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Six flowers to pick in May

There's an abundance of flowers to pick in your garden in May - here are six of the best.

May sees an abundance of flowers in the garden, whether you have your own dedicated cutting patch or are raiding your borders.

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Here are six beautiful flowers to pick in May – including perennials such as peonies and biennials such as stocks and wallflowers, which tend to flower early in the season .

May sees an abundance of flowers in the garden, whether you have your own dedicated cutting patch or are raiding your borders.

1

Peonies

Peonies are some of the most sumptuous flowers you can grow and make excellent cut flowers. They’re expensive to buy in the shops, so it pays to grow a plant or two in your garden own garden to enjoy indoors.

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2

Tulip

Late tulips such as the double, peony shapes or the striking ‘Flaming Spring Green’ (pictured) make brilliant cut flowers. For the best blooms, plant fresh bulbs every autumn.

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Honesty

The pink or mauve flowers of honesty (Lunaria annua) bring welcome colour to borders in May and look great in a vase. Be sure to leave some to go to seed, and you can add the transluscent, disc-like seedheads to winter arrangements.

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Wallflower

Wallflowers (Erysimum) are a useful spring bedding plant and pair beautifully with tulips. They come in a range of colours and many are delightfully scented – bring some into the house to enjoy their colour and fragrance.

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Euphorbia

The acid greens and yellows of the flowers and foliage of euphorbias contrast beautifully with vibrant spring flowers such as tulips, and make fabulous fillers in a vase. Be sure to wear gloves when picking, as the milky sap can irritate the skin and eyes.

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Stocks

Stocks (Matthiola) are biennials, which means they need to be sown in July for flowers the following spring. Available in a range of pastel colours, they have very strong, clove-like scent which can fill a room.

Cut flowers early in the morning

Cut flowers early in the morning, when their stems are turgid (full of water). Plunge into a bucket of water straightaway.