To really understand flowers we knew we had to grow our own. And now we do. We transformed a disused backyard in Hackney into an urban oasis. In spring and summer - when the sun shines and bees buzz around the cosmos, dahlias, snap dragons and poppies - there’s no place we’d rather be.
Our admiration for flowers deepened while we nurtured them from seed to maturity. And it’s honed our eye for detail too. We love bendy stems, frilly petals and trailing vines; untamed touches that add character and intrigue to our arrangements.
This blog will give you a glimpse into our sowing, planting and growing journey with tips and advice along the way.
Favourite flower this month in the cutting garden....
We were overjoyed when this gorgeous 'dwarf pink blush' Malope started flowering. With such lovely big bell shaped petals and tall straight stems. It's perfect for large arrangements and looks wonderful tumbling out the side of our urn vases.
It's incredibly easy to grow. We sowed the seeds in early spring and by May we had strong seedlings ready to plant out. We packed them into the beds about 9 inches apart and thriving in the hot weather, we watched them grow. By mid June we had a healthy crop and the more we picked the more they flowered.
They need staking as they grow tall and have a tendency to fall over. They also get very thirsty though and needed watering often.
Next year we are going to plant Malope successionally so that we can have these wonderful flowers from June until September.
Ellie and Anna x