Flowers. I adore them. Tulips, daffodils, gerbera, peonies, roses, sweetpeas, hydrangea. Love them all. It's one of my secret indulgences to have a vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen table and another on the mantlepiece in the living room. They bring me so much joy every time I catch a glimpse of them or smell their sweet fragrance.
But boy is it a costly indulgence. It's not too bad if I stick to my beloved Aldi. Their tulips are pretty good but their display tends to lack variety and their bouquets can be a bit hit or miss. Some flowers last a whole week, others start to look a bit sad before I even manage to get them into a vase.
So thank goodness Aldi also sell seeds. Hurrah! So this year, I'm turing self-sufficient on the cut flowers front.
I've got sweetpeas* sown in about 4 different massive pots as well as over at the allotment.
3 giant pots contain a wildflower seed mix.
1 pot has cornflowers.
I'm also nurturing some cosmos and some snapdragons over on the allotment. (edit: the cosmos have succumbed to frost, but the snapdragons were alive and well when I last checked. Will sow some more cosmos this weekend - that's the great thing about grow your own. Just keep sowing!)
...and the cost? Under £5. For hopefully a whole summer of vases overflowing with cut flowers.
|The tender beginnings of glorious, fragrant sweetpeas|
*I was sent some sweetpeas and a lovely planter from Febreze as part of the P&G Clean Up London campaign, but I'll blog about it properly when the rain stops long enough for me to take some half decent photos :)