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Flowers in the home are a luxury, but I think they’re also a necessity – I agree with Vita Sackville-West’s view that ‘A flowerless room is a soulless room’. A display that makes you smile is worth its weight in gold, and if you grow the blooms yourself, the pleasure is doubled. Such is my need to recapture the childhood magic of picking sweet peas, I once grew them on the window ledge of a third-floor flat where aged sash windows made picking nigh-on impossible. Access is less of a problem these days as I have a flower patch on an allotment. It’s only small but I still furnish my home (and friends) with blooms all summer long. My inspiration has come from pioneering grower and florist Sarah Raven, so…

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growing notes

1 COPPER GARDEN TOOLS Currently on trend, copper tools not only look the part but are said to enrich the soil with copper trace elements that are beneficial to plants. We love that this trowel has depth marks, which is super helpful when you’re planting bulbs. It also comes with a personalised drawstring bag, making it a thoughtful gift too. £35 2 GROW YOUR OWN CONFETTI The sky’s the limit when it comes to the variety of flowers you can grow in your own cutting patch, whether it’s in a border or a container. While that’s exciting, it can also be a little daunting. Thankfully, there are lots of companies that have done the hard work for you by creating special seed collections around a particular occasion or theme. We love Gluttonous Gardener’s…

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connect to the season

When you’re given a gift of flowers, what’s the first thing you do? You bury your nose in them and inhale deeply. What we love about a bunch of flowers is the sensory experience – the colours, textures, shapes and luscious scent. But as well as that, locally grown, seasonal flowers connect us with many things we hold dear. The past, the countryside, the seasons and our community. Buying flowers from an artisan grower who contributes to the local economy, whose garden provides a haven for wildlife and whose flowers are unique is more than just buying a bunch of flowers. It connects us to a person, to a place and to a season. Around 50 years ago most flowers sold in the UK were grown at home, but over the…

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rachel’s inspiration online and elsewhere

WEBSITES There are loads of websites offering advice, ideas and support for growers and florists. Rachel recommends and INSTAGRAM Search for the tags #britishflowers and #grownnotflown on the app, and turn to page 81 to see how Instagram can help you record and share your flower-growing experiences BOOKS For an instant primer on growing, cutting, displaying and selling your own flowers, Rachel suggests The Flower Farmer’s Year: How To Grow Cut Flowers For Pleasure And Profit by Georgie Newbery, published by Green Books COURSES If you want hands-on experience, try a workshop. Rachel runs courses at, and also recommends and…

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sarah raven's guide to... perfect plghts for your flower patch

When I first moved from London to Perch Hill, a small farm in East Sussex, I had a vague dream of giving up my job as a hospital doctor and staying at home to grow cut flowers. From the age of seven or eight, I’d loved picking flowers and then arranging them for my botaniser father to have on his desk to love too. Through my twenties I wanted a flower shop, and my birthday present from my now husband, Adam, was to go to the wholesale cut flower market at Nine Elms and buy enough freesias, lilies, hyacinths and Paper Whites to fill our West London house. I loved that week of flowers in every room, but once I lived in the country it made better sense to grow my…

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your guide to flower categories

In the guide that follows, you’ll see the inspiring options you have for stocking the living florist shop in your own back garden. All these plants have been selected as they’re easy to grow, some needing just a little early help on a warm window ledge. Go with what speaks to you and remember to include foliage as well as flowers in your selection. And if you’re overwhelmed by choice, turn to page 54 for Sarah’s pick of her 10 must-have cut flowers based on her 25 years of expertise in growing and arranging. FOCAL FLOWER The star of your arrangement, something with a big impact such as a sunflower or dinner-plate dahlia SUPPORTING FLOWER The ‘chorus’ to your diva focal flower – a slightly smaller bloom like a zinnia SPIKE A tall flower to add height…