A Sacred Space

Welcome to the Bishops Palace Garden, Wells, Somerset which have been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace and RHS Partner gardens are open for all to enjoy. This in one of our favourite places to go, not only is it beautiful but the space…

Broadening my horizons

On plot that will pretty much be exclusively filled with cut flowers there will also be about five rows of runner beans making an appearance. This is purely because my Grandpa wanted to give me something to grow on the alotment and runner bean seeds were what he gave to me! I had to honour…

Taking the natural approach

So I heard all the below ingredients repel slugs and snails! So I made a mixture in hope to defend the seedlings in my cold frame! Method  Take the left over shell from about 10 eggs and put in a large bowl. Add the juice of one lemon  Finely chop two chillis and one garlic…

And ‘sow’ it begins

Full blog post with allotment update coming soon! Tomorrow I have a whole day planned at the allotment! After a whole lot of hard work and preparation I hope to actually get some things in the soil. Very excited! #branchandbloomblog #allotment #gardening #gardenersofinstagram #newventure #cutflowers #plans #inaction #growgrowgrow @commonfarmflowers thank you for all the amazing…

Sunny sowings

Yesterday I finished sowing all of my seeds in the sun!! It was actually a relief to get them all into soil as I've been at it since early February and my early sowings are in need of attention. So I'm looking forward to the next phase of nurturing all my seedlings. It's going to…

My top ten annuals for cut flowers

So here are my top ten annuals that I plan to grow on the allotment and for cut flowers in the garden.  These flowers are hopefully going to be the backbone of the cut flower beds and I have chosen them on their suitability to be cut and placed together in a vase but also…

Lift off!

My dahlia's are shooting up! Having never grown them before this is pretty exciting. These are growing from the tubers I planted in trays. I think keeping them in a light, warm room was a good idea as there is absolutely no sign of life from the tubers in the greenhouse which is fine as…

A night of flower fun

So its all very well making all these plans to grow  cut flowers but then what do I do with them? I’m really enjoying teaching myself  more and more about different flowers and how to grow and condition them for life in a vase but when it comes to floristry I really want to get…

Plant list: shrubs and perennials for cut flowers and foliage

Writing and re-writing plant lists, researching different varieties, reading books and looking online for inspiration has been a wonderful excuse to learn more about gardening and the way I would like to shape and design our garden. For sometime I have known which cut flowers I want to grow at home and on the allotment…

Garden casualties

I think one of my biggest challenges is going to be gardening alongside a manic 6 month old puppy! She collided with one of my Hellebores this morning and often loves to dig up anything I have recently planted but at least bit gives me a chance to collect up any casualties to put in…

Inheriting broad beans

Nature is the most consistently beautiful creator or artwork I know. I was given these runner bean seeds from my Grandpa over the weekend. He used to grow lots of veggies and I have lots of fond memories of him working away in his greenhouse. Fingers crossed I can turn these little treasures into something…

Hello March!

For me March is the beginning of spring. The promise that brighter, lighter times are ahead. Don’t get me wrong although the optimist in me is willing on the sunshine I’m not naive enough to know that the warmth of the sun can be swallowed up by a great grey cloud in a heartbeat and…