Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal Book Review

Sarah Raven's Cutting Garden Journal

Our allotment drew lots of attention and admiration during the height of summer, the new cutting area dominated and stole the show with punchy colours of wildflower cornflower and Eschscholzia ‘Orange King’, purchased from Sarah Raven of whom I am a big fan. Other plot holders would stop me from working to compliment on the dazzling display of flowers and continuous hum of bees. As luck would have it, Frances Lincoln publishers contacted me to ask if I would like to review a copy of Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal. I’m eager to extend my knowledge and confidence with our cut flower patch and having Sarah Raven’s journal to hand will be really useful, so of course I agreed to be sent a copy.

Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal is compact and easy to carry, the front cover features Sarah Raven clutching a beautiful arrangement of flowers from her cutting garden. The journal takes you through the necessary steps to design and create the perfect cutting garden, with helpful monthly sections to include jobs for the month, flowers of the month and a monthly flower project. The journal provides detailed information on dates for sowing, planting advice, propagating, forcing and cutting.

Sarah’s arranging tips and techniques along with advice on equipment, conditioning and aftercare of your flowers will see you making your own arrangements in next to no time. There are step-by-step instructions with photos to help you create a mixed arrangement and wall hanging winter medallion, which is my personal favourite. The only nit pick I have with the journal is the style of photography used for the flower displays, it’s not to my taste but that’s just my opinion and in no way spoils the enjoyment or use of the journal.

Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal will help to get the most out of your cut flower garden, creating a garden to offer plenty of interesting flowers and foliage throughout the year to create dazzling seasonal flower displays.

A hardback book and priced £14.99, I’m delighted to offer my readers the following discount:

To order Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal at the discounted price of £11.99 including p&p* (RRP: £14.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG200. 
*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.
The journal officially releases on 4th September 2014 and is published by Frances Lincoln

About the author:

Sarah Raven is a writer, cook, broadcaster and teacher, running cooking, flower arranging and gardening courses from her farm in East Sussex.

Sarah Raven’s Cosmos ‘Bright Lights’

Sarah Raven Bright Lights Cosmos

Apart from the mighty Sunflower, Cosmos has to be one of my favourite garden flowers to grow and enjoy in my garden and the allotment. The usual Cosmos colour palette that I grow ranges from snow-white to deep plum, but this year I added a different colour to the mix – Cosmos sulphureus ‘Bright Lights’ from Sarah Raven seeds.

An orange/yellow-flowered variety, the foliage being denser than other Cosmos varieties that I grow, resembling Marigold leaves. The colours are vivid tangerine orange to golden-yellow, mix this variety with other Cosmos or grow it on its own to brighten a dull corner. Perfect for containers, my pots of mixed Cosmos in the garden are still flowering and attracting plenty of bees and other pollinators. They look amazing flowering in front of my blue allotment shed.

Easy to grow, if you love Cosmos you won’t be disappointed with this variety. I confess to preferring fine ‘feathery’ foliage Cosmos but that’s a personal choice. You can purchase your seeds direct from the Sarah Raven website.