We are so pleased to welcome spring into our cutting garden, finally the evenings are getting longer and our bulbs are starting to flower. We are particularly pleased that we have managed to grow a few fritillaries this year without them being munched (fritillaries seem to be a particularly delicious meal for mice!)
We have also invested in a small greenhouse, which means we have much more space to pot on our seedlings (before we were making do with homemade cold frames that weren’t the most space efficient things in our small plot).
April began with making our first completely London-grown bridal bouquet of the year. Full of delicate spring bulbs and blossom- narcissi, ranunculus, aliums, anemones, trailing jasmine and viburnum. It smelled wonderful, just like a garden in spring. We used flowers from our very own cutting garden as well as from the wonderful Tottenham flower growers, Wolves Lane Flowers (https://www.wolveslaneflowercompany.com/). It’s so exciting to be able to use blooms all grown within a 3 mile radius of the wedding, celebrating inner city growing!
April jobs to do in the garden:
Sow later flowering annuals such as Cosmos.
Prick out and pot up seeds sown earlier in the year.
Pot up Dahlia tubers, starting them off in 2 litre pots before planting them in the ground after last frosts, this gives them a bit of a head start against hungry slugs and any lingering cold spells.
Plant up summer bulbs such as Acidanthera.
Direct sow wildflower seeds, such as poppies as soon as the ground starts to warm up a bit (these types of flowers love poor soil so are perfect for an unloved spot).
Flower of the month
Narcissi are some of the first blooms to start flowering in our cutting garden. Even though they look so delicate with their dainty hanging heads, they are actually fantastic cut flowers and have a good vase life. Cut them when the flower has fully formed but not yet open, and they will open up beautifully in your vase.
It is said that the sap from these flowers is poisonous to other cut flowers, however we never let that stop us from using them in our arrangements. Stand them in their own bucket of fresh water for 24 hours before mixing them with other blooms, this gets rid of most of the toxic sap.
See below for pictures of a few of our favourite varieties including ‘The Bride’, ‘Frosty Snow’ and ‘Thalia’.