The Higgledy Garden Seed Shop.

Achillea ‘Cerise Queen’

This is the most wonderful perennial Achillea I have found for the cutting garden. A riotous Cerise cherry red that lasts for yonks in the vase and is a piece of cake to grow from seed.

It also has finely divided ferny foliage to boot and bees and butterflies love hanging out on it.

‘Cerise Queen’ will flower from mid summer and will provide you with heaps of flowers in the ‘country style’ that Higgledy Garden is becoming so well known for. (If I say so myself….)

500ish seeds in a packet

65cm tall

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Amaranthus Caudatus Red. Love Lies Bleeding.

Amaranthus is an amazing plant, lush red ‘dread locks’ sway around in the breeze or colour up any floral display. Truly unmatched in its exoticism (if that’s a real word!). Flowers from August till November. Make sure this little number is planted in plenty of sun and it will provide you with a thrilling display… it looks like it was sent back from the future.

It’s seeds are a staple food crop in many parts of the world.

*Height 1.5 metres

*500ish seeds in a pack

*Sow Amaranthus seeds March and April undercover, then put plants outside after the frosts or sow straight into the ground from May. (I find better results from a direct May sowing)  Space 18 inches apart.

Half Hardy Annual

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Ammi Majus

Ammi Majus is like the James Bond of the cow parsley family and is fast becoming one of the most used plants in the floral arts. Easy to grow, adds an airiness and lightness that is hard to match.

Ammi Majus seeds can be sown in autumn for a mid may display…these sowings also produce bigger plants. Bingo!!

Slender. Lacy. Sexy (OK not so much like James Bond). Tres chic mon ami!

*Height 140 cms

*600ish seeds in pack

*Sow April – June, in the ground. Not in pots as they hate root disturbance. Thin seedlings out to about a foot apart. Or sow in September.

Hardy Annual

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Ammi Visnaga

Ammi Visnaga is a more substantial version of Ammi Majus. The flowers are more domed than Majus and are also more geometric. I am on the fence as to which one I prefer…so take the easy option of growing both.

When growing Ammi Visnaga from seed, sow directly where you want them and don’t start them in pots, as they never transplant well.

As well as a spring sowing, try an Autumn sowing for a mid to late May display the next year.

As a cut flower they are amazing…they last yonks in the vase too.

Height: 90 cm

500ish seeds in a packet

Sow Ammi Visnaga seeds April/May and August/September

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Aquilegia. ‘Nora Barlow’

Not all Aquilegias are much cop for cutting. Not true of ‘Nora Barlow’ who despite her rather dower name is actually one of the most striking Aquilegias I have ever come across. Flower heads start of as tight green buttons and then explode into cream and purple fireworks. Ding dong!

Great vase life. Strong stems. Up to 90 cm tall. …I mean…what more do you lot want?

I sow mine in April but other folk sow from February to June…and September through October. They flower from May until July.

Height 70-90 cm

50ish seeds in a packet

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Aster. Ostrich Plume.

This a super cool ‘feathery’ Aster, really unusual and very striking… this will have your neighbours in a jealous rage. It has large flower heads on branching stems, good in the garden, great in the vase.

Also this baby is an early flowerer… what more could you wish for?

Note, these are VERY Barbara Cartland…if you don’t like lots of flounce…these may not be the flowers for you.

*Height 45 cms

*250ish seeds per packet

*Sow Aster Ostrich plume seeds in March and April undercover but don’t put plants out until after the frosts. You can sow in April and May outside and they will be fine. Space to a foot between plants.

Half hardy annual.

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Bee & Butterfly Friendly. Seed Collection.

 

Unless you’ve been watching too much ‘Pop Factor’ you will be well aware that the bee population is declining at an alarming rate. There are many reasons for this but one is lack of available food sources. You can help change this.

I have designed this simple collection of ten packets of seeds to provide a long season of nectar for our stripy chums. Not only are they easy to grow but most are also ‘cut and come again’ so you can use the flowers for cutting and the blooms will be replaced…a veritable feast for the pollinators from mid spring to the first frosts.

NB These are standard sized packets. I have reduced the total price by 20% and offer free shipping with the collection.

 

*Scabiosa ‘Tall Crown’

*Calendula, ‘Art Shades’

*Phacelia Tanacetifolia

*Eschscholzia ‘Orange King’

*Ammi Majus

*Corncockle

*Cornflower, ‘Black Ball’

*Cosmos, ‘Sensation’

*Sunflower, ‘Vanilla Ice’

*Borago

…sow these and you will be given a place in bee heaven whilst at the same time giving yourself a mighty fine cut flower patch…double whammy…

 

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Bells of Ireland.

Tall graceful spikes full of green bells. Those familiar with The Higgledy Garden will know how much I love these little chaps. Brilliant for arranging with almost any flower as the zingy green compliments most colours and forms.

A top tip is to pop your Bells of Ireland seeds in the freezer for a few days, this helps the seeds to know it’s time to wake up and get busy.

They need light to germinate therefore sow on the surface of your seed compost.

*Height 80 cm

*150 seeds in a pack

*Sow undercover in March or April and in the ground in May.

Half hardy annual

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Biennial Seeds Collection.

Lots of folk who are new to having a cut flower garden dismiss growing biennials…why sow flower seeds that won’t flower until the following year? Well…it’s simple…they flower VERY early….much earlier than your annuals….you should have your biennials arriving in April and May.

Biennials also freely self seed….so will be back every year….I tend to transplant my biennials that have self seeded and put them in straight lines…just under a foot apart…this make is much easier to weed.

Lastly…biennials are happy in semi shade…unlike annuals, who on the whole need full sun. Most people have got a piece of the garden in part shade that they find difficult to use…this is where our chums the biennials come into their own.

Even more lastly…these flowers provide early food for our stripy friends the bees…at a time when very little else is in flower….they will love you for it.

In this collection I am offering:

*Foxglove ‘Alba

*Foxglove ‘Excelsior’

*Honesty ‘Expanding Mandy’

*Hesperis (Sweet rocket) Purple

*Hesperis (Sweet rocket) White

*Wallflower ‘Cloth of Gold’

*Sweet William ‘Auricula Eyed’

*Sweet William ‘Blackjack’

*Sweet William ‘Alba’

*Poppy ‘Icelandic Giants’

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Borage

One has to tread carefully with Borage because it can…in the right conditions self seed like a terror. However it is such a wonderful plant for so many reasons that I just wouldn’t be without it. As a cut flower it offers the vase that ‘country style’ that all the lifestyle magazines love so much…(and why not)…

Bees go potty for it…and if that wasn’t enough you can eat the young leaves (treat them like spinach) and also the flowers…in salads or thrown into drinks…tres a la mode.

Grows up to 90cm

75ish seeds in a packet

Direct sow into the ground in mid April and through May. You can also sow in August for flowers the next spring.

