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Growing your own cut flowers


by Pippa Greenwood

Growing your own cut flowers is pure luxury, but it's also a great way to save money.


Cut daffodil flowersGrowing your own cut flowers is pure luxury, but it's also a great way to save money. I love to have flowers in the house and come late-winter I feel I almost need some spring cheer to help me ward off symptoms of SAD.

Cut flowers also remind me that the days are, finally getting longer. I succumb to the odd bunch of flowers from the market or supermarket, somehow feeling that daffodils from Cornwall are an ethical treat, having not involved so many fossil fuels to grow and transport them.

But it's far better to grow your own. I've grown my own cut flowers for a few years and, although I may not get harvestable blooms as early as they are available in the shops, I can still get them for weeks on end. One of my favourite daffodil cultivars is 'February Gold', which seems to produce flowers from January onwards. I also plant tulips, ideally the richer-coloured varieties, which seem to be less readily available to buy by the bunch.

Daffodil bulbs are unbelievably good value, especially if you buy them a little late! Tulips are more expensive but are still cheaper than shop-bought blooms. It's also immensely satsfying to go out and pick your own flowers as the urge takes you. Air Miles? What Air Miles?



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Gardeners' World Web User 27/03/2009 at 09:12

Why is gardeners world not on the tv - i cant believe that the bbc thought it didnt need to be on our screens till after Easter. They obviously dont have a garden!!

Gardeners' World Web User 27/03/2009 at 10:29

I agree with hjc about the late start of Gardeners World programme. It really is ridiculous. Us gardeners have been at it for weeks!!! If you have a look at YouTube there is a clip of Toby Buckland introducing the new show from a field in Birmingham where it will now be based. Hmmm interesting.

Gardeners' World Web User 29/03/2009 at 16:00

I thought the first Gardener's World was on this Friday, 3rd April? I've set the whole series to record cos I always forget it's on til too late. As for cut flowers from the garden - I prefer to see them out in the garden - it makes me feel too sad when they've gone over and it's time to empty the vase :-(

Gardeners' World Web User 02/04/2009 at 00:32

I too suffer from SAD but since I planted hundreds of Daffodils which start flowering in early January my SAD condition has ceased. I have chosen Tete a Tete as the taller ones are flattened as soon as they appear by the high winds we get up here. I find the bright yellow lifts my spirits and fools me into to thinking spring is here. So all you SAD people why not give it a try what have you got to lose.

Gardeners' World Web User 02/04/2009 at 07:13

Help please I have a north facing concrete yard which is cold gets limited sun a bit in the morning and at night I would like to grow a climbing plant out of a large pot that flowers over an outhouse either self clinging or up a trellis. I live in northumberland so winter temps can plunge down to minus ten. Is there such a plant. Poor thing.

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