–– Shane Connolly, floral designer and author
Prepare the ground, sow seed, nurture, harvest and fill your home with beautiful flowers.
Growing flowers can bring colour and life to the garden, and also give you an abundance of sustainable floral material to use at home. This handbook shows you how to plan a cutting garden, grow the perfect plants for the vase and nurture them so they thrive from season to season.
Whether you have a few pots or a dedicated patch, you can grow beautiful blooms and learn how to cut, condition and arrange them for garden-gathered floral designs all year round, all without the carbon footprint of most shop-bought flowers!
Cut Flowers includes a directory of flowers, bulbs and foliage to grow, plus pro advice on creating dreamy designs. This title is from the Bloom Gardener's Guide series, complete and comprehensive gardening handbooks. Bloom is an award-winning independent print magazine for gardeners, plant admirers, nature lovers and outdoor adventurers, and winner of the Garden Publication of the Year at the Garden Media Awards 2021. Other titles in this series include Shade and Pots.
Celestina Robertson is the founder of artisan flower farm Forever Green Flower Company based in Norfolk, UK. She is passionate about growing seasonal cut flowers in a sustainable way and has been working in the industry for over 20 years, originally training in horticulture and garden design at Capel Manor College. Her eco-conscious approach extends to her floral arrangements, which are distinctive, seasonal and designed in a ‘garden-gathered’ style. Cel also runs a mentoring service and a series of business workshops for other flower growers.
"Cel grows her beautiful flowers with art and soul. Her respect for the earth and love of nature, guide everything she does, and her own roots are firmly in the soil with her plants."—Shane Connolly, floral designer and author
"I have long-admired Cel's work and appreciate her deep commitment to sustainability. This beautiful book covers all the fundamentals of growing cut flowers from planning and growing, to harvest and design." —Erin Benzakein, founder of Floret Flower Farm
"Cel Robertson simplifies the process for growing cut flowers in temperate zones. To grow and then harvest one’s own seasonal flowers brings a kind of nature-positive satisfaction and joy that is in its own realm. In the quest to find the most sustainable cut flower, home-grown wins by a zero-carbon mile." —Rita Feldmann, director of the Sustainable Floristry Network
"Cel is such a knowledgeable plantswoman and she has shared so much great information in her book. Growing and cutting your own flowers will be a pleasure in her company." —Gill Hodgson, founder of Flowers from the Farm