Hardy Annual

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Briza Maxima Grass. (Greater Quaking Grass)

Briza Grass is simply magical…it catches the light in a manner that no photograph could ever do justice. The flower heads turn from a pale green to a deep tan…almost red and they rattle in the breeze…very charming and adds the perfect Thomas Hardy country style to your flower arrangements. It will keep on growing as you harvest it through the season and will reseed the bed for the following year. Bingo!

Thin the seedlings closer together than you would most of your flowers…five or six inches is fine.

Seeds In Packet: 200ish

Height 45 cm

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Bupleurum Griffithii

Bupleurum is one of the all time classic folliage plants. No cutting garden should be without this fella. Its zingy citrus green acts as a foil to the brighter colours of most of your cut flowers and will set them off a treat.

The stems of Bupleurum grow through the leaf…a very peculiar looking fellow indeed.

Unlike Euphorbia it hasn’t got any skin irritating sap.

It will happily reseed every year…so you only need buy it once.

Be without it at your peril!

*Height 1 metre

*175ish seeds in a pack

*Sow Bupleurum seeds September/October or March-May. Space 12inches apart.

Hardy annual

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Calendula. ‘Art Shades.’

Calendula is in my top five annuals of all time. Simple, unsophisticated and will keep producing flowers for you from May till… well my neighbour’s were still flowering now in January!

Art shades is a bright and cheery mix of orange, primrose and apricot. Easy to grow. Easy to love. Put these with the perfect blue of cornflowers and your heart will sing songs from the dodgy musicals your Dad made you listen to. They found the calendula cornflower combo in Tutankhamun’s tomb… bet you didn’t know that?

Calendula ‘Art Shades’ will happily self seed year on year…you’ll have flowers for life!

*Height 60 cms

*100ish seeds per pack

*Sow Calendula ‘Art Shades’ seeds in March-May & September (They are super easy to grow…bullet proof)

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Calendula. ‘Indian Prince’.

One of the most striking Calendulas available I would say…a fiery lava colour….greets the retinas like an old friend. It looks amazing in a vase with ‘Blue Ball’ Cornflowers and Cosmos ‘Purity’.

One of the first flowers I ever grew at Higgledy Garden…so I’m rather fond of the old goat.

‘Indian Prince’ will also self seed for you every year…so you only need to buy seeds once…(grrrrrrr)

*Height 50cm

*100ish seeds per packet

*Sow March-May and again in September

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Candytuft. Crown Mixed.

To my mind this is the best Candytuft available for cutting. Although shorter than most of the flowers I offer on Higgledy and therefore not something you would see in a florist necessarily, it is perfect in a domestic cut flower garden. It has large fragrant flower heads on strong stems.

My Aunty Flip Flop goes loopy for it.

*Height 25 cm

*250 seeds in a packet.

*Sow undercover March/April and outside in May

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Carnation ‘Formula Superb’.

If you fancy some easy to grow carnations for your cutting patch then these cheeky fellows are what you want. They have super strong stems and a great solid colours. ‘Formula Superb’ have deeply lacerated petals…or shaggy to you and I…and yes you can call them ‘Shaggy’ in a Scooby Doo voice.

A generous vase of these on the kitchen table will fill the room with a wonderful scent….and look retro chic to boot.

You can sow Carnations very early…from February…but I tend to sow mine from the equinox on 23rd March, they will flower in July-September. Seeds sown in May might not flower until the following year.

*Height 50 cms

*200ish seeds in pack

*Sow Feb-May.

Many folk treat these as hardy annuals but they are short lived perennial in my book.

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Celosia. ‘Flamingo Feather’. New For 2014.

I’m generally not a fan of Celosia…they can be very…well…very Ken Dodd…not that I don’t like Mr Dodd…I just wouldn’t want him in a vase on the coffee table. But then I was introduced to Flamingo Feather, which retains the eccentric vibe of celosia but comes with a big dollop of sophistication. It has bi-coloured flowers that fade from Barbie pink to white. Try them in arrangements with pale blue Nigella and citrus green Bupleurum for a contemporary display that is so chic it’s silly.(Click on the image to enlarge it.)

 

Height 50 cm

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Centaurea Cynus. Cornflowers. ‘Blue Ball’

The best classic, Blue Cornflower available. Everybody knows it but no one grows it… you hardly see it it in gardens anymore… such a shame… it rocks. In my top five annuals of all time… I just wouldn’t want to pass a summer without it.

Will self seed in the same bed the following year… easy life.

*Height 90cm

*200ish seeds

*Sow March to April and Aug to Oct.

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Centaurea Cynus. Cornflowers. ‘Classic Romantic’. (New For 2014)

I have been in no rush to add a third variety of Cornflower as ‘Blue Ball’ and ‘Black Ball’ are nothing short of rock stars but having seen ‘Classic Fantastic’ I couldn’t resist seeing how my customers would take to them. The flowers are both single and double and range from red to pale pink with some bi-coloured ones just to tickle your fancy. Like all cornflowers they are easy to grow and are ‘cut and come again’…producing heaps of flowers all summer.

*Height 90 cms

*200ish seeds in packet

*Sow March,April,May & August/September

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Centaurea Cynus. Cornflowers. Black Ball.

These dark crimson cornflowers are the more unusual version of the classic blue cornflower. They are somewhat more sophisticated and are a staple in the Higgledy garden. Put these with a citrus foliage plant like bupleurum and you will start winning awards at Chelsea and Alan Titchmarsh will be over for sherry and cake.

These are REALLY easy to grow and are ‘cut and come again’ so you will have flowers all summer long. Sow some in Autumn for an early show in spring.

*Height 90 cms

*200 seeds in packet

*Sow March/April & August/September

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Cerinthe Major Purpurascens.

This wonderful and charming flower fell out of grace  with gardeners for many many years and it is only in the last couple of years that it is creeping back into the gardens of the chic and knowledgeable.

She has large, glaucous greeny-blue leaves, becoming progressively bluer as they rocket up the stem, and terminating in a thick cluster of deep blue bracts with a deep purple hood with a white center. If Cerinthe major were a novel she would be a Gothic masterpiece… probably involving vampires and innocent young ladies.

PS Due to a fab summer I have harvested a bumper lot of seeds, so I have dropped the price for a while.

*Height 45 cm

*10 seeds in packet

*Sow indoors Feb-April & outside March-May & September

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Chrysanthemum. ‘Crazy Daisy’.

Chrysanthemum ‘Crazy Daisy’ is widely regarded as on of the best Chrysanthemums for the cut flower garden…lashings of white and cream flowers…much like myself it is a little rough around the edges but women of good taste still like to keep us at arms reach.

Having gazed upon ‘Crazy Daisy’ from afar…I shall be giving the seeds a go this spring…please join me…a great addition to the perennial cut flower patch.

