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.