1. MAKE YOUR BED
First thing you’ll need to do is make or buy your raised bed. I bought mine from QuickCropwho have a variety of sizes and types. They are very easy to put together with a drill and some screws. For those of you choosing the pots route, you just need to pop to your local garden centre and get quite deep pots so that the roots can go fairly deep. Make sure your pots are frost resistant as they will be staying outside over winter. Troughs are also a good option and quite inexpensive.
2. PREPARE THE GROUND
Next you’ll need to place your raised bed on the ground where you want it. If you place it on grass, you’ll need to dig out the grass as my husband (kindly) did and turn over the soil. I would suggest to hire a gardener if its a bit too much hard work! But it’s totally worth it!
Then you’ll need to buy some top soil to fill up your raised bed, you can buy a few bags from your local garden centre or you can order a bulk load online delivered to your house. Might be useful if you are doing quite a few raised beds together you’ll be surprised at much soil you need!
3. BUY YOUR BULBS OR PLANTS
Now the fun and most exciting bit! Choosing your bulbs or summer cut flowers to plant, this will depend on the time of the year. Plant spring bulbs from late September to early November and summer plants from May to June.
Buying bulbs are so much more cost effective than buying a bunch of tulips in the shops, you get a lot more of your money’s worth than you would in the equivalent when buying flowers.
WHAT SHOULD I BUY?
I bought all of my bulbs from garden centres like Frosts and Dobbies who have an abundance of varieties and do great offers around autumn, so keep an eye out for them.
This year I had a variety of spring bulbs, from different daffodil sizes, tulips with different colours and the gorgeous pom-pom like alliums. I think its great to have variety of sizes, you can put a small bunch of daffodils in a vase on your mantle piece, shelf or my favourite the bedside table.
Tip: Make sure you buy flowers which specifically state ‘cut flower’ on the packaging. They will have longer stems great for cutting and getting into your vases. The best way to know what you’ve planted, is to use labels and also to plant the same variety together and section it off with some gardener’s twine. Don’t be tempted to mix things up, if you’re thinking you want it to look pretty as they grow. Not a good idea trust me! You need the same species growing together at the same time.
4. HOW TO PLANT
Before you start planting you should have two things ready:
1. Your raised bed with top soil
2. Your chosen bulbs or summer plants
To get planting, you will need to follow the instructions on the packaging. The way we plant the bulbs is to dig a trench out around 4-5 inches deep and place the bulbs 2 inches apart. Then do another trench, and repeat the process. Yes its hard work! But its easier than digging out each individual hole.
For your pots, depending how deep your pots are you want to place your soil two thirds in the then place your bulbs 2 inches apart, cover with soil. We always put some winter bedding on top to make it look a bit nicer than bare soil.
5. READY TO CUT!
At this point your plants are lusciously green and ready to be cut. Its so satisfying seeing something your planted manifest into life and being able to enjoy them your home.
So how do you know when to cut them? You’ll know when the buds look like they are about to burst open, you want to cut them before they open so that they will last longer. If they have already opened up already, don’t worry cut them anyway. The best time to cut them is first thing in the morning.
Tip: Remember to always cut at an angle to allow the stem to maximise water intake
6. GET ARRANGING
I’m no florist so couldn’t really advise how best to arrange your new blooms. What I do is cut large daffodils and tulips the same length. For smaller daffodils I quite like to play around and get different heights it makes it look a bit more natural.
It also helps to use proper florist scissors, the ones you see above are Japanese Florist scissors they are super sharp so it’s effortless to cut stems. Once you’re done cutting only one thing left to do now, which is just place them somewhere you’ll see them and enjoy!
For summer plants, I will update this post or do another one so you’ve got most of the year covered!
So what you’re itching to find out is how to incorporate flowers and plants in your interiors in unusual places? Below are some ideas to help your imagination!
- Hang a bunch of fresh herbs at the back of your kitchen door, every time someone walks in it will feel like a Mediterranean garden.
- If you have spare flowers ditch the diffuser and put flowers in the downstairs loo, your guests will be wowed by the super warm welcome!
- Tie big foliage over your bannister rail and add lots of hydrangeas to make it feel more summery and less Christmassy!
Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed this post, comment, like and share this post!