*60cm

*100ish seeds in a packet

*Sow March-May & September (Flowers from June)

 

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Chrysanthemum. ‘Rainbow Hippy Love Child’.

Ok…it’s actually named ‘Rainbow’…I just got creative but it has got a hippy love child vibe to it. This Chrysanthemum is an ANNUAL…simply sow the seeds directly into the soil in from mid April-May or September. It has beautiful daisy like flowers in amazing contrasting colours. These are  the ultimate retro chic flower that make wonderful cut flowers…keep cutting and it will keep producing more flowers. Can you dig it?…..man?

 

Height: 60 cm

400ish Seeds In A Packet.

Hardy Annual

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Cleome Spinosa. Pink Queen.

Don’t be put off by the ridiculously girlie name of this Cleome, it truly is a gem. Not only does it go on flowering right into the late Autumn but it has an elegance and charisma unrivaled by many of its counterparts in the Cleome clan.

I love these mixed with sunflowers, especially ‘Vanilla Ice’… makes for a statuesque Autumnal display that is hard to beat.

*Height 140 cm

*200 seeds in a packet

*Sow undercover in January and February

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Cleome Spinosa. Violet Queen.

Another of my favourite Cleomes. Just like our friend ‘Pink Queen’ this little cherub will be providing hot flower action right through until late Autumn when most other contenders have gone by the wayside.

Try showing this with deep crimson dahlias or chocolate sunflowers… these combinations make the demise of summer somewhat more bearable.

*Height 140 cm

*200 seeds in packet

*Sow January and February undercover

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Climbing Nasturtium. ‘Scarlet Munchkin’.

Ok…I know this isn’t a traditional cut flower but it is super useful both as an edible flower and also as a cheery chap around the garden…it can scramble over fences…up pea sticks…netting…or tumble from containers. My grandparents used to grow it…so it would seem fitting that I do too.

‘Scarlet Munchkin’ is a Higgledy Garden variety…unheard of in the world outside.

Nasturtiums like a well drained soil…and a poor soil is best. I thin my plants out to about a foot.

30ish seeds in a packet

Sow in April and May directly into the soil is best I find…about 3/4 inch deep.

Will flower from late June through until October.

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Cobaea Scandens. Cup and Saucer Plant.

Cobaea is a vigorous and beautiful climber from good old Mexico and screams of Mariachi bands, sunshine and cerveza… yeah baby! Fabulous purple trumpet like flowers…remind me of Jimi Hendrix’s velvet trousers…rock & roll…

If you keep it in a greenhouse it will behave as a perennial AND you can also grow it in pots.

Great fun to grow. GET THEM IN EARLY.

*Height. Up to three metres

*10 seeds in a packet

*Sow undercover Feb-April and put out after frosts. Sow seeds vertically just below the surface and space out to 45 cms. For best results say nice things to them in Spanish.

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Coreopsis Grandiflora. ‘Sunray’.

‘Sun Ray’ (Click on the image for a clearer, better and generally more handsome photograph) has proved itself to be a great Coreopsis for the cutting garden. This is a compact, double flowering, deep yellow…beast of a flower. Easy to grow, resilient to most pests and will flower in the first year, not the norm for many perennials. Keep cutting the flowers for your home and you will extend the flowering season. I am very pleased to welcome ‘Sunray’ into the world famous Higgledy Garden Perennial Bed of Dreams. (If you build it they will come.)

‘Sunray’ is also deer resistant…the same can not be said of Wallflowers as I discovered yesterday…(yes…I’m on to you Bambi features.)

*Height 50 cm

*50ish seeds in a packet

*Sow March/April or September NB The seeds need light to germinate so sow the critters on the surface of your seed compost and keep them moist.

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Corncockle.

Corncockle used to be a common sight in the British countryside but is very rare to see it. They make excellent cut flowers and the bees can’t get enough of them. Being hardy you can make an autumn sowing too.

Corncockle stems are strong and ‘downy’ and the gorgeous pink flowers will keep on coming if you pick them. A true ‘cut and come again’ plant.

Either direct sow your corncockle seeds in the ground or start them off in pots on the windowsill…they are super easy but the kids will still be impressed.

Height: 60cm

Seeds in packet: 100 ish

Sow: March-May and September.

NB All parts of the plants are toxic…so don’t eat them!

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Cosmos. ‘Pied Piper’.

This Cosmos is the Marc Bolan of the Cosmos world…a real glam little number. Wonderful velvety, fluted, crimson red…a rock star.

Very easy to grow from seed and makes a fab cut flower too…keep deadheading or cutting for a longer flowering period.

You can pinch out the young plants for a bushier plant with more flowers.

Height: 90 cm

Seeds in Packet: 40ish

Sow March to May (Some folk sow in Feb but I think that’s too early)

 

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Cosmos. ‘Purity’.

Cosmos ‘Purity’ will provide you with exquisite white flowers from Summer through till the frosts. Large blooms on feathery stems up to five feet. Super easy to grow and look after. If we were American we would say ‘you get a lot of bang for your buck’ but we’re not… so we won’t.

Yes, this is another in my top five annuals of all time…

*Height 150 cm

*50 seeds in a pack

*Sow Cosmos Purity seeds under cover March/April and directly in the soil outside in May

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Cosmos. ‘Sensation’.

Cosmos ‘Sensation’ is another wonderful cosmos that is a cinch to grow and will provide you with flowers from Summer through until the frosts. The flowers are carmine pink all the way to pure white and with lush feathery foliage. Delicious little lady this one. Just perfect for the cutting garden.

*Height 120 cms

*80ish seeds in a packet

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Craspedia globosa. ‘Drumstick’.

Craspedia is the new kid on the cut flower block and a very peculiar new kid it proves to be. Strong stems of half a metre or more support bright yellow ping pong ball size spheres. Looks like something from a badly made Star Trek episode.

Of course one doesn’t have to cut it…and just let it be happily bonkers in the garden borders.

The common name for Craspdia globosa is ‘Billy Buttons’ but seeing as I am no longer five, I refuse to use that title myself. ( The plant is native to Australia which may account for its name…just saying…)

Height: 60 cm

100ish seeds in a packet

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Dahlia. Cactus Hybrids.

Personally I am a fan of my Dahlias looking like Granny Flip Flop’s 1950′s swimming hats. If you share this delight in your Dahlias then you need not look any further than the Cactus Hybrids. Large double blooms with pointed petals… uber groovy. These are mixed colours so you can mix and match then for your front room depending on the colours in your Lava Lamp.

*Height 60cm

*25 seeds in a packet

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Dahlia. Coltness Mixed.

These Dahlias have large single blooms… they are almost the iconic flower… when children draw flowers they draw these fellas. It also has stunning green or bronze foliage.

This is a cinch to grow and will provide much needed late Autumn colour both in the garden and in the vase.

