Growing Cut Flowers

Let's Grow, Girls

Join Flower Friends Nicole and Sarah on their journey to growing beautiful blooms! Interviewing experts, discussing their own successes and failures, and revealing the mysteries behind incredible cut flowers

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This week we have our first ever Australian guest - and we are so excited to talk dahlias with Lorelie from Florelie Seasonal Flowers

Nov 5

52 min 27 sec

This week we are joined by the one an only sunflower Steve! The breeder of the most incredible double sunflowers - which have probably captured your attention via the magic of Instagram. Steve has been flower farming for 21 years and shares his fascinating journey, his top tips and spills all the secrets about his upcoming seed line!

Oct 29

1 hr 5 min

This week we are joined by the LGG Director Of Enabling, Marryn! This is her third appearance on the show and our favourite (and only) repeat guest. This week she's talking us through how her sweet pea season went, her fave varieties from this year and the ones she's most excited for in the year to come. Marryn's website: https://www.thefarmhouseflowerfarm.com/ Marryn's instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thefarmhouseflowerfarm/

Oct 22

1 hr 8 min

This week we're joined by someone we've both admired for a long time - and she's covering a topic we haven't really covered yet. Muddy acres flower farm: https://muddyacres.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/muddyacresflowerfarm/  

Oct 15

53 min 46 sec

This week we're so excited to return from summer hiatus to bring you a highly anticipated flower that's very hard to grow.   The wonderful Briana joins us to talk all about how she got into farming, how she focuses on making her farm more sustainable and more. Find out more about Briana: https://blossomandbranchfarm.com/

Oct 8

1 hr 15 min

This week’s episode is with Sophie, the head gardener of the cutting garden at Chatsworth House. We talk all things Chatsworth before getting stuck into the real flower chat about how to grow Larkspur and Lupins!

Aug 13

1 hr 3 min

This week we talk to the gardening legend that is Lisa Mason Ziegler from The Gardener’s Workshop. We talk all about growing successfully in soil blocks and the technique of growing cool flowers which Lisa is known for.

Jul 9

1 hr 8 min

This week we are joined by Natasha from 1818 farms to talk all things dried flowers, soaps, wax sachets. Check out her farm: https://1818farms.com/collections/most-popular-items

Jul 2

1 hr 3 min

In this week’s episode (the second of the second) we are joined by the lovely Heather of Petal Pink Flowers. We talk all about statice, a flower that we are predicted a big comeback for, and why/how to run a subscription flower service for your customers. There’s some farm animal chat in there too as usual!

Jun 25

50 min 15 sec

Season 4 of Let’s Grow, Girls is back with a bang and we’ve got Danish gardener, photographer, broadcaster and publisher, Claus Dalby! Claus tells us all about his garden inspiration, his love of colour and talks about some of his favourite plants. Not only do we cover our usual cut flower chat, but Claus also chats to us about growing in his garden “rooms”, his spectacular container displays and definitely adds a few more plants to our ever growing lists! Remember to come find us on Instagram @letsgrowgirlspodcast and also our Facebook group where you can ask us any questions about the episode. We also have a new Patreon account where you can subscribe to get access to exclusive content. Links to all of these are on our website www.letsgrowgirls.co.uk or via our Instagram bio. Thanks!

Jun 18

57 min 10 sec

This week we are joined by the amazing Sarah Gray, of Bloom & Gray flower farm in Yorkshire aka Sarah #1 for the purposes of telling them apart!

May 28

56 min 8 sec

Today we are joined by Michaela from @planting.with.Michaela

May 21

1 hr 3 min

This week we are joined by Niki from Flourish flower farm! You can find her here: Instagram (@flourishflowerfarm) | Website ( more info about ordering her book on her website!)

May 14

58 min 48 sec

This week we are joined by Amy from Chicks and Veg to talk all things wedding flowers, hornworms and Randy chickens

May 7

58 min 16 sec

Another week, another notebook full of garden notes! This week we are joined by Sophie, dialling in from Wiltshire in the UK to tell us all about what she's got going on in the garden right now! Find Sophie: Instagram (@Oldhouseintheshires) | Website

Apr 30

50 min 24 sec

Are you a beginner gardener? Just starting out with your cut flower journey? Well this is the episode for you. We chat to new-grower, Lauren McDermott, about her first foray into the cut flower world! We talk about all the seeds and tubers she’s got ready for her first summer of blooms. And we couldn’t have Lauren on the podcast without talking style and getting some tips on what she wears in the garden.

