The Tea Break Gardener

A blog for the laid-back gardener

Gardening tips, nature-inspired interiors and easy floristry.

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 31.03.18

2018-09-20T10:08:58+00:00March 31st, 2018|Greenhouse and indoor plants, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, My Gardening Week - Six pictures on a Saturday|

My gardening week - six on saturday - 31.03.18 This week I planted up a Gloriosa lily, took difficult decisions regarding my veg patch and delighted in a new Elephant's Ear shoot. I also admired the succulent roof on a bird table, planted some mini iris seeds and celebrated victory over fungus gnats.

Easy Easter decorations from your garden

2018-03-26T10:55:38+00:00March 25th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers|

Easter is one of my favourite times of year for flower arranging. The flowers available are more limited than in the summer but what is there is pretty, diminutive and symbolic of spring. Tea cup arrangements that use small amounts of flower and foliage are a great idea at this time of year as you're unlikely to want to denude your garden too much in search of floristry material

Are you a Dahlia debutante? – a beginner’s guide

2018-06-06T18:38:52+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.