I was lucky enough to win the most fabulous book in a recent giveaway hosted by Debbie on her blog, Serendipity Patch, called The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley. I don't own many garden-related books and don't profess to be very green-fingered at all but I do love flowers. I love them in the garden and love them just as much in my home. I feel slightly bereft if I don't have a pretty posy on my kitchen table, mantelpiece or bedside table. (Debbie reviews the book on her blog here. While you're there, do take a few minutes to check out her crochet, it's just gorgeous. Her spring flower blanket is in my top ten favourite blankets of all time!)
Well, this book has completely inspired me.
Did you know that approximately 80 per cent of the flowers available to buy in the UK are imported and may have travelled up to 25,000 kilometres by the time they reach our homes? I might be being naive but that strikes me as crazy given that we live in such a green and pleasant land.
I only have a smallish south-facing town garden but I have resolved to grow as many cut flowers as I can this year. I've made the most of the recent glorious weather and cleared a bed and several pots in readiness. (Any tips on how to deter next door's cat from pooping in the freshly dug soil will be extremely welcome! Bertie is more interested in sunbathing than patrolling his territory.)
I hadn't also realised how many of my existing plants can be cut and brought inside, starting very soon with my viburnum and crab apple blossom. (Look at the colour of that sky.)
Of course, I have been trimming my lilac and using the branches for my Easter Tree, for a few years now. Last year's. The year before. This year's are now in situ, all ready for decorating.
Meanwhile in the garden, I couldn't resist a bit of instant colour so I bought an armful of inexpensive polyanthus plants.
Gosh I love spring.