Why do we grow our own cut flowers? I sometimes ask myself that after several hours spent weeding or digging, when my back has seized up, my knees sore and my hands wrecked. The answer comes on an early sunny, summer’s morning when I am harvesting flowers for an order or a wedding, and it’s just me, the flowers, Monty dog and the birds. When you walk into the polytunnel and the scent of sweetpeas and roses literally takes your breath away. When you hand over a bouquet and you see someone’s face light up as they inhale the scent of the flowers. That’s why.

Monty loves flowers too
Monty modelling a flower collar.

Here at The Secret Garden we grow a wide variety of flowers, each year trialling new varieties and forms, as well as keeping the old favourites. In spring you can see narcissi, tulips, wallflowers, hyacinths, fritillary, hellebores, anemones and ranunculus. As we move into early summer we find larkspur, sweetpeas, roses, dianthus, poppies, love-in-a-mist, cornflowers, Queen Anne’s Lace, Scabious, calendula, snapdragons, achillea, astrantia, astilbe and more…. Late summer sees the arrival of dahlias, hydrangeas, sunflowers and cosmos which take us well into Autumn, when we have the additions of autumnal foliage, seed heads and berries. We also grow lots of herbs, especially rosemary and mint, and different foliage, essential for any arrangement. The winter months can be lean but there is plenty of evergreen foliage, early narcissi, snowdrops, hellebores and forced bulbs to keep us going. We’ve also been known to do the odd spot of foraging……

We grow organically here – no pesticides or chemicals, so the bees and butterflies get to enjoy the blooms as much as we do. If you are planning your wedding a year in advance, you are welcome to visit and look at what is in bloom in your season. We will always try and accommodate specific floral requests, but please bear in mind that flowers do not read gardening books or go by calendars, so don’t always perform when they are supposed to. It’s their way of letting us know that we’re not really in charge.

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