Unexpected floral finds: cutting flowers from the garden

One of the projects I intend to tackle in a big way next year is a cutting garden for flowers. I’ve always had fresh flowers in our home and place them pretty highly in the list of priorities of things that make us feel happy when we’re here. Now that we’ve got the space, I intend to try to grow enough flowers and foliage to keep us going all year round but to my sheer delight, I’ve actually been doing quite well already with the flowers planted here by our predecessor. She clearly really loved this garden. It’s been so well thought out, with seasonal planting that is absolutely delightful. By the old stable there’s a viciously thorned but beautifully scented pink rose that I’ve been cutting to use with the Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) that’s scattered liberally all over our paths. IMG_4570The petals drop within a few days but the scent liberally fills the entire room with a glorious bouquet. I’ve also become very fond of the incredibly tall anemones in our front garden. Taller than me, they cut brilliantly and although they’re not scented, they last for ages. IMG_0688

I’m so excited about the idea of huge armfuls of different flowers changing with the seasons, and all with zero airmiles for the cost of a packet of seeds! Back to the graph paper…

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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