Growing Cut Flowers

By Let's Grow, Girls

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Join Flower Friends Nicole and Sarah on their journey to growing beautiful blooms! Interviewing experts, discussing their own successes and failures, and revealing the mysteries behind incredible cut flowers

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Dahlia Planting, Seeds, and Chicken Chat with Charlie from The Home Gardener | Garden Notes
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Another week of Garden Notes! This week we are joined by Charlie from @The_Home_Gardener on Instagram to hear how she's been getting on in her garden. 

Find her here:

Instagram | Website

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

And join our family as a patron (oooh, aaaah!) - more info to be found here: https://www.patreon.com/letsgrowgirls

Apr 16, 2021
Sweet Peas, Spring Bulbs, and Flower Muscles with Marryn from The Farmhouse Flower Farm | Garden Notes
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Marryn, an honorary Grow Girl is back and she has been promoted to Director of Enabling!! Marryn joins us for our garden notes series to tell us what's happening in her garden this week.... but mostly to give us  list of 100 new things we need to buy. Oops!!

You can find Marryn here:

Website | Insta 

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

And join our family as a patron (oooh, aaaah!) - more info to be found here: https://www.patreon.com/letsgrowgirls

Apr 09, 2021
100% Dahlia Chat with Philippa from Justdahlias | Garden Notes
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Dahlias dahlias dahlias! This week we are joined by a UK dahlia legend, Phillippa from Justdahlias in Cheshire who grows to sell cut flowers for floristry. She also dries her dahlias to sell year round. 

You can find her here:

Instagram | Website 

Apr 09, 2021
Roses, Direct Sowing and Kamikaze Irises with Lizzie from The Rose Press Garden | Garden Notes
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We're back for season 3! This season, Garden Notes, will be a more laidback look into what is happening in our gardens each week: featuring a guest who can tell us about their garden or cut flower patch too. 

This week we are joined by Lizzie from The Rose Press Garden, an exciting new seed shop aiming to make gardening products that are for a younger audience. She tells us how she started gardening, what she's direct sowing this week and lots more!

Find Lizzie:

Shop | Instagram

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Love the show? Help us keep producing this flowery content and support us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/letsgrowgirls)

Mar 26, 2021
Perfect Chrysanthemums with Sarah Raven
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Mums the word! It’s the season 2 finale and have we ever got a good episode for you! 

The flower that has us the most flummoxed is one that seems to have most of you stumped too, the chrysanthemum. 

So when we wanted to learn more, who better to call upon but the one and only, Sarah Raven. Not only does Sarah gives us her tips and tricks for growing the perfect "xanths" but she also tells us about growing at her garden Perch Hill and reveals her favourite dahlia and tulip varieties. So if you only listen to one thing this week, make it our season 2 finale.

Sarah's Instagram handles: @sarahravensgarden @sarahravenperchhill

Sarah Raven's website/shop: https://www.sarahraven.com/

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!


Mar 12, 2021
Foliage and Filler Flower Faves with Brenna from Three Brothers Blooms
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We get asked for foliage and filler recommendations all the time, so in this week’s episode we chat to Brenna from Three Brothers Blooms, a beautiful flower that she runs from her home in the Washington state, in the United States, to hear about some of her favourites. From phlox to pansies, you’ll be adding to your seed list like there’s no tomorrow! Brenna has the most amazing taste in flowers and we couldn’t get enough of her suggestions!

Mar 05, 2021
Growing Organic Flowers with Jo + Wendy from Organic Blooms
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You wanted to us to talk soil and your wish is our command! In today’s episode we have Jo and Wendy from Organic Blooms, an organic cut flower farm based in Bristol, U.K. Jo and Wendy were one of the first flower farms in the U.K. to achieve organic certification by the Soil Association so they know a thing or two about growing flowers organically. We talk about the complexities of becoming certified organic and how you can apply some of these practices in your home garden or your allotment, not to mention our usual flower filled chat as we find out some of Jo and Wendy’s favourite blooms at the farm and talk about companion planting.
Feb 26, 2021
Snapdragon Secrets with Gemma from Green Rabbit Flowers
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If you don't already have snapdragons on the list for your cut flower patch this year - that's about to change!! We are so excited to welcome Gemma from Green Rabbit Flowers who has been growing for only a few years but had found success in her local area with beautiful colour combinations and amazing snapdragons. 

