In the words of Karen Walker, my favourite comedy character in the sitcom “Will and Grace” – “What’s this? What’s happening? What’s going on?”
Well I’m Andy, and I’m a self-confessed, card-carrying, guilty-as-charged flower-a-holic.
I live in green and gorgeous Cheshire, and this year I have, not one but, two new, rather lovely Gabriel Ash greenhouses in which to play. In my town garden in Crewe I’m planning a floral ‘smorgas-gorge’ this summer. I’m delving deep into the wonderful world of growing flowers, mostly from seed, cuttings and divisions, but also the occasional bit of layering and whatever other means of propagation necessary.
This year I want to cultivate and revel in my favourite blooms like never before. I’m hoping my new back garden will become an energising, flower-powered space that’s super-charged with vibrant colour. So over the coming months, I intend to open up my back garden and share, with you, my trials, tribulations and triumphs. It’s going to be a veritable flower fantasia.
I’ve been super busy already. I’ve potted up an obscene number of dahlia tubers, sown sunflowers, sweet peas and Cosmos, divided and potted up Alstromerias, Cannas and Starship Lobelias, planted bulbs of lilies alliums and Mexican Tiger Flowers, and as soon as it warms up that little bit more, towards the beginning of April, I’ll start sowing even more tender and half-hardy blooms. Somebody stop me!
So if you fancy some fun and a bit of colour, pour yourself a large G&T and join me on my quest for a #totalflowerfest in 2017.