*Height 60 cm

*50 seeds per pack

*Sow February to end April under glass (I sow mine on the 1st April). Put out after all FROST has gone far far away. Space to about a foot apart.

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Didiscus ‘Lacy’

I have been well and truly won over by  Didiscus ‘Lacy’ this year…what a scorcher….so delicate and wonderfully understated. Yes, I am smitten…I’m done for….I may even start writing poetry.

Click on the photo to enlarge it…go on…do it! Feast your eyes on that!!! *swoon

I start my Didiscus seeds off in late March/Early April but don’t put outside until after the frosts….then sow some direct in the soil…they seem to do fine too.

Height 80 cm

100ish seeds in a packet

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Digitalis (Foxglove) ‘Alba’

Foxglove ‘Alba’ is probably one of the most iconic flowers I sell in the seed shop….everyone knows it. White foxgloves such as this are the mainstay of the cottage garden…not only that but they make excellent cut flowers.

If you have space in your cut flower garden that has a dappled light…then foxgloves are some of the best plants to grow there.

Height 150cm

400ish seeds in a packet

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Dill. ‘Mammoth’.

Dill makes an awesome addition to your cut flower patch and will self seed for you year in year out. Its architectural, acid green form will help set off any arrangement and its flowers can also be used in salads to impress your Mum.

Easy to grow too…originally from Eastern Europe this cheeky chappie always has a home in The Higgledy Garden…a versatile friend indeed.

 

AND bees and other pollinators go weak at the knees for it…

Height 90cm

500ish Seeds in a packets

Sow Dill Seeds  from April right through until the end of July.

Hardy Annual.

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Echinacea. ‘Primadonna Deep Rose Pink’

Echinacea have long been a favourite in British gardens and ‘Primadonna Deep Rose Pink’ is one of the finest around. It is more branching and has more blooms than most other echinaceas and therefore is one of the best for your cut flower patch.

It has unbeatable drought tolerance and the bees and the butterflies get all toffee eyed over it….as does my Auntie Flippy.

Height: 100 cm

15 seeds in a packet.

I sow Echinacea ‘Primadonna’ undercover in March and April.

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Echinacea. ‘Primadonna White’

If you like me have been searching for the perfect white echinacea for your cut flower patch… then your search has come to an end my friend… rest easy… your work is done.

Lots of wonderful flowers on long, strong stems…a florists dream. As you can well imagine they look good left in the garden too.

Like her sister ‘Deep Rose Pink’ she is drought tolerant.

Height 100 cm

15 seeds in a packet

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Echinops. ‘Ritro’.

Those that have used Echinops, ‘Ritro’ as a cut flower seem to go a little bit potty for it. ‘Ritro’ has rounded, spiky, violet blue flower heads on silvery foliage…jagged leaves…it looks to me like an ‘armoured plant’. Awesome.

Easy to grow from seed and a ridiculously long vase life make this a ‘must have’ in the flower patch. A very robust perennial.

I sow mine in mid spring…you can also divide the plants in autumn. It’s very happy in a poor soil…but must be well drained.

Click on the image to enlarge the pic…which is a rather good one…even if I say so myself…and I do…so there.

Height: up to 120 cm

40ish seeds in a packet

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Edible Flower Collection.

More and more often we are seeing the mainstream use of edible flowers in the dishes of top chefs in restaurants, on the telly and in the glossy Sunday magazines, yet they are still incredibly hard to get hold of. The answer to this dilema is obviously to cut out the middle man and to grow your own edible flowers.

*Sunflower. ‘Vanilla Ice’.

*Calendula Officinalis (Natural form)

*Cornflower. ‘Blue Boy’

*Dill ‘Mammoth’

*Climbing Nasturtium.

*Borage.

*Malope trifida ‘Vulcan’.

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Eschscholzia, ‘Ivory Castle’.

For a long time I have only grown Eschscholzia ‘Orange king’…because…well…it’s amazing. However having spied ‘Ivory Castle’ growing in a chum’s garden I decide to give it a trial. The germination rates have been fantastic and seeds sown direct into the soil are doing really well. I sowed in mid April…but you can sow in Autumn too for earlier flowers in the Spring.

‘Ivory Castle’ has wonderful creamy white flowers with yellow stamen held above feathery foliage…a very elegant plant.

At 12 inches it is shorted than most of the flowers I sell for cut flower gardeners but it will be perfect for a simple glass of flowers….I suspect it is going to look mighty fine with ‘Indian Prince’ calendula and Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’.

Height: 30 cm

300ish seeds in a packet

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Eschscholzia. Californian Poppy. ‘Orange King’

Eschscholzia or Californian Poppy as it is more commonly known has got to be one of the brightest feel good flowers I can think of. Its cheerful disposition coupled with its ease to grow make it a firm favourite in the Higgledy garden…despite the fact I can never pronounce its botanical name.

Folk may tell you it can’t be used as a cut flower…well it can…sear the ends of the stems in boiling water for 30 secsonds and it will last a good five days…plus, when the petals fall…just leave them around the vase…trust me…they will look super groovy.

*Height. 30cm

*Sow. March, April, May and August. September.

*350ish seeds in a packet

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Feverfew.

A spectacular first year flowering perennial but will produce more and many hundreds of flowers in its second year. Bush like form with delightful white daisy-like flowers with yellow centres.

A very traditional herb flower….grown by Great Great Great Aunty Harriet Higgledy in the days before hovercraft and clouds….she swore by it.

A wonderful cut flower this….adds a country feel to any arrangement better than any other flower in my opinion.

Grows to 60cm

500ish seeds in a packet

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Flowers For A small Cut Flower Patch.

Not everyone has the space for big juicy cut flower patch with dozens of varieties and wide sweeping paths. If you are one of these folk than you can still have a cut flower garden…oh yes indeed my friends…all is not lost.

Productivity is key here…you need what we call, ‘Cut & Come Again’ flowers. When you cut these you don’t take them right down to the ground but rather to just above a leaf node. (where leaves meet the stem) This allows the plant to produce not one…oh no no…but TWO new stems and within a couple of weeks you will have more flowers to harvest.

So from even a small patch of say 4 metres by 2 metres you could have one square metre of each of the following varieties and have BUCKETS of flowers ALL summer long. For most flowers you will get nine plants per square metre of ground.

*Cerinthe Major

*Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’

*Corncockle

*Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’

*Calendula ‘Art Shades’

*Cornflowers ‘Blue Ball’

*Sunflower ‘Valentine’

*Cosmos ‘Sensation’

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Godetia. Crown Double Mix.

Godetia needs much better PR… for some reason it has disappeared from most British flower gardens… why? It is a rocking good flower… there are few annuals that offer such richness in colour and bloom.

I’ve chosen Crown Double Mix to grow in the Higgledy garden this year because it is a classic. Flowering in deep pinks, reds and whites. Stunning – gorgeous – fantabuloustastic!

