When the weather and my personal work Everest has allowed, I’ve been out on the allotment tidying up for Winter. I fear the cutting patch has yielded the last of this year’s blooms and seeds – always a sad time. One of my most pressing jobs is whacking down the frost -blackened dahlias and mulching. I know this is contrary to all the advice about lifting and storing your dahlia tubers. But, let’s face it, what ordinary grower has room for industrial quantities of tubers packed in buckets of sand or spent compost? In Wiltshire a few good inches of leafmould or compost will keep them warm over the Winter. No fuss gardening at its best.
Of course, there are always positives about the cold, wet, dark days of Winter for the grower. One of those is time to reflect, plan, take stock and look for inspiration for next year’s growing season. Having covered inspirational books recently, last week’s #britishflowers hour on Twitter highlighted inspirational flowery garden blogs. The list was extensive and will fill many a damp wintery afternoon with no problem at all and it will be Spring before we know it. Thanks to Sara Davison as always for the summary. You’ll find it in full on the Flowers from the Farm website.
I’ve picked my personal favourites – blogs which have a great story to tell, useful advice and are lovely to look at. In truth, I’m not big on blogs which exist merely to sell sell sell. I buy from real people telling real stories. Start with these and you won’t regret it.
higgledygarden.com Ben grows flowers on a field in Cornwall. His blog is a quirky mix of laid back organic gardening and easy to follow advice about growing flowers ‘to impress girls’.
CountToTwenty.co.uk Karen gardens at Trinity College in Cambridge and has spent the last season, in addition to her regular gardening work, growing cut flowers in an experimental way for the good folk who work there. Her blog is an honest account of of the less well known flowers to grow in your patch, what works in the ground and in the vase and what doesn’t. She knows oodles.
wellywoman.wordpress.com Lou knows all about allotment cut flower growing. So much so that she’s been commissioned to write a book which is out in March. Her blog is full of observational advice about growing all sorts of things and what to do with it.
thegardengatecompany.co.uk Inspirational, aspirational and very pretty to look at. Maz and Becca’s blog tells the story of their flower field and their flower business in Cornwall.
Peternyssen.com Hardworking Karen at Peter Nyssen is a mine of information on bulbs, how to grow them and which varieties are best for your needs. She is also incredibly generous in her time and advice to all comers. Service efficient, quality superb.
mytinyplot.com This was the first blog I ever read. Tells the story of being a novice, acquiring an allotment and learning to grow right through to redesigning your home growing space, having a family and moving to another country as a skilled grower.
Once you’ve immersed yourself in these there are loads of others on the full list, recommended (or self-recommended) by the good #britishflower tweeps.
pic courtesy of Sara Willman (@myflowerpatch), another inspirational and generous flowery friend. She seems to be reading a blog I recognise. 🙂