Favourite summer blooms
- Published: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 21:21
The hard frost has come, much later than last year meaning I had my lovely blooms for much longer than expected. Crazy to think I was still taking orders and delivering flowers in mid-November!
I will miss each and every one of my flowers (except for the few that will not be invited back next year ;-)).
My harvest this year were more abundant, more consistent and best of all I had so many more varieties. This is largely due to trialling so many the first year and figuring out what works best as a cut flower on my little flower farm on top of a hill in Co. Kilkenny.
Some of my top favourites (and now staples) from this summer are:
Icelandic poppies (Papaver nudicaule) - Stunners, all of them. I haven’t met someone yet who hasn’t gone all soft and gooey-eyed over these beauties.
Ranunculus asiaticus - Such a versatile flower. Sold pretty much every stem of these that I grew. (Growing double next year!)
Feverfew - Tanacetum parthenium (single and double) - Fantastic filler, both in bouquets and wedding arrangements.
Nigella – Every variety of nigella is a unique bundle of joy J
Lupins (Russell hybrids)- Have to include these because I love everything about them. Their quirky shapes, stunning colours and the memories and smiles they bring to my customer’s faces.
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum) - I grew more varieties of this flower than any other, so glad I did! Excellent focal flowers, huge range of colours and very easy to grow.
Dahlias, esp. Café au Laits. Complete showstoppers.
Ammi majus/visnaga, Daucus carota Dara. All excellent fillers, so airy and cottage style, wouldn’t be without them.
Amaranthus caudatus (green and red) - their training stems were fantastic in both wedding work and bouquets.
Ammobium alatum - little tiny star like flowers that are fantastic fresh and dried.
Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ – Annoying sticky stems (no one likes when it’s their turn to harvest these!) but their wonderful bright green flowers are a fantastic addition to bouquets.
Sunflowers (single and branching) - Because they make me smile. Everytime.
Helichrysum (king size formula) I grew mixed, white and salmon ones and they made a great addition to bouquets and I have hundreds of flowers dried for winter work.
Statice – Easy to grow, easy to harvest, great choice of colours, excellent vase life and dry beautifully. Enough said!
Mallow – Lavatera trimestris – beautiful flowers which everybody loves :)
I’m already looking forward to next year when I can grow bigger and better blooms, see a return of my old favourites, trial new varieties and most of all be surrounded by thousands of beautiful, happy, smiley flowers x