You may not have seen it since your Granny was sweeping up your Lego but it is back… and if the Higgledy Garden have anything to do with it… then it is back to stay.

Three cheers for Godetia!

*Height 80 cm

*1000 seeds in pack

*Sow March/April

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Gomphrena. ‘Strawberry Fields’

Gomphrena ‘Strawberry Fields’ are taller than most Gomphrena and the flowers are super vivid and striking, making it an excellent flower for cutting. The flowers can also be easily dried…just hang in a well ventilated and dark space.

Gomphrena seeds are best soaked overnight, then sow either indoors at the beginning of April or outside after the frosts have done their stuff. I prefer to start some off in pots with a thin covering of vermiculite over the seeds as they like some light to germinate.

Drought tolerant and will thrive in most soils…but likes a sunny spot.

Height 55 cm

40ish seeds in a packet

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Half Hardy Annual

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Gypsophila. ‘Covent Garden’.

Gypsophila needs little introduction… is perhaps the most useful flower in the armory of the florist… wispy, lacey, delicate, airy… graceful.

This is an early summer flowering chap… very handy.

Gyp adds an ethereal quality to displays and creates a delightful foil for almost any other flower you put alongside it. I couldn’t be without it in the Higgledy Garden and am looking forward to its return this year.

*Height 60 cm

*1000 seeds in a pack

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Helianthus. Sunflower. ‘Valentine’.

These are wonderfully traditonal sunflowers. Delightful lemon yellow flowers with black centres. With the added benefit of branching from the base, so you get multiple blooms.

The long stems make these a really super cut flower to have in your portfolio.

*Height 150 cm

*20 seeds in a packet

*Sow April until late June. You can start them in pots but I find they don’t get on to well with root disturbance when moved. Sow 1.5 cm deep and keep the ground moist whilst they find their feet. Space at least a foot apart. May need staking.

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Helianthus. Sunflower. ‘Vanilla Ice’.

All the sunflowers we sell at Higgledy Garden have their own distinct character traits..this sunflower…the wonderful ‘Vanilla Ice’ is no exception… I would say it is the the prettiest of the lot…very delicate colour and petal formation… almost translucent. Gorgeous.

As a cut flower it is probably the best of the bunch too. (Excuse the pun) It has dozens of flowers on branching stems…perfect for the vase.

…AND its edible to boot… what is there not to love?

Height: 120 cm

40 seeds in a packet

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Helianthus. Sunflower. Earthwalker.

Earthwalker is a beautiful mix of the darker sunflowers… bronze and chocolate are the order of the day. Yellow sunflowers have their happy go lucky place but these more sophisticated ‘earth’ colours are really something else.

Easy to grow, branching habit so great for cut flowers. A charming flower for the youngsters to have a go at growing.

Earthwalker will always be in the Higgledy Garden.

NB The one is the picture is probably as light as they come…usually they are much more of a deep brown…but I just liked this one… :)

*Height 180-270 cm

*25 seeds min each packet

*Sow March-May

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Hesperis Alba (White, Sweet Rocket)

One of the sweetest smelling plants in my collection…a real old school favourite. Wonderful spikes full of clouds of delicate white flowers from late May. Bees and moths love it…wonderful for both a wildlife garden and a cut flower patch. It will also self seed every year…so you will have flowers for life!

*Height: 1 metre

*500ish seeds in a packet

*Sow Hesperis seeds: Mid May – July for flowers the following spring.

Biennial

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Hesperis Purpurea. (Purple, Sweet Rocket)

The same sweet scent as Hesperis Alba, Hesperis Purpurea will appeal to those who prefer the darker blooms…I grow both in the Higgeldy Garden as they compliment each other rather well. I like to display them with Autumn sown cornflowers, ‘Blue Ball’ for a super chic ‘country style’ display that should have me splashed all over Horse & Hounds…quite fancy myself as ‘Squire Higgledy of South Cornwall’.

*Height: 1 metre

*500ish seeds in a packet

*Sow Hesperis seeds: Mid May – July for flowers the following spring.

Biennial

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Honesty. Lunaria. ‘Expanding Mandy’.

These Honesty seeds are a mix of the wonderful deep purple plants and the more unusual white ones. Both will form stunning disc seed heads at the end of the season.

Along with the other biennials, Honesty are amongst the first flowers to arrive in spring and bring with them a beautiful scent…what is there not to love?!

Height 75cms

75ish seeds in a packet

Sow from mid May – July for flowering the following spring.

Biennial

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Ipomoea, ‘Heavenly Blue’.

Surely ‘Heavenly Blue’ is one of the most attractive annual climbers known to modern man? Stunning sky blue, trumpet shaped flowers just keep coming and coming all summer long..they look wonderful floating in a bowl of water…very North London Chic…all the rage in Shorditch I’m sure.

They are also super easy to raise from seed and the bees and the butterflies go weak at the knees for them.

Height: Up to 300 cm

Seeds in packet: 75ish

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Knautia ‘Melton Pastels’

Knautia ‘Melton Pastels’  is a mainstay in the Higgledy garden…although in a different botanical genus to Scabiosa…they are very close…if not holding hands. These come in a range of subtle shades and are nothing short of a joy to grow from seed and growing to a metre or more tall they make awesome cut flowers.

This perennial will flower all summer long and a first cutting of the flowers will give you a second albeit slightly shorter flush of flowers.

Give a bunch of these to your Granny and you will have cakes for life.

Height: 110 cm

15 seeds in a packet

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Larkspur. Giant Imperial. Crown Blended Mix.

To my mind if you want larkspur for cutting, go for Giant Imperials. They have great height, large flowers, strong stems and lush feathery foliage… just the jolly job.

These are also great to just be left in the border for a cottage garden vibe… this is old school chic at its best.

*Height 90 cm

*300 seeds in a packet

*Sow March-May and August-October Stick them in the fridge for ten days before sowing to aid germination.

Hardy Annual

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Lemon Balm. Melissa Officinalis.

It doesn’t take much imagination to understand how great a few sprigs of Lemon Balm can be in your arrangements. Lemon balm offers an unrivalled freshness of both colour and scent. Mellisa Officinalis was grown in the gardens of all our ancestors and has innumerable uses both in the kitchen and in the hands of herbalists. It is more than happy with some partial shade. It can become very prolific…which is handy for providing for the vase but can be a pain if it tries to spread through your flower bed. It is a good idea to keep it in a pot.

Height 50 cm

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Lupin. Sunrise.

This annual Lupin is probably one of the most attractive known to modern man. I can’t wait to get them started again this season.

The flowers turn through white, gold, azure blue and bronze… if you’re in the mood for unfathomable beauty then look no further. Simply gazing upon it is good for your soul and should be offered on the NHS.

Click on the image for a clearer pic…go on…I dare you.

