I grow 80% of my flowers from seed, starting in November with my first batch of Sweet peas, some Ammi, Lupins and Daucus - they all seem to quite like the cold. I start my sweet peas in pots outside then move them to the cutting patch when big enough before covering them with sheep's wool and a net tunnel. I seem to spend a lot of my time protecting the seedlings from slugs, wind and mammals. Ammi and Daucus are sown direct, so I spend a lot of time hunting for the seedlings amongst the weeds.
Only a small part of the 3 acre garden is dedicated to growing cut flowers - but it's amazing how much you can fit into such a small plot especially if you don't use paths - just moveable stone stepping stones - no chance of getting a wheel barrow down the steps anyway and it's a great way of keeping fit - picking up all the weeds by hand and throwing them over the rabbit proofing onto the compost heap
Today has been about planting bulbs in the sleet - no snow here but still much too cold to stay out for long, two hours is enough for me today, I wasn't at all intimidated by the pair of robins that kept on creeping closer to me in the hope of a tasty worm of two - time for a coffee!!
By the end of this month I should be able to pick buckets of locally grown Spring flowers like these, Narcissi, Tulips, Hellebores, forget-me-knots, lilac, bluebells and syringa and they all smell fab, what's not to love. You can buy DIY buckets for any event and I can also provide wholesale flowers from April for local florists.
Finally Spring is here and I've found a lull in the rain and storms to plant my roses, reminding me to prune the old ones. I always find it hard to prune hard but every year I get a little better at it.
I should plant some more roses and do some weeding but I decided it was too cold, wet and miserable so spent an hour in the greenhouse potting on the Ammi, Sweet Rocket and some rather wild gyp. It's amazing how sturdy that is despite the way it grows in such a curious bendy fashion - not like the straight, slightly smelly stuff you get in the shops!