Regular readers will know of my change of direction this year. The story of my year is here and here.
Obviously it is interesting to people keen on growing cut flowers to know what has grown well and is worth trying. Thanks Christina for pointing that out.
Unless otherwise stated things were grown outside from a spring sowing.
One thing I do know is that pinching out really works for many things to get good bushy plants and more flowers. It works for most things which will branch anyway.
This year many things grew well for me in no particular order:
Cornflowers. I had white and pink. The flowered for months and if you keep cutting they keep flowering and bush out nicely. They last a reasonable time if picked early and fade prettily.
Sweet Peas. Winter Sunshine inside and mixes outside.
Cosmos. I had Cupcakes growing inside which were beautiful. Outside I had a general mix which wasn't as good due to the weather.
Rudbekia. I tried Sahara for the first time. Oh, they were gorgeous. Some plants were inside and did really well, some outside didn't get very tall through lack of water. Still pretty and good enough for small vases. 'Green Eyes' is still flowering, in fact one plant has survived from last year.
Ammi. This did well from a spring sowing and went on flowering for a long time.
Daucus carota. This got off to a slow start but is doing well now! Again probably went short of water in the summer. Really pretty and good with anything.
Dill. Seeded everywhere from the previous year and went in every bunch during September and October.
Larkspur. Autumn sowing.
Nicotiana. I sowed some and some seeded themselves. Flowered for months and were very useful. Green and pink.
Atriplex. Fantastic foliage/filler. Once you have it it seeds forever.
Amaranthus. The plants I pinched out and watered well produces lovely long tassels.
Sunflower. 'Vanilla Ice'. I love this and it went on and on. 'Prado Red' also. They have smallish heads which are better for vases and keep coming. They suffered in the drought but then took off when we had rain, like many things.
Snap dragon. 'Royal Bride' was brilliant and went on until November. 'Madame Butterfly' grew and flowered well but I didn't like some of the colours in the mix. Some were a strange pinky orange. One was white and green which I did used often.
Zinnia. 'Queen Red Lime'. Gorgeous. I grew some mixed colours inside and they did much better than those planted outside. Too dry again, I expect.
Scabious. Pinky colour mix and also 'Fata Morgana'. These did well and in fact, I think they are still flowering. Once established they just go on and on. Cut as a bud and they open in the vase.
Limonium suworowii. I grew these having seen them in other peoples vases. They made good little plants and beautiful long flowers which looked great mixed in with other things. Then they were scorched. :(
Salvia farinacea. A beautiful pop of blue, especially good with pinks. The whites were no where near as good.
Dahlias. Of course!
Cardiospermum. A beautiful annual vine which produces puffy seed balls.
Some things failed or were disappointing but I need to leave room for improvement next year. No doubt different things will fail or be brilliant:
Ridolfia. My plants were very feeble and never bulked up. Trying again from an autumn sowing.
Stocks. I can't seem to grow them well. Any tips. Trying again.
Didiscus. These are very pretty and started well but then got very leggy. I'll try and get bushy plants next year.
Orlaya. I think I had 3 plants which never got over 40cm. They like to self seed apparently or be sown very fresh. I have lots of seedlings now from seed kindly donated from a fellow grower.
Cosmos. Xanthos and Rubinato. I was really looking forward to these but they were feeble plants barely tall enough to cut.
I'll stop now before you all drop off.