I never used to buy flowers; I just couldn't afford them when there are other things to pay for, like constantly rising utilities bills.
Over recent years I'd pick flowers and wild foliage on walks around Oxford's countrside, bringing them home and enjoying them in my home.
That's when I decided to specifically create my very own "cut-flower garden" in amongst my fruit and veg. I also decided to focus on growing native species flowers, as well as mix of other more modern flowers. Every summer it's such an immense joy to pop into the garden and pick a bunch, and enjoy putting them in upcycled vases like old bottles and jars, around the house.
Flowers, and especially if they are scented, do wonders for our happyness, our sense of peace and also our confidence.
Flower seeds are super easy to germinate - and once you got a few growing, they will set their own seed at the end of autumn to grow back again. But it's also a good thing to collect their seed heads and let them dry out, then pop them into a paper bag (paper, so they don't rot) until you can germinate them the next spring.
Modern flowers like cosmos and native species of cow parsley or carrot flower give a feathery, blowzy spray of flowers.
Others are zesty and bouncy, like Zinnias and Daisies, while others like sweet peas and sweet williams are heavenly scented and will fill your rooms with a delicate fragrances.
If you would like to buy flower seeds, the modern varieties are on the usual well-known seed suppliers like Mr Fothergills, Suttons, Unwins, Thompson-Morgan and Dobies.
But if you'd like to explore native species and wild flowers, take at look at these specialist providers. Our best local supplier is Chiltern Seeds https://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/
Otherwise take a look at Grow Wild & Kew Garden's helpful list of wild & heritage seeds (scroll down their webpage to see the list!)