The Cut Flower Patch competition

The Cut Flower Patch - Grow flowers all year round

The Cut Flower Patch – Grow your own cut flowers all year round

You might recognise the name WellyWoman from the green-fingered end of the blogosphere spectrum. Louise Curley has been blogging as WellyWoman since 2011, and also writes for the likes of The Guardian’s Life&Style section, as well as Grow Your Own, The Simple Things and Gardens Illustrated magazines. So it’s fair to say, she knows her onions. And cut flowers.

Louise’s book Cut Flower Patch: Grow your own cut flowers all year round is a practical but beautifully put together publication, and serves as an inspiration for those looking to make the most from home-grown blooms all year round. And the great new is that I have a brand-spanking-new hardback copy to give away!

Here’s some information from Amazon about Cut Flower Patch: Grow your own cut flowers all year round:

“Louise Curley looks at what makes a great cut flower, ideal conditions and soil and the tools you’ll need. There is advice on what to grow – from favourite hardy annuals, half hardies and biennials to spring and summer bulbs to adding foliage and fillers to balance arrangements – and advice on how and when to sow, how to support your plants and tips on weeding, deadheading, pests and feeding.

“Growing your own such means greater choice, working with the seasons and super fresh flowers. Bought flowers can be expensive and the international flower trade often means dangerous chemicals, poor working conditions for growers, demands on water resources and the ‘flower miles’ of worldwide airfreight.

“This book will help you get the most from your patch with guidance on how to cut the flowers so that they keep producing more blooms and how to look after them once they have been picked. The Cut Flower Patch is completed by a selection of flower arranging tips and sample arrangements as well as tips on finding great containers, planting plans and a helpful year planner.”


To enter my Cut Flower Patch: Grow your own cut flowers all year round competition, simply leave a comment below, making sure that your contact email address has been supplied in the appropriate field (no need to go public, wordpress automatically hides email addresses).

The winner will be picked in one week – Sunday 6th April – at 9:00pm. One comment/one entry per person.

Good luck!


  1. Laura Derbyshire says:

    This book is on my Amazon wishlist! It sounds like a must have book on any Gardener’s shelf!

  2. Kim Williams says:

    What a lovely book to give away, thank you 🙂

    I have just moved to a very mature garden and am establishing a greenhouse and growing area, but I need to work on adding flowers next. I’ve alreaded planted Sweet Williams and some Wildflowers. Need some inspiration for next steps!

  3. May have to enter this comp! Love your blog 🙂

  4. I’m hoping to grow some cutting flowers at my allotment this year. When I grow them at home in the garden, I never have the heart to cut them!

  5. Nicola allen says:

    Looking for guidance and found welly woman – ideal. Beautiful images. The chickens have moved in, veg patch coming along, now our lives need flowers.

  6. Cathy Voight-Langlotz says:

    I would like to enter the cut flower contest! And I’d like to win please 🙂 Here is why I should:
    I have been reading this blog since all the “Beatles Wives Hens ” were here. I discovered Smallest Smallholding through the BHWT (then the Battery Hen Welfare Trust) I sponsored my first (now on my sixth) hen, “Mrs. Bumble,” the same year that I got my first pair of Wellies. I’d seen them in “British Country Living
    Magazine.” – no small feat because I am Canadian.
    Did I mention the cold and snow? BUT the Helebores are coming up! I know because every day I go to my patch, crouch down, and claw (with bare hands) at the snow so that I can peer at the frozen ground. Last week I went to a nursery just for a “flower hit.”
    Of late, when I go to the grocery store, I come back with pots of daffodils instead of food.
    In summer I try to convince people that my backyard is “naturalized” (not just a mess) and fondly refer to the tangle of flowers (and a few tomatoes) as my “English Country Garden.”
    Oh, wait…is this not an essay contest? 😉

  7. I’ve been hankering after this book for a while – need more inspiration for the borders near the house, and this seems to fit the bill perfectly!

  8. Wow, fantastic giveaway. I’m new to your blog but loving browsing your archives for inspiration. We have our first big garden this year with borders to fill, this book would be perfect.

  9. Sarah Brown says:

    I love to have fresh cut flowers in our home and your book looks amazing, really informative with great ideas 🙂

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