August is a time of change in our cutting patch. The Cornflowers, Calendulas, Nigella and Ammi Majus and most of the Poppies are all now over. The wonderful Californian poppies are still flowering and the Scabiosa have just started to flower. We also still have lots of Larkspur and Nasturtiums as well as Sunflowers and Sweet Peas so still lots of colour.
The Rudbeckia also add lots of colour at this time of the year. This is a good time to start collecting seed from the Cornflowers and Calendula and the seed pods from the Poppies and Nigella so that you have lots of seed ready for next year’s planting.
Our pots of flowers are still looking wonderful and fill our patio with colour. If you don’t have a garden or only have a small garden then pots of flowers are a good solution.
Ninety percent of cut flowers purchased in this country are imported from abroad which is understandable in the winter months but it seems a shame in the summer months to buy imported cut flowers. Flowers for cutting are so easy to grow and you can grow such a variety of different flowers which are never available to buy from a shop.
From next February I am going to go into much more detail, week by week, documenting how we grow our flowers for our cutting patch from start to finish.
For the here and now, it is seed collecting time and time to clear away the old annuals. It is also time to pot on the biennial seedlings planted from seed at the end of June. They have now been potted on from the cell trays into larger pots and in September they will be ready to be planted out into the cutting patch or garden. This year we have grown Wall Flowers as always as they give such a wonderful splash of colour from March right through to June. We have also grown Sweet Williams as we always do as they flower from May through to July and are such good strong stemmed flowers and great for flower arranging. This year we have also grown some Foxgloves, not for cutting but just for planting in the borders.