January Planning

January has been all about planning here at Chapel Farm Flowers. This will be our first year of growing cut flowers in any quantity within our newly created and dedicated cut flower patch on the farm. Many hours have been spent looking at seed catalogues and websites, ordering seeds and dahlia tubers, compiling a successional sowing schedule and thinking out where all the plants might actually get planted within the patch. It’s also been a month of waiting to see whether the daffs, narcissi, tulips and other bulbs planted back in the Autumn will sprout. Thankfully they’re all coming along nicely. Oh and the bare root roses also planted back in the Autumn are all sprouting too. Here’s to Spring and lots of seed sowing in the coming months.


Rose Planting

Yesterday the second lot of roses were planted! They arrive in bare root form (no soil, just literally some stems and bare roots) so need a good soak before planting out. I prepped the bed a couple of months ago with plenty of well-rotted manure, courtesy of the lovely moo cows, and then added a generous dose of micchorizal fungi to each hole before healing the plants in well. I planted them roughly 30cm apart to encourage the plants to grow up with the intention of producing longer stems for cutting purposes. I have chosen varieties that I hope will be beautiful and scented, useful for occasions such as weddings and also mix well with the other flowers that I plan to be growing in the patch next summer. Can’t wait to see how they do…….