The Tea Break Gardener

Garden Plants and Trees

How to grow dahlias – a beginner’s guide

2019-07-07T16:10:45+00:00March 5th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees|

Most of my novice gardener friends assume dahlias are beyond their skill. Maybe the mesmerising petal formations and dazzling colour variations confuse dahlia debutantes into thinking that they are hard to grow.  They are not. Coming in a variety of colours wider than Jackson Pollock's palette, there is a dahlia out there for everyone.   There is nothing more stunning in the garden than a dahlia laden with flowers and buds and nothing more beautiful in the autumn home than a tastefully combined or even a brash clash in a mixed arrangement.

Freezing cold – Six on Saturday 02.03.18

2019-04-30T15:51:46+00:00March 2nd, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Greenhouse and indoor plants, Seasonal diaries - Six pictures on a Saturday|

A week in the cold - Six on saturday. This week I have been admiring Cyclamen cuom, hellebores, flowering quince and the new leaf on my Monstera deliciosa, whilst tracking animals in the snow and planting my show bench sweet peas (again).