‘Anna’s Flower Farm’ Grow your own Cut Flowers.
This course follows the Flower Growing Year, taught over 5 sessions, learning and practically growing the plants yourselves both in our plots and taking home materials to grow on at home in your space. There is a maximum of 5 places per class for intimate and full attention.
You will see the plants from propagation right through to flowering and arranging.
For instance, in Early Autumn, observing the Dahlias growing and arranged, in Winter how they are lifted and stored, bought out and started in Spring, cuttings taken and planted out in early Summer through to flowering. Every technique necessary through the seasons is taught and practiced from propagation to planting, tying in, pinching out, cutting and conditioning flowers. You will have guidance in designing your own plot, be it a balcony or a couple of square metres through to an allotment.
The course is supported by a private Group to share progress and support your learning and growing over the year together with a folder of instructions and photos built up across the course for you to keep alongside your own planting plans for your plot, garden or allotment.
This really is the full course to learn how to confidently grow cut flowers.
Each sesson begins with refreshments on arrival and a tour of the growing plots, revisiting the Course Beds where participants grow all plants as well as take home for their own spaces. After a busy practical morning, we offer a delicious seasonal cooked lunch and pudding. Further practical sessions in the afternoon finished off with more tea and cake. See the Example Timetable for a full breakdown for the day.
This is a practical course and you will be doing all the above on the Flower Farm. Skills and techniques are repeated across the course to familiarise and we will refer each session to that before to review development of plants as the year progresses.
The full course includes:
Early Autumn: Hardy Annuals, Sweet Peas, Anemones and Ranunculus, Narcissus, lifting and dividing Perennials, deadheading, tools & equipment.
Late Autumn: Lifting Dahlias, Tulips, preparing beds for winter and mulching / composting / Ranunculus and Anemones growing, root cuttings. Tools & equipment.
Winter: Planting Sweet Peas / design your own cutting patch or borders for your space / spacing / planning beds and planting throughout the year/ edible flowers / check on Hardy Annuals growing / pruning to force flowers, tools and equipment.
Spring: Half Hardy Annuals / Dahlias – take out and plant up / forcing for cuttings / heat mats / pruning roses / cutting and reviewing Ranunculus and Anemones / pests / check on seedlings and development – pinching out / cutting & conditioning Ranunculus, Anemones, Narcissus & Tulips etc Tools and equipment.
Early Summer: planting out Dahlias, staking, cutting, conditioning, dead heading, make own feed (comfrey & compost feed) & watering, lifting and storing Ranunculus and Anemones, seed harvesting. Tools and equipment.
PLEASE NOTE - The in person 'Winter Class' will be replaced by personal one to one zoom sessions and consultation with Anna during January and early February. This is the intensive planning your growing space class. We will also post a package of goodies that all would have been included in the day. This planning class is essential to the best experience of the rest of the practical days over the full year course.
Upcoming scheduled dates: All class are 10am-3.30pm
All Tuesday and Saturday dates are sold out until September 2021
Winter class - Sunday 24th January 2021
Spring class - Sunday 28th March 2021
Summer class - Sunday 13th June 2021
Early Autumn class - Sunday 26th October 2021
Late Autumn class - Saturday 21st November 2021
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Grow Your Own Cut Flowers Course
Hardy Annuals / sweet peas / Anemones and Ranunculus / narcissus / biennials / seed harvesting / lifting and dividing perennials / deadheading / cutting & conditioning / tools & equipment.
Lifting Dahlias, Tulips, preparing beds for winter and mulching / composting / Ranunculus and Anemones growing. Tools & equipment.
Planting sweet peas / design your own cutting patch or borders for your space / spacing / planning beds and planting throughout the year/ edible flowers / check on Hardy Annuals growing / root Cuttings / pruning to force flowers, tools & equipment.
Half Hardy Annuals / Dahlias – take out and plant up / forcing for cuttings / heat mats / cutting and reviewing Ranunculus and anemones / pests / check on seedlings and development – pinching out / cutting Ranunculus, Anemones, Bulbs & Conditioning / tools & equipment.
Planting out Dahlias / staking / cutting & conditioning / dead heading / biennial seed sowing / make own feed (comfrey & compost feed) & watering / lifting and storing Ranunculus and Anemones / seed harvesting /Tools & equipment.
We serve a seasonal 3 courses lunch on each session as well as cake and refreshment throughout.