If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed how excited I was to receive a review copy of this new book…The Cut Flower Patch. Written by Louise Curley, who also pens the well-known gardening blog, Wellywoman, this is the perfect book for learning how to grow your very own cut flower patch. Now…I have a confession to make…our garden is in need of a
little lot (!) of TLC. We had some building work done last year and the garden came off the worse for wear. So, our plans for 2014 are to give it a major overhaul and reading Louise’s book is just the ticket to provide me with inspiration.
The Cut Flower Patch is divided into the following chapters:
- Planning a cutting patch
- Annuals & biennials
- Bulbs, corms & tubers
- Foliage & fillers
- Making your cutting patch
- Caring for your patch
- Cutting time
- Showing off
- Rich pickings
- A year on the patch
In the ‘Planting a cutting patch’ chapter, there are beautifully illustrated planting plans, with flower recipes, like the ones below:
Within the book, you’ll also find details of how to grow more than 35 cut flowers, from Cornflowers and Scabious, to Zinnias and Sweet Peas.
In the ‘Showing off’ chapter, there’s advice on selecting a vase, tips on arranging flowers, plus lots of examples of lovely flower arrangements.
This is Louise’s first book and it’s such a joy to read…not only for all the wonderful advice, but also the stunning photographs by Jason Ingram. Having a dedicated cut flower patch is something that I’d really love to make sure that we factor into the plans for our garden this year…and I couldn’t have come across more apt a book to help me.
So, if you love flowers and would like to fill your home with seasonal blooms or perhaps you’re looking for a present for your mum for Mother’s Day, this book is the ideal choice. Published by Frances Lincoln, The Cut Flower Patch is now on sale.
If you’d like to benefit from a discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the offer code APG101. Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to: LBS Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RB. Please quote the offer code APG101 and include your name and address details. (*UK only: Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.)
(Images : Jason Ingram)