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Grow Your Own Cut Flowers Hardcover – 21 Feb 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (21 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563534656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563534655
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.8 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone loves cut flowers in the house but many gardeners are loathe to cut flowers from their own gardens for fear of diminishing the dispay outside. Sarah Raven, doyenne of the cutting garden, attempts to dispel that myth in "Grow Your Own Cut Flowers", showing how the choice of plants grown affects their cutting and reflowering abilities thus getting the best of both worlds. From small town gardens to larger country gardens such as Sarah's, annuals, biennials and bulbs can be grown in such a way as to provide fresh cut flowers throughout the year. Either interspersed amongst existing borders or grown separately in a cutting garden, beautiful arrangements can be simply made whilst leaving a still colourful border intact. Easy to read, although at times more advanced than necessary for a newcomer, it gives clear instructions on how to grow the best plants, both floral and foliar, from seed, cuttings, bulbs and tubers. Cutting garden designs are included along with the best methods of sowing and aftercare. Comprehensive plant lists follow each plant type with descriptions, roles and uses together with any specific growing requirements. The book ends on examples of flower arranging and their techniques in typical Raven style - original, eclectic, bold and absolutely stunning. Beautifully photographed at Sarah Raven's house in Perch Hill, Sussex by Jonathan Buckley, the photographs inspire the reader to find out how they too can create such arrangements for themselves. As Sarah says in her introduction, "it is the generous gardener who has the most flowers" and by growing the plants in this book not only will you have a house full of flowers but a garden full too.

About the Author

Sarah Raven, writer, cook, broadcaster and teacher, is the expert on all things to grow, cut and eat from your garden.

Sarah is a presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World, she writes for The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, Gardeners’ World Magazine, and Domino Magazine (US) and has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Food Programme. Her gardening and cookery books have won her a number of awards including Best Specialist Gardening book for The Cutting Garden and Cookery Book of the Year for Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook. Her latest book looks at the vital role Wildflowers play in the British countryside. She also had a well-received TV series (BBC2) in Spring 2012 called 'Bees, Butterflies and Blooms' on the crisis of insects and Sarah's attempts to flower up the nation to hugely increase insect food and habitat supply.


Sarah is an inspirational and passionate teacher, running cooking, flower arranging, growing and gardening courses at Perch Hill, her farm in East Sussex, and around the country, since 1999. She is married to the writer Adam Nicolson and has two daughters and three stepsons. They divide their time between Sissinghurst Castle and Perch Hill Farm.


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By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just thought I would write a review for this book incase anyone makes the same mistake as me. I bought this book thinking that it would be a comprehensive guide to growing cut flowers with detailed information on lots of plants, cultivation, disease, storage, etc. For someone who wants specialst advice, has gardening knowledge and who wants more detail and information on producing cut flowers this is not the book for you. However although a lovely book,this is more a book for someone who likes to look at nice pictures, wants a brief idea of how to lay out their back garden to grow a few detailed flowers for their kitchen table. The idea is great but if you are passionate and wnat more than a browsing book I think this one may let you down - if you have average gardening knowledge, an idea of flowers you like and know how to continually cut flowers so they keep producing over a long season, then this book won't give you any more useful information. It would be good for someone who has never contemplated cutting a flower before and needs to be tempted to do so.
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This is a follow on to 'The Cutting Garden', not an alternative version. It reflects Sarah Raven's concentration on growing bulbs, annuals and biennials to give cut and come again flowers for the house. As well as beautiful and inspirational photographs there are masses of practical tips, clear instructions and an honesty about what Sarah Raven has learned from experience. Her views on planting distances, feeding plants and siting bulbs have changed during since writing 'The Cutting Garden' and the results of her experiments appear here.
An enjoyable and encouraging book to read while dreaming of harvesting armfuls of flowers.
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I picked up this book because of the vivid colours on the front and was not disappointed with the insides. This is a brilliant and stylish guide to growing flowers, in your garden and even in windowboxes, and to cutting and arranging them for the house and for friends. The plant lists are particularly good, with tips and recommendations from Sarah Raven, who has such a warm, personal writing style, and pictures of every one mentioned. The book focuses on the simple aesthetics of flowers - colour, smell and texture - with stunning pictures, many of them taken from Sarah's own garden. All in all this is a highly original book, full of ideas and practical information, but a joy to look at as well.
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I bought this book specifically to help me grow cut flowers for my daughter's wedding in September. I am a complete novice at growing and arranging flowers so I found much of the information very useful. However, the information I needed was often difficult to find. What was lacking was a chart clearly listing the flowers that would be in bloom for each month. I had to find out what cut flowers to grow for September by reading the book from cover to cover and using post-it notes for the relevant bits that I needed. More step by step instructions on how to grow and arrange flowers were needed; there was an assumption that the reader knew a lot about gardening. The book is certainly beautifully produced but not, as they say, `user friendly'.
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Planning to make the transition from mostly veg in my kitchen garden to mostly flowers for cutting. I think I will find this book very useful for ideas for growing (which I knowing something about), but will learn lots about what to grow and how to use it.
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A beautiful and practical book for Flower Arrangers and Gardeners. Sarah Raven writes with enthusiasm of her experience growing flowers for cutting and flower arranging. This would be a lovely present for a flower lover with practical tips and pages full of inspiration.
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This is a beautiful book. Well written, gorgeous photographs and very informative. One small niggle - The flowers are listed in the index under there latin names. My latin isn't that good so it isn't always easy to find the flower I'm looking for - not really a big problem though and I am learning slowly!!
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This is a great book for anyone interested in growing their own cut flowers or for anyone wishing to learn the basics of flower arranging. The book takes you, step by step, through the basics of both so you do not need any prior knowledge. The photographs are fantastic and the ideas can be adapted to any size of garden. This is a very inspirational book - well worth buying.
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