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Cut Flowers

So far, the cut flower patch hasn’t faired too badly in the almost continuous rain we’ve had this summer. I fear my late summer and autumn cut flower plans though, may not be so successful. With rudbeckias rotting in the ground and my pathetic zinnias which, I swear have not grown since I planted them out at the end of May, I’m really not going to have much to pick from. The zinnias are no more than a foot tall. One of them has produced a flower but it’s on such a small stem it’s no use for cutting, unless I get a request from any allotment elves, for a teeny tiny bouquet.

Cut Flowers

A mix of Antirrhinum ‘White Giant’, Sweet williams, Scabious, Sweet rocket and Alchemilla mollis

It’s incredibly frustrating that all those plans I had back in February and March will not come to fruition but at least I don’t depend on it for a living. I have so much sympathy for those who work so hard to produce food and flowers for us and whose crops have suffered this summer. Anyway, I thought I’d share a few photos of my cut flowers whilst I still can.

Scabious

Scabious

My scabious plants have just started to flower. It’s the first year I’ve grown them and they seem to take an inordinate length of time to open their buds or maybe it’s just a combination of my impatience and the lack of sun. They have been well worth the wait though. I’m loving these white ones that look like a fluffy pom-pom and I just spotted some dark Scabious ‘Black Cat’ today which are the most sumptuous dark plum colour.

Scabious 'Black Cat'

Scabious ‘Black Cat’

I’m growing Bupleurum rotundifolium ‘Griffithii’ for the first time this year to provide me with some foliage to add to my arrangements. Similar in appearance to euphorbia, its big advantage is no poisonous sap, unlike its lookalike.

Bupleurum rotundifolium 'Griffithii'

Bupleurum rotundifolium ‘Griffithii’

There’s the signs of some larkspurs about to open too, another new one for this year. So for the moment, at least, my cut flower patch means I can fill the house with beautiful blooms.

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