Today she's spilling her secrets to growing show stopping snapdragons (seriously, check out her insta if you don't believe us!) - autumn sowing, when to pinch, how to propagate and more!

Green Rabbit Flowers: Instagram  | Facebook  |  Website

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Feb 19, 2021
Succession Sowing, Unpopular Opinions + More | Q&A
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This week is a new one! We're bringing you a Q&A session with questions submitted from our Facebook group and Instagram page, covering a whole host of questions - everything from seed starting, growlights, to our unpopular opinions.

Things mentioned:

UK cell trays: https://containerwise.co.uk/

UK cell trays: https://www.bootstrapfarmer.com/

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!


Feb 12, 2021
Gladioli for Cut Flowers with Nicole from Flower Hill Farm
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We're super excited to welcome Nicole from Flower Hill Farm (of YouTube fame) on to the show for a good old flower chit chat and so she can talk us all through the basics of growing gladioli for cut flowers. 

She's explaining spacing, when to plant, succession planting, saving the corms and so much more. She's also sharing the other things she's excited to plant on the farm for 2021.

Links

Nicole:  Website  | Instagram  |  YouTube  (Flower Hill Farm)

Things we mentioned:

Kings Mums

Echinacea Supreme Cantaloupe

Let’s Grow, Girls the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!



Feb 05, 2021
Plans for 2021 + a Flowery Catch Up with Marryn from The Farmhouse Flower Farm
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One of our most loved guests from season 1 returns for an epic flowery catch up!

The wonderful Marryn in definitely part of our flowery tribe and when Nicole and I had a gap in our recording schedule we knew we had to squeeze a flowery catch up in!

This is a long one, a really long one, so save this one for while you do your gardening tasks so that we can join you and fill your greenhouse/polytunnel/garden with flower friend chit chat. We're talking about successes from 2020, Marryn's favourite ever sweetpea varieties, what new things we're growing in 2021 and so, so, so much more! Grab a coffee and join us.

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Jan 29, 2021
Adding Alstroemeria to your Cutting Patch with Ben from Crosslands Nursery
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Our most requested guest thus far, please welcome Ben (AKA Alstroemeria Ben) to the show! Alstroemeria make wonderful cut flowers because they last incredibly well in the vase and are wonderful to arrange with. They come in a whole host of colours and a perennial so come back year on year. They spread too, so your Alstromeria patch should get more and more productive as time goes on! We are so excited to chat to Ben about his British Flowers Rock campaign and about the pressing need for more education for the public on where their flowers are coming from. He also shares the basics of how to add some Alstromeria to your cutting patch - how to space them, care for them, pick them and more.  Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here! We have gathered a list of the best cut flower alstromeria varieties and where to buy them that will be posted in the group!
Jan 22, 2021
Making the Most of your Cut Flower Patch with Georgie Newbery
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We are SO excited to be joined by one of the UK's OG flower growers, Georgie Newbery - and boy did her wonderful interview not disappoint! She turned the confusion and overwhelm into simple solutions in minutes and we can't wait to take some of her advice into the 2021 growing season. 

In this episode Georgie walks us through the basic set up for a successful and productive cut flower garden, the basics for those wanting to grow their own wedding flowers and even spacing and natural wind protection methods for your beds. She answered some of the most asked questions we get on social media and our FB group and we are so grateful to her for sharing so much wisdom with us!

Georgie runs Common Farm Flowers, in Somerset and had two amazing books out; How To Grow Your Own Wedding flowers and The Flower Farmers year.

Check out her website here to see her courses, flowers for delivery (UK wide!) and books.

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Read the episode transcript here!




Jan 15, 2021
Growing Perennials for Cut Flowers with Kara from The Blooming Joy Flower Co
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For this first episode of 2020 we are joined by the amazing Kara to talk about her big move into perennials for cut flower production!

We’re learning about what prompted her move to perennials, what her favourites have been so far and what her most popular stems in her arrangements have been.

Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm.

Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Kara's links: Website | Instagram

Jan 08, 2021
Bonus Bits & Bloopers - Season 1
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Ta-da!! Season 1 is over, and so is 2020 (hasta la vista!!) so we thought we'd celebrate by sharing our bloopers and funny bits from season 1

We started this podcast to share our love of growing flowers and to offer out a flowery hand of friendship to all others who also love to grow their own flowers. We are SO, so grateful for how many of you have supported us on this journey, and been patient with us as we figured out how to do this whole podcast thing

We are so excited for a 2021 filled with flowery friendships and more interesting interviews with amazing guests. Let's just say we have some real stonkers in the line- up! And for season 3 we will be returning with a grow-a-long, where we will be guiding you on what jobs you should be doing each week, and sharing the comings and goings of our different cutting gardens.

Sarah's other half, who we refer to as "F" does not want his name shared so it is muted in these clips. We left the swearing in though, for fun, so this episode is perhaps not as child friends as the ones that came before it. 

And be sure to join our Facebook group for lots of flowery chit chat!


Jan 04, 2021
2020: Reflections and Positivity with LGG + Friends
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It's time to reflect on the year gone and look forward with hope to a year filled with flowers and joy! We're joined by a host of flowery friends to talk about what we've learned this year.

For those who embarked on growing their own cut flowers this year there is so much to be proud of. If you successfully started a single seed - what a star you are! 2020 has taken one final turn for the worst with the new UK Stay-At-Home order but we are glad to bring you all an opportunity to reflect on the brighter moments we all had this year.

Guests:

Kara - Blooming Joy Flower Co - Insta

Marianne - Wolves Lane Flower Co - Insta

Amy - Chicks and Veg

Elonor - ThePeonyFarmerUK - Insta

Sofie - Soil and Fleurs

Andrea - Dahlia Beach - Insta

Em - Emjorealdavies

Thank you SO much for listening to our first season! We are so grateful for everyone one of you, our Growers. We wish you all the happiest Christmas and the best year next year. See you after a few weeks of eating!!!!

Dec 20, 2020
Ranunculus, Anemones and Wisdom with Marryn Mathis
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Ranunculus fans, unite! This week we're joined by Marryn from The Farmhouse Flower Farm in Washington, USA and she's going through the basics of growing amazing ranunculus and anemones for cut flower production. 

So for anyone wondering how to grow ranunculus corms or how to improve their current ranunculus patch, this is the episode for you! Marryn covers everything from how to pre-sprout your ranunculus and anemone corms, spacing, light requirements, what kind of fertiliser they love and of course her all time favourite varieties!

(There was an error with the initial release of the episode, if your device automatically downloaded it ready to listen just delete the episode from your phone and try again for the updated version!)

Check out Marryn's incredible farm on her instagram


And be sure to join our Facebook group for lots of flowery chit chat!

Dec 11, 2020
Mastering Dried Flowers with Bex from Botanical Tales
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The episode lots of Growers have been waiting for! In this episode we’ve got dried flower expert, Bex Partridge, talking to us about modern everlasting blooms. She gives us all her tips on how to master some of the classics like hydrangeas and honesty, and also talks to us about her favourite cut flowers to grow which look gorgeous in your garden but also are great for the beginner who wants to get into growing for dried blooms.

So, if you've wondered how to start growing your own dried flowers, or you started growing your own cut flowers this summer and want to branch out (pun intended, ha!) next year - this episode is for you.

For more info from Bex, her book, or her online shop click here.

Here's how to join our Facebook group and see a list of Bex's favourites!

Dec 04, 2020
Growing English Garden Roses with Katya from London Blooms
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Do you stare at other peoples wonderful rose bushes in wonder?! Have no idea how to prune them or keep them healthy, or have you been too intimidated to grow them so far?

This is the episode for you! We're joined by Katya, whose glorious Instagram feed is always filled with the most incredible roses. She brings advice on how to grow your own roses for cutting, the best varieties, the best companion plants for roses and so much more.  She is a fascinating guest with a really interesting story and we are so grateful to have had an insight into her little slice of paradise. Enjoy this episode!

