A year ago, the generous - and multi-talented - Belinda (Wild Acre) provided a 10-week series on how to grow a cutting garden. With dreams of her English abundance of flowers all summer, I dived in and made creating a cutting garden my project for this year. It's time I shared the results - and the lessons learned.
First, the site.
Ordered lots of seeds - way too many, of course - but that was part of the fun!
First, I love having a cutting garden and it is well worth the time and effort. I just need to learn some more about what does well in my humid, hot zone.
Two. Virginia "ain't" England. Spring is not spring, and summer is not summer. While Belinda is enjoying an abundance of flowers now, mine have been gone more than least a month. By the time the zinnias were blooming (in the old garden) everything else was gone. I never really had a chance to make the big, fresh-picked bouquets I wanted.
Three. I can't go by what happened this year. Does anyone remember when spring began this year. I think it was around February 15th and the "first" summer was in April. This was not a "normal" year - at least not using previous history as a model. Was this the new "normal"? or just an odd year? the answer to that will be very important to gardeners all over the world.
August in bloom
2 days ago