I had written about the cut flowers beds in May but checking back I only wrote about growing perennials from seed. It was April 28th when I last wrote about the cut flowers and as you can imagine they have grown hugely since then despite some cold nights the soil is warm and with lots of rain you can almost watch some things grow.
This is how the new cut flower beds in the Secret garden looked on 28th April and below how they look now.
The small annual dahlias in the front of the bed have flowers, but I haven’t used any of these in a vase yet. As you can see I’ve put up canes with pea netting stretched horizontally a two levels to support the dahlias and Thithonia as they grow.
The large sunflowers at the back put on a spurt of growth and I swear they grew about 4o cm in a week!
There are also Antirrhinums and Cleome in this bed. Just one level of support for this bed.
The other bed is mainly planted with various varieties of Zinnia
and now they have grown through the first level of support net and some have buds.
I have planted out some of the Chrysanthemums that I had in the greenhouse over winter, small pieces that had been left in the ground over winter have also grown back. I will take cuttings as insurance against a cold winter but I’ll leave the parent plants in the ground and mulch them as I do the Dahlias.
Looking at this bed I need to pick a lot very soon, soon the house will be filled with flowers.
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