*Height 100 cm

*20 Seeds in a packet

*Sow Lupin ‘Sunrise’ seeds from March-May

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Malope Trifida. ‘Vulcan’

This is a rarely seen annual in British gardens…which seems odd as it’s drop dead gorgeous and a piece of cake to grow.

It’s not just the wonderful velvety, trumpet flowers that smother the whole plant in profusion but you will see it has a lime green five pointed star in its centre…this is a very ‘wow’ flower. It even looks fantastic when it goes to seed and produces heaps of lantern like pods.

It’s a bushy number growing to up to a metre in well composted soil…

…and it lasts up to ten days as a cut flower.

Oh…and one last thing…it’s a tetraploid…yes…I knew that would clinch the deal.

Height: 100cm

75ish seeds in a pack

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Mina Lobata ‘Exotic Love’

Who can ever have too much Exotic Lurve… yeah baby!

In this instance the Exotic Love is in the guise of an annual climber…

She is a vigourous climber that may give you flowers for four months. The flowers arrive a scorching scarlet and fade through gold and to white… on numerous stems. This plant will get truly loaded with flowers. Wonderful stuff!

*Height up to 6 feet

*15 seeds in a packet

*Sow from April undercover in pots and then plant out after the frosts. Plant out 12 inches apart

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Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’

Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ has got to be one of the best ever flowering tobacco plants. Not only does it give a fantastic garden display but it is also very sought after in the the floral industry.

The wonderful lime green flowers come in masses AND they are delightfully fragrant and don’t give a monkey’s if the weather gets wet….which I have found recently to be very useful. ;)

I start mine off by sowing the seeds on the SURFACE of good seed compost (the seeds need light to germinate) and keeping them damp with a spray bottle. I sow in modular pots and cover with a piece of newspaper to keep the moisture in…it’s easy…you’ll have more seedlings then you can handle. Don’t put them out until after the frosts.

Perhaps give some to an old lady and be the toast of the village? #toptip

Height: 60 cm

Seeds in packet: 1000ish

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Nicotiana ‘Sensation’. New For 2014.

I have trying out some Nicotiana that had a good colour range and which would compliment the other two varieties of Nicotiana I already stock. In the end it wasn’t a difficult decision. I knew ‘Sensation’ was popular with florists who can get hold of it (It doesn’t travel well from overseas) and it is a simple and unfussy plant to grow from seed. Not only is it jaw droppingly pretty it also has a delightful evening fragrance which it uses to attract moths which pollinate it.

Height 90 cm

Seeds in packet: 2000 ish

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Nicotiana. ‘White Trumpets’.

As I’m sure you have worked out, Higgledy Garden like a few quirky flowers in the cutting garden. Sylvestris is certainly one. Statuesque with long white trumpet like flowers and a delightful scent… strongest at night. Keep one in a pot on your patio and impress the Joneses’ when they pop round for Tequila Slammer and a rubber of bridge.

When I say stately… I mean it can grow to a whopping 150 cms… tobaccotastic!

*Height 150cm

*4000 seeds in a packet

*Sow March/April undercover

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Nigella. Love in the Mist. Miss Jekyll, Dark Blue.

I have grown ‘Light Blue’ Nigella for ions but only recently have grown this wonderful ‘Dark Blue’ version…it’s a gem…super sophisticated and the dark blooms form into incredible seed pods. Try sowing two spring batches a couple of weeks apart for a longer season. It is happy in a poor soil and will happily reseed itself the following year.

I have knocked a little of the price to welcome it in to the shop. :)

*Height 50 cm

*400 seeds in a pack

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Nigella. Love in the Mist. Miss Jekyll, Light Blue.

Surely everyone but the criminally insane love Nigella? What is there not to love? A fantastic cut flower, with large double flowers that turn into the most amazing seed pods. No country garden should be without these.

They will self seed and come back every year… and all for a couple of quid… I’m so good to you.

*Height 50 cm

*400 seeds in a pack

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Nigella. Love in the Mist. Persian Jewel Mix.

Like most folk I have limited growing space but also like to grow new varieties each year… but some old favourites return year after year. One of these is ‘Persian Jewels’. Really easy to grow and a subtle mix of purples, lavenders and mauves with the lovely trademark fern like foliage that Nigella supports… gorgeous.

Be without this at your peril.

*Height 50 cm

*400ish seeds in a pack

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Phacelia

Phacelia is one of the best flowers you can grow to attract bees to your garden…also attracts heaps of hoverflies which will eat up all the pesky aphids. It is a very informal plant and is best suited to a cottage garden style.

Our friend Phacelia also makes a great cut flower but if you decide not to cut it…you can dig it back into the soil at the end of the season and it will add nitrogen to it.

Height: About two foot.

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Phlox Drummondii ‘Grandiflora Tall Mix’

This was my first season growing annual Phlox and what a result! For some reason I had got it into my small brain that they were tricky to grow…but in fact they couldn’t have been easier and the result is the most delicate and beautiful of flowers.

Phlox ‘Grandiflora’ have in fact been bred specifically for us cut flower fiends. It is very prolific, has strong stems and lasts well in the vase.

Colours range through the whites, pinks and purples. No self respecting cur flower patch should be without these.

Height: 50cm

150ish Seeds in a packet

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Poppy ‘Icelandic Giants’

This is to my mind the best Poppy for cutting. Beautiful and bright mixed colours on tall strong stems. Sear the stems in boiling water for thirty seconds and these will last a week in the vase with no problem. I harvest mine just as the buds are opening.

Either direct sow into the soil May, June and July or sow up in fibre pots…they LOATH root disturbance so be careful…they will flower the following year and usually self seed.

1000ish seeds in a packet

Height 60 cm

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Ricinus. Impala.

Ricinus is right up there as on of my favourite foliage plants. Not only does it have wonderful bronzed leaves but also creamy yellow flowers that turn into spherical maroon seed pods… would look quite at home on The Lord of the Rings film set.

This will add a tropical vibe to your garden and your arrangements… and you won’t find it in your local garden centre.

*Height 120

*10 seeds per pack

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Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’

Everyone has their favourite rudbeckia, ‘Marmalade’ is mine. Simple, reliable, easy to grow and melts on the retina like…er…I don’t know…a rum and raisin toffee?

I sowed loads this year, they all did well despite the atrocious conditions for growing from seed and they have been a great seller at market…so all in all they make me a happy bunny.

Grow them. Love them.

*Height 45 cm

*500 seeds in a packet

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Rudbeckia. ‘Goldilocks’.

Out of the three Rudbeckia I grow in the cutting garden ‘Goldilocks’ is the one with most flounce. A profusion of fluffed up flowers both double and semi double up to 10 cm across on 60-70 cm stems. This plant is both charming and playful…like all Rudbeckias ‘Goldilocks’ has been sneered at by the gardening establishment for years, but the Higgledy Garden likes an underdog and is delighted to harbour such a beautiful creature…..and she’s welcome to my share of the porridge too…can’t stand the stuff.

