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READ PRACTICAL GARDENING BOOK OF THE YEAR

No more bleak midwinter.

The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley reveals the treasures and treats of growing your own cut flowers. From sowing and growing, to jugs and jars, via bunches and bunches of blooms, it’s jam-packed full of  practicalities for posies aplenty, even from a tiny patch.

Photographs by Jason Ingram

Image: Jason Ingram

They say: wildly, romantic hedgerow bouquets

We say: thrify, eco, and a bit of foraging

Image: Jason Ingram
Image: Jason Ingram

Secateurs at the ready. Grow and pick…

Scabious atropurpurea for flowers from July to the first frosts. Really easy to grow and trouble free so perfect for beginners.
Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’, ‘Karma Naomi’ and ‘Karma Pink Corona’ for long stems and long lasting flowers once picked.
Cosmos bipinnatus Easy to grow and they just keep on flowering all summer long and into autumn.
Scented Narcissi such as ‘Geranium’ Their scent is so strong you only need a few stems to fill a room with incredible fragrance. It’s a real treat to be able to pick your own flowers in early and mid spring.
Dianthus barbarous Sweet williams conjure up images of old cottage gardens. Lovely perfume and because they are a biennial they plug that gap between bulbs and annuals.

Image : Louise Curley
Image : Louise Curley. The Cut Flower Patch

The Cut Flower Patch is Practical Gardening Book of the Year. A bunch of flowers to celebrate, please.

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