Autumn dahlias in the canalside cutting garden of artisan florist and British flower grower Fierceblooms

Tucking Up The Autumn Cutting Garden

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Tucking Up The Autumn Cutting Garden

Fierceblooms Muses On The Unfolding Autumn Season

WORDS: Kathryn Cronin
PHOTOS: Ricky Bache

Ah Autumn. The time of mellow fruitfulness and pumpkins!

While we haven’t had anywhere near a proper frost and quite honestly our lovely village has been spared the worst of the wild wind and flooding, now is the moment, dear fellow gardeners, to plant perennials into the warm soil before all is too wet and the earth turns hard as iron.

I am planting sedum (which has changed its botanical name to the rather long winded hylotelephium. I can’t see it catching on in all honesty!) and some rather lovely peonies. Take care where you plant your diva’s mind you, as once they are in, they do rather hate being moved.

Whilst I am sure you’ve all been planting out your favourite daffodil bulbs, patience is required for your tulips. If you wait until we have had our first hard frost, all the things that can destroy your bulbs will have been killed themselves by the cold. Ideally, dahlia’s too need to be blackened before they are lifted. A top tip is to label them now before you are unable to tell which vareity they are because all their flowers are gone ( a lesson I learnt the hard way last year).

I might have been waxing lyrical about plants earlier in garden musings year but right now it’s all about tucking up and taking care of your soil. There is such a mix of soils around the our village. So, rather describe the specifics about managing my clay, what I will say is stay off your soil! Any soil is a risk of compaction and crushing the structure means it basically cannot function because it cannot breathe. And rather than curse the leaves that are falling, whizz them up with your lawn mower. They make the most excellent compost when left over the winter (and don’t take my word for it. I followed the great Monty Don’s advice last year and was delighted with the results).

Rather describe the specifics about managing clay soil, what I will say is stay off it!

I am a big fan of mulching. So just in case we’re faced with another bitter cold winter, make sure your favourite plants have a layer of warming mature to keep them warm and dry.

Oh, and is anyone up for a garden open day next year? Let me know if you are. I do adore having mooch around to see what everyone else is growing.

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Wild Garden Style Spring Bouquet
Sunday 15th March 2020 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Coach House, Dorfold Hall, Chester Road, Nantwich CW5 8LD

Wild Garden Style Spring Bouquet Class

Learn how to make a beautiful British wild garden style spring bouquet using fresh, fragrant seasonal ingredients. This flower workshop would also make a perfect birthday gift for flowery friends and relatives....

Wild garden style christmas wreath
Saturday 7th December 2019 10:00am - 12:30pm
Village Hall, Church Minshull CW5 6DY

Christmas Wreath Class Two

A morning Cheshire Christmas Wreath class. I will show you how to make your own Christmas wreath for your door, inspired by my Cheshire cutting garden and the texture and colour of the season....

Wild garden style christmas wreath
Sunday 24th November 2019 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Village Hall, Church Minshull CW5 6DY

Christmas Wreath Class One

In a couple of hours on Winter's afternoon - I will show you in this Cheshire Christmas wreath class how to make your own Christmas wreath for your door, inspired by my canalside cutting garden and the texture and colour of the winter...

Festival Flower Crown
Friday-Sunday 13-15th September 2019
Hawarden Estate, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3FB

Flower Crown Classes At The Good Life Experience

If you're coming to The Good Life Experience, 2019, visit the fierceblooms tent on crafters row and book up for a flower crown class. Each 1 hour class is £25 per person and we shall be running 3 each day....

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    Iam an artisan florist and flower grower with a design studio and cutting garden nestled beside a historic canal in rural Cheshire.

    If it is important to you that your flowers are as lovely to the environment as they are to look at, then I am a kindred spirit.

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