In a cutting flower garden


Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a small bedin my garden that I have as a cutting patch. Sometime last year I came aware of the Blackshed Cutting Garden and started following them on Facebook. They are now in their 3rd year of operation and are based in Sherborne in Dorset.


This week we had a meeting in Sherborne and before returning home we decided to go and visit  them and buy some flowers.


We were surprised by the scale and beauty of it all, apologies to you that these images are taken with my mobile phone and don't show the flowers in their full glory, but I'm sure you will appreciate the beauty and wonder of it despite this! The scale and number of flowers was just stunning!












Having looked around the gardens we then went around them with Paul and choose which flowers
we would like in our bunch. It was a very unusual but lovely way to buy some flowers and it was good to buy local flowers with no air miles and no plastic.I was also surprised to see that many flowers were being dried too as I thought dried flowers had gone out of fashion!





    I even managed to persuade my husband on the way home that it would be a fantastic idea to give up one of his vegetable beds outside our bedroom window and convert it into another cutting patch, Nevertheless I will still have to find other reasons to visit Black Shed Flowers and Sherborne more frequently!
    Sarah x

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    1. What a fantastic way to buy flowers. They look amazing (and I can't help but think how much insect life there is there too, hehe!).

      I had dried flowers for my secret wedding last year as I didn't want to 'waste' a fresh bunch. My dried flowers still look as good as they did last August. That's not to say they haven't gone out of fashion though, I've never been fashionable!

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      1. Yes I forgot to mention the insects. it was lovely to see them too.

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    2. That Paul is a gifted artist. I used to follow him on Google Plus.

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      1. That's amazing to hear you used to follow Paul from South Africa!

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    3. Stunning indeed! Heaven in flowers!

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    4. Hi Sarah,

      What an amazing flower garden and like that you could choose what flowers went into your bouquet.
      I often still dry flowers, roses when they are just right and hydrangeas and statice which I always like putting in a vase.
      Hope you are enjoying your week and summer
      hugs
      Carolyn

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      1. I always admire your dried roses whenever I try they never look as good as yours! Sarah x

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    5. Looks like a fabulous place. I always admire your cutting garden. Not sure I have room to squeeze one in my garden sadly. B x

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    6. Oh so beautiful. There are a couple of organic flower places near here, and I agree, it's lovely to buy without air miles. One of the florists who also grows her own was telling me that the flower industry is incredibly toxic for those who grow the flowers in places like Colombia. They have a life expectancy of only forty-something - it's appalling. So it's doubly good to see flowers being grown here. The dahlias in the top picture are exquisite. I've tried growing a few more flowers this year. We shall see what my dahlias are like, but I fear they won't be in the same league! CJ xx

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      1. That is appalling to hear that a bunch of flowers purchased can have such a deadly effect on someone's life. Sarah x

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    7. Gorgeous! I love flowers in the garden and I can't even remember when I last had flowers in the house. I know flowers die off after their season, but it upsets me to see them die off after a week or two in a vase, but that's just me. Best, Jane x

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    8. Dear, dear Sarah! FLOWERS make us all happy, don't they! And those dahlias, those are our last hurrah for summer here in Minnesota and they're not quite ready yet. They are like fireworks to me, exploding with happiness! I can feel the beauty dear Sarah. ENJOY!

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    9. Monty Don..On gardeners world said once..cut a flower, and you cut it's
      life in half..
      I for one hate the process of cutting flowers, putting them in a silly vase,
      just to sit on a window~sill....Sorry! But l consider it cruel..very cruel..flowers
      have a life, they deserve to live it in 'FULL'..Leave them alone to enjoy life in
      gardens, fields, hedgerows etc..where they belong....give them the chance live
      and display their colours in ALL their glory.....Amen!

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      1. I have to agree to a certain extent with you Willie, most of my cutting border flowers stay where they are in the ground as they look to good to pick and the insects enjoy them. I do also like to have a few in the house to enjoy as I don't have time to sit and admire them in the garden all day. The reason for another border is really to bring more flowers into the garden and to be able to enjoy them nearer the house. Sarah x

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    10. Hi Sarah , lovely idea to have flowers outside you bedroom window ! You go for it ! :) x

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    11. What a lovely place and I really like the idea of having flowers this way, not so common here in Sweden!
      I must make a little cutting garden to myself :)
      Love from Titti

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    12. The cutting garden looks very beautiful with those drifts of so many different colours.

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    13. How fun! I rarely cut my flowers and bring them in except for my roses but I do love having flowers in the house. I love all the color in those fields.

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    14. Some flowers are meant to be cut, as with sweet peas, the more you cut the more they grow.
      I would love to visit a cutting garden, it must be a lovely way to choose your flowers. And I love to cut flowers for the house too. I read somewhere that having a vase of flowers in the house shows that there is some love (or words to that effect), but so much better to have British grown flowers.

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