Cutting Garden Review, 2015

22 thoughts on “Cutting Garden Review, 2015”

  1. Cathy your cutting garden has done well, I love the cornflowers and marigolds best, I have found that seed I have saved usually grows better than bought seed and the plants are usually better in my garden conditions, I have wondered if it’s just fresher seed or if the seed has built into it the ability to cope with local conditions,
    regarding climbing sweet peas, I have not succeeded here with sweet peas but have seen in books the use of netting on a frame, or wire would be stronger, not pretty I know, I use very twiggy branches pushed into the ground for my peas, Frances

    1. Interesting what you say about your own saved seed Frances. I think the netting on a frame for sweet peas is a good idea and may well go for it (I think Julie at Peonies & Posies does it and looks v. nice). Helmingham Hall in Suffolk have a sweet pea tunnel (wrought iron, I think, with the sweet peas tied to it and then melons or something later on). That would be nice – but v. expensive!

  2. Zinnias were my find of 2015, I will be planting more colours. My green wasn’t so successful last year, I like yours a lot. Great post, I look forward to reading about what happens in 2016. Happy New Year!

    1. I so agreed about the zinnias Christina – I didn’t used to like them, but have already added a dark purple to my seed stock for this year (growing passion!) They have such very ‘modern’ colours, haven’t they? Will look forward to your 2016 vases on Monday featuring zinnias. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Cathy, your garden is full of richness and color. I especially admire your cornflowers and will try them again after seeing their loveliness. Happy gardening to you in 2016 and good health. Susie

    1. Thanks for your kind comment Carolyn! I so enjoy looking at your blog and drooling over your plants. I have normally bought snowdrops from Broadleigh Gardens (I find them just a little cheaper than Avon). But, like the rest of the world, I am currently deciding on 3 or 4 ‘must have’ snowdrops for 2016. I will definitely act on your suggestion and mention your name to Avon!

  4. Ah ha! That’s how the green zinnias are supposed to look 🙂
    I tried them a few years back and never knew what to do with them in the house, and they didn’t do much in the garden. Now I know and of course I’ll have to try them again.
    I’m so glad to see this update. What a change from last year and the spring and I’m sure 2016 will amaze. I’ll be joining you in the weed battle. New beds here as well, but mine are much more overrun.
    Happy new year!

    1. Very sweet comment! I do hope that both of us make some satisfying inroads in the weed battle for 2016! But more important to enjoy, perhaps? Have a wonderful start to 2016 – shall enjoy looking at your progress over the coming months!

  5. You are creating an inspirational garden, I love everything you are doing. I can see the amount of work you are putting in but what wonderful results you are reaping.

    1. Thanks for visiting – and the kind comment. I feel I’m rushing things a little while I still have the strength for really hard work. So trees and slow-growing shrubs first – even before the structure I want – so that we have a chance of enjoying in the future!

  6. I love the mix of cutting flowers growing with the Nigella. Also ‘Velvet Queen’, but there is hardly a sunflower I do not love. For myself, I love Zinnias (especally ‘Zahara Orange’) and ‘Italian White’ Sunflower.

    1. Oh yes – ‘Italian White’ is definitely one for me to try – will google and search out your Zinnia ‘Zahara Orange’. Thanks Jason!

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