*Height 65 cm

*500 seeds in a packet

*Sow March/April undercover and/or May outside.

Short lived perennial but best treated as a half hardy annual.

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Rudbeckia. Black Eyed Susan. ‘Irish Eyes’

I’ve got a thing about Rudbeckias with green centres and this is one of my favourites. It also has the trade mark large golden flower on tall stems. Great in the border or in the vase.

Really easy to grow and very rewarding in the amount of blooms you will receive for your efforts.

A Celtic beauty.

*Height 75 cm

*250 seeds in a packet

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Salvia viridis ‘Monarch’

This Salvia (or Clary sage) has wonderfully coloured bracts and aromatic leaves. Very simple to grow from seed and has been a delight in the flower patch. How did I manage without it all these years?

The flowers can be added to salads and even dried for John and Barbara Good style hippy tea.

The name ‘Clary’ is derived from ‘clear eye’ as the herb was used by our ancestors to heal eye infections.

Much like myself this plant likes to flounce about in a sunny position in the garden….

 

Height 45 cm

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Scabiosa stellata ‘Ping Pong’.

By popular demand… Customers have been asking about ‘Ping Pong’ for yonks but I was having trouble finding good quality seed stock. These seeds are ripened in Southern Europe where the flower is native, ‘Ping Pong’ is grown for its exceptional seed heads….the blue flowers turn to wonderfully geometric spheres with maroon bracts. These are a florists dream and very hard to come by……don’t say I don’t do anything for you. ;)

Height 60 cm

20 seeds per packet

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Scabiosa. Pincushion Flower. ‘Back In Black’. (New For 2014)

I’ve been looking for a very dark scabiosa to add to the flower garden. ‘Back In Black’ more than fits the bill…not only does it have incredibly rich and dark flowers but also has good height and strong stems. Adding to these fine qualities it is also a very prolific flower and just keeps on giving up blooms all summer. Try showing it with zinngy green foliage plants like Bupleurum and Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’…oh yes indeed…these will get you wiggling with delight.

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*Height 90 cms

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Scabiosa. Pincushion Flower. Tall Crown Mix.

A fabulous mix of shades grace this most elegant of Scabiosa. Double flowers of pink, purple and whites on tall and super sturdy stems make this a truly classic cut flower.

Despite difficult weather for growing annuals in 2012, Scabiosa ‘Crown’ were absolutely fantastic. My fav scabiosa of the year…BRAVO!!!

*Height 90 cms

*40 seeds in a pack

*Sow March to May and September/October.

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Seeds To Sow In Autumn.

Sowing flower seeds in Autumn will give you super strong plants that will be more productive and flower earlier than their Spring sown chums. I sow ‘The Dirty Dozen’ and have flowers from late May.

Those in the north may like to sow in late August…I tend to sow mine in late September here in the Costa Del Cornwall…sowing any later will reduce the chances of success…but you can of course sow the seeds in Spring too.

NB  These are standard sized packets. I have reduced the total price by 20% and offer free shipping with the collection.

*Ammi Majus

*Calendula ‘Indian Prince’

*Cornflowers. ‘Black Ball’

*Corncockle

*Phacelia

*Bupleurum

*Nigella. ‘Miss Willmot, Dark Blue’

*Godetia. ‘Crown Mix’

*Larkspur ‘Giant Imperials’

*Candytuft, ‘Crown’

*Eschscholzia. Californian Poppy. ‘Orange King’

*Scabiosa, ‘Back In Black’

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Sweet Pea ‘Charlie’s Angel’

‘Charlie’s Angel’ is the only ‘frilly’ Sweet Pea I grow in the Higgledy flower patch…I usually find them just too fussy. Not so with ‘Charlie’s Angel’…this Sweet pea is a real charmer. A flower farming chum of mine says they are always good sellers…pretty pale blue blooms, long stems and a sweet scent….all the bases covered. From my own experience growing them I have found them extremely productive…I kept harvesting the flowers and they kept on coming.

20 seeds in a packets

Sow Oct-Nov and March-April

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Sweet Pea Collection. 2015

All six packets of the carefully selected Sweet Peas that we shall be growing in the Higgledy Garden in 2015.

‘Perfume Delight’

‘Charlie’s Angel’

‘Painted Lady’

‘Beaujolais’

‘Winston Churchill’

‘Jilly’

120 seeds in total…enough to share with your flower growing chums. The collection has 20% of the collective price deducted and has free shipping too.

 

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Sweet Pea. ‘Beaujolais’.

If you are looking for a dark and sophisticated sweet pea, then ‘Beaujolais’ is to my mind the best on the market. Very contemporary…tres chic. Jam jars of this will get all the yummy mummys of Surbiton in all of a tizzy.

20 seeds in a packet

Sow October-November and March-April

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Sweet Pea. ‘Jilly’.

I had somehow missed ‘Jilly’ in my hunt for the perfect creamy white Sweet Pea but then one of my customers put me on to this most gorgeous of Sweet Peas. It turns out that it is used often as an exhibition Sweet pea…now that game isn’t my thing but I can see why they use it. It has a good scent too. The creamy white flowers mature to an Ivory.

20 seeds in a packet

Sow October-November and March-April

 

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Sweet Pea. ‘Painted Lady’.

This is a very abundant Sweet Pea…it is a veritable flower fest. Wonderful bi-coloured pink and white blooms. Very old fashioned…which of course makes it very ‘now’. Like most of the older varieties it has a glorious scent. It dates from 1730!

20 seeds in a packets

Sow Oct-Nov and March-April

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Sweet Pea. ‘Perfume Delight’.

No prizes for guessing why we grow this one at the Higgledy Garden. If scent is what you are after…and a great goal that is in your Sweet Pea adventures..then look no further. ‘Perfume Delight’ will knock you off your perch and it has more flounce than a Barbara Cartland convention. A terrific and fun plant to grow.

20 seeds in a packet.

Sow Oct-Nov and March-April

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Sweet Pea. ‘Winston Churchill’.

This wonderful crimson, velvety beast is a very classy number. This is my second year of growing and it is here to stay. Not only is it a particularly strong colour…nothing wishy-washy about this chap but it is very dependable, producing heaps of flowers over a long period. As hardy annuals you can make an autumn sowing and or a spring sowing.

20 seeds in a packet

Sow March/April  Oct/Nov

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Sweet William ‘Alba’

This pure white Sweet William is a very charming creature indeed and is a very versatile player in the cut flower game. Sweet Williams arrive from mid May and are nothing short of flower making machines until well into the summer. Not only do the lush white blooms smell fantastic…but being white they go with just about anything you care to throw at them in the vase.

