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The Great British Garden Revival -CUT FLOWERS and TREES

07 January 2014 | Posted in Gardening by The Unwins Family

CUT FLOWERS and TREES We made a New Year date with the TV on Monday 6th January when The Great British Garden Revival started again on BBC2 at 7pm. Rachel de Thame and Joe Swift talk about cut flowers and trees. We settled down in front of the TV  to see the topics that were on offer. It was good to see so much passion about the different styles and types of garden.
Rachel de Thame championed British cut flowers and probably made all of us want to start our own cutflower farm!
If you love having fresh flowers in the house then growing flowers for cutting is one of the simplest ways to get them cheaply.Among the gorgeous blooms being grown by the British flower farms were annuals such as cornflowers, clary, larkspur and other cottage garden plants. Plus of course some fantastic sweet peas. We were so envious of that garden full of sweet peas... Imagine spending all day in that sweet smelling outdoor environment!

All these annual flowering plants are easy to grow from seed or if you prefer as young plants.Get planning now if you want a cut flower plot to be proud of, order seed and look for perennials and annuals that will sparkle in the garden as well as in the house.

 If you prefer a more formal look then perennials can be great in the garden and just as perfect in the house. The secret is to grow lots, and the cheapest way to do that is to grow your own from seed or buy them as young plants. One of our favourite plants for cutting is Alchemilla mollis the froth of flowers will lift any vase of blooms to designer status!

It was the trees that excited Joe Swift, and no wonder. That Birch tree garden was inspirational wasn't it. If you want to start a mini birch garden of your own or plant any of our native trees start choosing and pick a spot in the garden where they'll be happy. Good soil and out of the wind is usually a favourite position.  We planted young birch trees last autumn that have adjusted well to a very poor stony soil, despite the windy weather they are still standing tall! Get bare root trees into the ground whenever conditions allow from now until April. That applies to ornamental and fruit trees too.

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