So the second half of the year has begun - can you believe how fast it's come along? One minute the cutting beds were packed full of jewel coloured Tulips, now just weeks later, the overall impression as I look across is subtle pink, white & blues. Roses, Delphiniums, Cornflower, Nigella, Cosmos, Scabious & many, many more varieties.
The weather forecasters might tell us 'Summer' starts on June 1st - but for me it's when the first of the Sweet Pea stems are cut & the air is filled with the heavenly scent of Rose 'Gertrude Jeckyll'. These are just two of the stand out plants that shout 'Summer' out loud for me. This year I cut the first Sweet Peas on June 9th & everyday the numbers of stems cut is increasing.
This is an exceptionally busy time of year here as the wedding season is in full swing. I enjoyed giving a talk about the Flower Farm at National Trust for Scotland's Threave Castle recently & we were featured on ITV Border's 'Border Life'. It was a fun day back in May when presenter Emma Baker visited to film - if you missed it the programme can be seen here; scroll down to our feature in the 12th June programme. It starts at about 8.30 minutes.
And somewhere amongst all that activity, we find time for planting, seed sowing, irrigating through the dry spell & of course, cutting the flowers.Without this effort now, the volume of flowers available would quickly reduce & we want to keep them coming for the months ahead.
As well as local flower deliveries, I'll be bringing a selection of flowers to the lovely Loch Arthur Farm shop on Fridays this month & the Kirkcudbright Farmers Market on Sunday 23rd July - do come & say 'hello' if you're visiting.
I hope your garden is bursting into bloom too this month & you've been able to cut plenty of gorgeous blooms to bring inside. Below are a few pointers of tasks for your Cutting Garden in the month ahead;
Jobs for the Cutting Garden in July;
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Cut Flower Farmer & Florist near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland