Why I’ve fallen for cut flowers

I used to be a foliage boy. I’ve changed (well, a bit). In the past I saw flowers as extravagant, expensive purchases that didn’t last for more than a couple of days. Now I grow my own – especially the flowers I like – my world is different. Bringing flowers into the house is fun and highlights the strength, colour and architecture of each flower – particularly the Dahlias I love. Fresh, they last for ages too. There’s something so precious about a flower in a little vase. Showing off each individual flower was my key discovery, rather than losing them in a large bunch. Focus on fewer stems is purer, bringing out the fragility and wonder. Here are some of our cut flowers from our garden and allotment this year. 

Gothica

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Punk

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Neon tetra

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Senescence

Acanthus, Eryingium, cut flowers

Astrantia, Papaver, cut flowers

Astrantia, Papaver, cut flowers

Hodge podge

Dahlia, Nerine, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Perfection

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

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Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, cut flowers

Ridiculous

Dahlia, cut flowers

Dahlia, banana, indoor plants, cut flowers

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Jack Wallington

I'm an RHS qualified garden designer living in Clapham, London who loves growing plants and designing with them. Follow me on Twitter.

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