You can follow Katya here.

Let's Grow, Girls is a podcast for people who are keen to learn to grow their own beautiful cut flowers. Perhaps you just want some long lasting, fresh flowers for the house, or you want to know how to start a flower farm.  Join flower friends Sarah and Nicole for lots of laughs, expert interviews and flowery inspiration!

Join the LGG Facebook group here for top tips from guests and to make some flowery friends!

Nov 27, 2020
From Hobby To Business with Flowers From The Farm UK
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In this week’s episode we speak to Carole and Justine, co-chairs if Flowers From The Farm, an organisation dedicated to helping those of us with cut flower patches turn their dream into a reality - starting our very own flower farm that makes our hobby into an actual business! So if you ever wondered how to start a flower farm and how this wonderful group of flower growers can help you turn your dream into a reality, then hit play now!

Find your local flower farm or join FFTF here.

Join our Facebook group full of flowery friends!

Nov 20, 2020
No Dig Cut Flower Basics with Charles Dowding
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This week Charles Dowding gives us the step-by-step to achieving a weed free cut flower patch with his No-Dig method. It's simple, easy and Charles is totally fascinating. So if you haven't started digging your beds yet, put that spade down! Yeah you!

We're talking about how to go No-Dig, why you should, and the benefits of giving up the shovel.

Check out Charles' Website for more of his wisdom!

Let's Grow, Girls is a podcast for people who are keen to learn to grow their own beautiful cut flowers. Join flower friends Sarah and Nicole for lots of laughs, expert interviews and flowery inspiration.

Nov 13, 2020
How To Grow Super Sweet Peas with Roger Parsons
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Oh boy, do we have an absolute king of a guest today! The man, the myth, the legend Roger Parsons is joining us to talk all the things sweet peas. They are such a staple in the cutting garden, and if you want to add flounce and fragrance when growing your own cut flowers - you really have to get growing them now!

Roger reveals when to sow for optimum results based on where you are in the UK (sorry overseas listeners!), how to pinch, grow tidily, save seeds and so, so much more. This episode is a wealth of knowledge for those of you looking to up your sweet pea game!

Click here to join our Facebook group and access the notes on Roger's favourite varieties and how to purchase them!

Nov 06, 2020
Digging Up the Dahlias
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It's that dreaded time of the year - time to dig up the dahlia tubers! Well, get your waterproofs on, and take us along with you for the ride. Talking through the ins and outs of the process for complete beginners, and cracking some great jokes for those of you who've done it before and are just here for the company. 

If you're looking to start a cut flower garden, or grow your own cut flower bunches, then dahlias are definitely on your radar. Host Nicole is affectionately known as the Dahlia Queen over on Instagram so she will be sitting in as the guest this week to talk about how, when and why to dig yours up. And then there's also the debate of when, and how to divide - and then how and where to store them until we're ready to release them next spring!

Let's Grow, Girls is the flowery corner of the internet for everyone interested in growing their own flowers. Join Sarah and Nicole as they interview experts from across the world and discover the secret to beautiful, long lasting homegrown flowers (with some terrible Dad jokes along the way!)

Oct 30, 2020
Spring Bulbs with Fam Flower Farm
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Marlies and Linda from Fam Flower farm join us in our flowery corner of the internet to talk all things bulbs! If you're hoping to add tulips or daffodils to your cut flower garden this year then this is the episode for you.

Covering how, when, which varieties to plant and so much more it was truly a joy to have them as our guests today! They both make such incredible, long lasting cut flowers and come in such beautiful variations that they're a must if you're hoping to grow your own cut flowers. And hey, even if you don't need the sales pitch from us and you're already growing tulips - perhaps we can keep you company while you complete the back breaking labour!

 

Oct 23, 2020
Autumn Sowing + Introductions
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It's time to get growing, flowery girls and boys! Today's topic is autumn sowing, the process of sowing seeds and overwintering them for stronger plants the next year. What to autumn sow, what we're autumn sowing and general seed chat!

Oct 17, 2020