I sat down this morning to plan my cutting beds for 2010, can’t help but realise as I type this that I had planned to change one of the cutting beds (of which I have 4) to a vegetable bed as I grow quite a few of the ‘cutting flowers’ in my main beds and don’t have as much room as I would like for vegetables, oh well, too late now!
I started the same was as I always do, with mini prints of the planned flowers. I will confess to being a bit bored of my cutting selection, so much so that I made very little effort last year but having done a bit of research over winter, I find that the plants I grow (mainly recommended by Sarah Raven) really are the best for cut flowers and I can’t possibly throw any seed away so I am making a point of planning early and using up my existing seeds. The mini prints allow me to lay them out on the table and move them about until I have a good combination. I try to keep taller flowers together, so to they can be supported at the same height, I also try to keep Hardy Annuals at the top of the bed and the Half Hardies at the front so they aren’t overshadowed as they go into the beds later in the year and the sun comes mainly from the front.
So, here they are my lists.
- Euphorbia Oblongata (HA) x 4
- Cerinth Major Purpurascens (HA) 2 Rows x 5 each
- Salvia Viridis – Blue Clary (HA) x 5
- Bupleurum (HA) x 5
- Zinnia – Elegans, Sprite Mix (HHA) 2 Rows x 5 each
- Nicotiana Alata – Lime Green (HHA) 2 Rows x 5 each
- Salvia Paterns (HHA) x 5
- Anthirrhinum – Crimson Classic (HHA) x 5
- Calendula Officialis – Indian Prince (HA) x 4
- Nigella Damascena – Deep Blue (HA) x 5
- Nigella Hispanica (HA) x 5
- Zinnia – Deep Red (HHA) x 5
- Bupleurum (HA) x 5
- Zinnia – Giant Dahlia Mix (HHA) x 5
- Amaranthus Caudatus – Viridis (HHA) 2 Rows x 4 each
- Helianthus Annus – Chianti (HA) 2 Rows x 4 each
- Ammi Majus (HA) x 4
- Centaurea Cyanus – Blue Boy (HA) x 4
- Malope Trifida Vulcan (HA) x 3
- Cosmos – Purity (HHA) x 3
- Scabiosa – Black Cat (HA) x 3
- Cosmos – Dazzler (HHA) x 3
So that’s it, my planned lists for 2010. There are some self seeded Hardy Annuals already growing which I shall move into place (a good reason for keeping some of the flowers in the same beds) and I started a few in the greenhouse last Autumn, some of which didn’t make the Winter but I’ll update on this another time. There are also only a handful of plants planned for Bed 1 as it contains my bulbs in between the rows and in the last 2 years I have found that the bulb foliage overshadows any new seedlings trying to grow.