100ish seeds in a packet

Height 45-55 cm

Sow from late May until the end of July for flowering the following spring

Biennials

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Sweet William ‘BlackJack’

This super deep crimson Sweet William is as close as you will get to black. Dark Sweet Williams are tres a la mode in the florists of the chic and the knowledgeable. Ultra sophisticated and drop dead gorgeous with it. They marry an old school charm with contemporary tastes. Total show stoppers!

I have a dedicated biennial bed which I am about to double in size as Sweet Williams have really won me over this year…the three varieties I offer will pretty much cover all bases for the domestic cutting patch.

100ish seeds in a packet

Height 45-55 cm

Sow from late May until the end of July for flowering the following spring. I sow mine in modules and then plant out before the end of August…they are VERY easy to grow.

Biennials

 

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Sweet William, ‘Auricula-Eyed’.

One of the most traditional ‘cuts’ that I have in the Higgledy Garden…a very old school bloom…perfect for a country style garden…or display.

The reason I grow ‘Auricula-Eyed’ for the cut flower patch is because it gets to a good height…about 60cm…has very wonderful fragrant flowers on strong stems. Flowers themselves are bicoloured in shades of crimson, purple and pink with contrasting centers…a very striking Sweet William. It will flower from May.

Height 60cm

500ish seeds in a packet

Sow Sweet William seeds in June/July for a flowering the following May-July

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The Complete Cut Flower Garden Seed Collection 2014!

 

Here we have 20 packets of wonderful, reliable, easy to grow annuals that will give you a wonderful display. A mix of hardy annuals (which can be sown in Autumn and/or spring) and half hardy annuals.

Should you need guidance on how to grow them you will find growing guides on the top bar of the home page.

NB These are standard sized packets. I have reduced the total price by 20% and offer free shipping with the collection. You will have more than enough seeds to share with a friend…should you love them enough.

*Ammi Visnaga

*Corncockle

*Phacelia Tanacetifolia (Scorpion Flower)

*Cornflowers. ‘Blue Ball’

*Godetia ‘Tall Crown Mix’

*Borago

*Calendula Officinalis. ‘Art Shades’

*Eschscholzia ‘Ivory Castle’

*Eschscholzia ‘Orange King’

*Rudbeckia. ‘Marmalade’

*Cosmos ‘Sensation’

*Cosmos ‘Purity’

*Bupleurum

*Helianthus. ‘Earthwalker’

*Helianthus ‘Vanilla Ice’

*Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’

*Aster ‘Ostrich Plume’

*Nigella. Love in the mist. ‘Persian Jewels’

*Nigella. Love in the mist. ‘Miss Jekyll Dark Blue’

*Scabiosa ‘Crown’

 

 

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Tithonia Rotundifolia. New For The 2015 Season.

Last season I stocked Tithonia ‘Fiesta Del Sol’ but some folk gave me feedback to say they thought it was too short for the vase. So for 2015 I have decided to stock the uncultivated variety. I remember this plant from being a toddler when my family lived in Kenya. Over there it would grow to seven foot…over here in the UK it should easily reach four feet…and more in a warm sheltered spot.

Beautiful hot red, daisy like flowers on long stems. Tithonia will last a week as a cut flower flower.

This wonderful plant as yet is still relatively unknown and it’s rare to see it in a cutting patch…which is a shame…it’s a real gem.

50ish seeds in a packet

120 cm tall

Sow seeds undercover in March/April undercover…plant out after the frosts.

 

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Venidium. ‘Zulu Warrior’. Cape Daisy.

These are new in my cutting patch this year. Sunflower like blooms with dark centres and all shades of oranges, and white toward the outside. Shorter than sunflowers they are about 60 cm tall. Native to South Africa Vendium is commonly known there as the Cape Daisy. Best treated as annual. These beauties are very productive and a vase full of them will make your life better.

 

Height 50-60cm

100ish seeds per packet

Sow March-May

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Wallflower. ‘Cloth of Gold’.

It’s safe to say wallflowers have gone out of fashion…this is completely bonkers…wallflowers are tremendously useful for bringing you blooms to your garden or cut flower patch from as early as mid March! Not only does this old school favourite ‘Cloth of Gold’ bring you early colour but it brings with it a delightful scent and of course the bees will love you for it. The flowers are a bold and beautiful golden yellow…sunshine on a stem…yeah baby!

Bring some of these delightful flowers inside and the sweet scent will follow.

Height 50cm

500ish seeds in a packet.

Sow Wallflower seeds from late May until early July.

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Wedding Favours.

After having being asked four times already this years if I can provide flower seeds for wedding favours, I have come up with ‘Meadow Mix’. The key point here is that I fully understand folk are trying to keep the costs of their weddings down…with this in mind I shall produce for them simple seed mixes of seed stock that I have an abundance of and therefore am able to keep the price down. For instance I am making 250 packets up this week using a mix of Calendula, Phacelia and Corncockle. NB This is not a traditional grass land wild flower meadow mix…and the contents may change…but you can always be in touch and I’ll let you know what will be in them.

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The favours come in bundles of 25 packets for £25 including shipping.

 

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Zinnia ‘Cactus’.

These Zinnias are pleasingly bonkers and are very ‘al la mode’ and ‘tres louche’ as they say in Chertsey. ‘Cactus’ has long stems and the showy blooms are perfect for those with quirky tastes. Zinnias are easy to grow…either start them off in pots in late March early April and plant out after the frosts or simply direct sow into your beds apres le frost has naffed off up north. They REALLY don’t like the cold being that they are originally of a Mexican persuasion so check the forecast before you plant them out.

Height 60 cm

Seeds In Packet: 100ish

Sow March/April undercover and/or May outside.

Half Hardy Annual

 

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Zinnia ‘Envy’

Zinnia ‘Envy’ is probably the most sought after Zinnia by florists. It’s creamy green flowers are all the rage with the petal crazed retailers.

Of the three Zinnias I am selling this year (all chosen for their fantastic qualities as cut flowers) Zinnia ‘Envy’ is probably the most tricky to grow…it needs a long hot summer (Splutter splutter) and must not be over watered (more splutter splutter). I didn’t fair so well with it this year…roll on next spring.

Height: 75 cm

50ish seeds in a packet

Sow Zinnia ‘Envy’ Seeds directly in the soil in May and June (they don’t like root disturbance…so avoid starting in pots…other seed sellers may tell you otherwise…I suspect they have never tried to grow it).

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Zinnia. Mammoth.

It is a simple fact of life that things that are named ‘Mammoth’ are generally good things. Zinnia ‘Mammoth’ is no exception. Wonderful double flowers on strong stems… a great range of colours… and really easy to grow.

These Zinnia’s are text book ‘cut and come again’ flowers… the more you pick, the more you get… we like this… lots.

*75 cm

*50 seeds in a packet

*Sow undercover in April and outside from mid May. Space plants out to about 12 inches.

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