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Obelixx

I'm planning to have a cut flower bed or two in my new veggie patch.   Never grown flowers for cutting before so any tips on best varieties for growing and cutting and vase life are welcome.  

Also, apart from perennial cut flowers, do I need to include annuals in the general crop rotation scheme?

I'm growing cut flowers for first time obelixx, I've found Sara Ravens website brilliant both for choice of seeds or plant plugs to buy and the information on how to grow them. It's a very inspiring website. The Higgledy Garden website is also packed full of info all told in a very tongue in cheek way. Seedaholic is also another good site for info and varieties.  For xmas I was bought "The Cut Flower Patch" by Louise Curley which is excellent. It's full of practicle advice as to planning and siting your patch, suggesting best plants to grow, including planting plans. Also how to condition your plants after cutting to give them a longer vase life. Hope that helps.

Therse are the plants I will be sowing.

Foliage: ammi majus and ammi visnaga, and euphorbia oblongata 

Flowers : cosmos various colours, larkspur, scabiosa,antirrhinum, agastache, zinnia, helianthus, various rudbeckias, dahlia bishops children, karma dahlia plants which are bred specially for the cut flower, nigella, calendula, and a few others if I can find the space! Great plants to attract bees too. 

Obelixx

Thanks Star.  One of my aims for the cutting garden is to encourage pollinators.

Busy-Lizzie

I have a cutting bed in my veg garden but I grow mostly annuals in it. I have 3 Gypsophila perennials though and several of the flowers mentioned above. There is also a trellis for Sweet Peas.

Obelixx

Thanks.  Some lovely suggestions.  

I have never done any flower arranging of any sort so will be starting simply with bunches of flowers.   Better do some research on that too I suppose.  A friend in Belgium had beautifully arranged posies and bunches all over her house and even used cut flower heads to decorate the sculptures in the garden.

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Busy-Lizzie

My flower arranging isn't very good, just bunches of flowers in vases, but I think they are pretty anyway.

Obelixx

That's exactly the look I'm aiming for Busy.  Fresh and natural.  Love your colour combinations.

Busy-Lizzie

They filled the kitchen with scent aym. They need a lot of watering here.

Dovefromabove

I find Alchemilla Mollis invaluable when popping pink roses in a jug - it's the perfect filler for them 

Busy, in the top picture what are those yellow flowers that have the same form as cow parsley? They really are lovely.

Dovefromabove

Are they dill flowers? They're useful in arrangements. 

Busy-Lizzie

Dove is right, they are Dill flowers. I sowed Dill in the veg garden some years ago and now it just pops up. As it's light and airy I leave it among the veg. I use the leaves for cooking then let it flower. The only problem is the cut flowers drop pollen! The white similar ones are Ammi Majus.

Busy-Lizzie

aym, the seeds of Sweet Peas I find germinate well are Kings Seeds, but a Sweet Pea expert who used to post here liked Eagle Seeds.

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Busy, lovely flowers. You say you grow your sweet peas on a trellis, is it in full sun or partial shade? I have tried growing them down here but they just turned brown in the heat. I was wondering if a more shaded spot with plenty of water would be worth a go?

Busy-Lizzie

It's partially shaded by the greenhouse so it doesn't get sun in the middle of the day. But when the weather gets very hot the Sweet Peas don't survive, so they have a short flowering season here. But I would miss the scent if I didn't grow them.

Thanks Busy, I think I might try again in a different spot. Keeping up with the watering is the problem and the hot sun.

Obelixx

I'm planning to grow mine in a spot that will have shade at midday and maybe also trench full of moisture retentive stuff like for runner beans.   We'll see.  They didn't like my Belgian garden cos it was too exposed to wind and rain - or maybe it's just me.

First time in many years  Iam growing sweetpeas.they are in part shade until mid afternoon.But it gets quite hot after that . I wonder if I should move them.?