Sarah Raven is a household name for those who love all things green and growing - especially flowers. From books and television, to teaching, and to branded gardening products and seeds, she's been an inspiration for budding and seasoned gardeners alike. Which is why I was delighted to be able to review her latest book, Cutting Garden Journal, A Year of Beautiful Cut Flowers. And you should be delighted too, since you have the chance of winning a free copy if you leave a comment below.
The book is a journal format of Sarah Raven's first book, the Cutting Garden, and is arranged in a practical format that you can follow throughout the year. For each month it lists flowers and shrubs that Sarah thinks are best for that time of year as well as jobs to do, information on the plants she recommends, and a project. Projects include things like a winter wreath for December and a spring globe hanging basket in May.
Flower arranging is at the heart of the book though and plenty of advice on how to grow flowers for cutting, as well as how to combine them into gorgeous bouquets can be found peppered throughout the book. Sarah also includes information on how to preserve flowers, whether it's prolonging their shelf-life in vases or drying them to use in crafts and dried arrangements.
Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal
A Year Of Beautiful Cut Flowers
by Sarah Raven
*Giveaway open to residents of the UK, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands. Winner to be selected using a random number generator.
Book to be available to the general public from September 2014
Hardback | £14.99
Published by Frances Lincoln
Learn how to create a plentiful and productive cutting garden by following Sarah Raven’s expert advice every month of the year.
Plan now to harvest armfuls of cut flowers all year round using Sarah Raven's tips, techniques, and projects. This journal's month-by-month format includes jobs for the month, flowers of the month, and a cut flower project for the month as well a general feature on making, stocking, and caring for your cut garden.
From January to December, Sarah shows the best plants you could be growing, how you care for them, and how you could use them in your cut flower displays
* Find success with more than 50 carefully chosen cut flowers from a vast array of annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, roses and trees
* Follow expert advice to sow, grow, cut and keep all of Sarah’s favourite varieties
* Use one of the three bespoke planting plans for a large cutting garden, a smaller cutting patch, and within a mixed border
* Establish key dates for sowing, staking, harvesting and propagating using helpful monthly checklists
* Learn techniques for conditioning, displaying, preserving as well as prolonging the vase-life of your arrangements
* Keep your plants and your cutting garden in good shape from January to December