Tag Archives: Sarah Raven

January’s Itchy Flower Growing Fingers

So the skies are blue, but the ground is frozen. The light is increasing day by day, but there is still probably not enough to be planting seeds other than sweetpeas (as everything I read warns me). A quiet month … Continue reading

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Early Sowings

The sowing of seeds has started and some have startled me by germinating almost immediately – Cosmos Dazzler and Purity were already showing after two days and now the challenge is to find enough light to stop them getting too … Continue reading

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Reviewing the Plot

Christmas, New Year’s travels and week long flu have all meant almost nothing has been done since half way through December to develop the plot. Even getting to it hasn’t been possible. The last plot related activity was a Homesown … Continue reading

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Sweet peas – sowing

These are perhaps my favourite flowers of all: delicate, abundant and beautifully scented and not easily bought from a florist. I first grew these in a bucket in our London backyard and have grown them with different degrees of success … Continue reading

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Dahlia Days

Yesterday someone poetically described dahlias to me as ‘explosions of happiness’ which seemed just right for the spiky, sumptuous and simple bundles of colour I was selling in the market. Dahlias are one of my favourite flowers and, although they … Continue reading

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Sowing Seeds in the Sun

The sun is out and I have been doing hopeful, late plantings of biennials and perennials for next year’s pickings and plants to sell on the stall. Don’t think even the biennial seeds that were sown earlier and have germinated … Continue reading

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Sowing Seeds

A grey day and the rain came earlier than expected, but kitchen table planting of flowers for the plot and tomatoes for the allotment made it seem brighter. Sorting packets of seeds earlier this week, on another wet day, found … Continue reading

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