Last week I popped into Homebase to see if they had potted up flowering spring bulbs on sale. And they did! At 25%-30% of the usual price these are even cheaper than buying bulbs. They would enable us to start selling posies on the gate side stand and then plant the bulbs in the garden for next year.
When I got home I tackled the posies. It was fun looking around the garden for foliage and other flowers. Luckily the winter flowering honeysuckle is blooming so I added some of this to each of the posies – the smell of these tiny creamy white flowers is divine.
The posies didn’t sell on the first day. So we ate supper in a kitchen disguised as a florist’s shop. But all disappointment vanished when they started to sell on day two. I’m really looking forward to selling the flowers that we have grown ourselves. The daffodils will be out soon and then the bluebells and tulips. Every cottage windowsill is crammed with pots of seedlings so this summer the herbaceous borders will be full of flowers.
Sarah Raven’s book The Cutting Garden: Growing and Arranging Garden Flowers is really good and a great investment if you want to grow flowers for arrangements or to sell. It’s a superb reference book and I am learning loads. I am growing the flowers that you have suggested and really appreciate all your advice.
Today I’m going to make a temporary cold frame out of some old windows and French windows as our greenhouse and cold frame are full of seedlings.
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