10 days ago, with all our belongings speeding down the M5 in a removal lorry, I stood with my 10 yr old daughter and said a teary goodbye to our bare naked home. We said goodbye to each room and made wishes for the next lucky people who would make it their home. And it was nearly time to drive away…
…but there were some secateurs burning a hole in my pocket! I could not leave my new cutting garden!
The idea of a cutting garden is that it provides cut flowers for your house as well as looking lovely in your garden. My cutting garden started off back in April as a meadowy (ahem, weedy) patch of ground from which I spent some (bloody loads of) time removing nettle and couch grass roots.
*insert grumbly gardener sounds*
Then, in late May we sowed seeds for a glorious selection of cut flowers, and almost immediately…. found out we were moving! Still, maybe they would flower early? So we waited. Nothing happened, so we assumed failure! Then we saw tiny shoots and got excited! Then nothing grew taller that 2 inches, so we totally lost faith. Then finally, just as we were about to move….ta daaa!
I could not leave them! So I picked big bunches for the neighbours and then filled the washing up bowl with everything else I could cut!
And then I subjected this washing up bowl of loveliness to 5 sweary hours on the M5 (stupid road, particularly on a Friday) And finally, about 10 hrs after they had been picked, I finally found them some vases at our new home – and they have been utterly, utterly, amazing, despite my abuse!
IN AN IDEAL WORLD I WOULD NOW SHOW YOU PICTURES OF THE ARRANGEMENTS I MADE ON DAY ONE IN OUR NEW HOUSE. BUT IN REALITY I WAS DELERIOUS WITH TIREDNESS AND DID NOT THINK TO PHOTOGRAPH ANYTHING!!
But perhaps these pics say even more? These are my vases 10 days on. I have thinned out the wilting Verbena bonariensis and Agastache but they still look stunning, and are bringing me so much joy.
In particular, I am loving Ammi major, Larkspur and Monarda bergamo and I am double loving the White Scabious and the Cosmas Purity, which were picked in bud and have come in to flower in the vase – total STARS!
I will NEVER EVER NOT have a cutting garden again! But I will try NOT to move between May and September EVER again! And I would totally recommend that you do the same:-)