Apr 24

1 hr 3 min

Another week of Garden Notes! This week we are joined by Charlie from @The_Home_Gardener on Instagram to hear how she's been getting on in her garden.  Find her here: Instagram | Website Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here! And join our family as a patron (oooh, aaaah!) - more info to be found here: https://www.patreon.com/letsgrowgirls

Apr 16

52 min 51 sec

Marryn, an honorary Grow Girl is back and she has been promoted to Director of Enabling!! Marryn joins us for our garden notes series to tell us what's happening in her garden this week.... but mostly to give us  list of 100 new things we need to buy. Oops!! You can find Marryn here: Website | Insta  Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here! And join our family as a patron (oooh, aaaah!) - more info to be found here: https://www.patreon.com/letsgrowgirls

Apr 9

1 hr 10 min

Dahlias dahlias dahlias! This week we are joined by a UK dahlia legend, Phillippa from Justdahlias in Cheshire who grows to sell cut flowers for floristry. She also dries her dahlias to sell year round.  You can find her here: Instagram | Website 

Apr 9

50 min 45 sec

We're back for season 3! This season, Garden Notes, will be a more laidback look into what is happening in our gardens each week: featuring a guest who can tell us about their garden or cut flower patch too.  This week we are joined by Lizzie from The Rose Press Garden, an exciting new seed shop aiming to make gardening products that are for a younger audience. She tells us how she started gardening, what she's direct sowing this week and lots more! Find Lizzie: Shop | Instagram Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here! Love the show? Help us keep producing this flowery content and support us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/letsgrowgirls)

Mar 26

54 min 43 sec

Mums the word! It’s the season 2 finale and have we ever got a good episode for you!  The flower that has us the most flummoxed is one that seems to have most of you stumped too, the chrysanthemum.  So when we wanted to learn more, who better to call upon but the one and only, Sarah Raven. Not only does Sarah gives us her tips and tricks for growing the perfect "xanths" but she also tells us about growing at her garden Perch Hill and reveals her favourite dahlia and tulip varieties. So if you only listen to one thing this week, make it our season 2 finale. Sarah's Instagram handles: @sarahravensgarden @sarahravenperchhill Sarah Raven's website/shop: https://www.sarahraven.com/ Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Mar 12

39 min 51 sec

We get asked for foliage and filler recommendations all the time, so in this week’s episode we chat to Brenna from Three Brothers Blooms, a beautiful flower that she runs from her home in the Washington state, in the United States, to hear about some of her favourites. From phlox to pansies, you’ll be adding to your seed list like there’s no tomorrow! Brenna has the most amazing taste in flowers and we couldn’t get enough of her suggestions!

Mar 5

51 min 18 sec

You wanted to us to talk soil and your wish is our command! In today’s episode we have Jo and Wendy from Organic Blooms, an organic cut flower farm based in Bristol, U.K. Jo and Wendy were one of the first flower farms in the U.K. to achieve organic certification by the Soil Association so they know a thing or two about growing flowers organically. We talk about the complexities of becoming certified organic and how you can apply some of these practices in your home garden or your allotment, not to mention our usual flower filled chat as we find out some of Jo and Wendy’s favourite blooms at the farm and talk about companion planting.

Feb 26

1 hr 6 min

If you don't already have snapdragons on the list for your cut flower patch this year - that's about to change!! We are so excited to welcome Gemma from Green Rabbit Flowers who has been growing for only a few years but had found success in her local area with beautiful colour combinations and amazing snapdragons.  Today she's spilling her secrets to growing show stopping snapdragons (seriously, check out her insta if you don't believe us!) - autumn sowing, when to pinch, how to propagate and more! Green Rabbit Flowers: Instagram  | Facebook  |  Website Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Feb 19

57 min 10 sec

This week is a new one! We're bringing you a Q&A session with questions submitted from our Facebook group and Instagram page, covering a whole host of questions - everything from seed starting, growlights, to our unpopular opinions. Things mentioned: UK cell trays: https://containerwise.co.uk/ UK cell trays: https://www.bootstrapfarmer.com/ Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Feb 12

45 min 25 sec

We're super excited to welcome Nicole from Flower Hill Farm (of YouTube fame) on to the show for a good old flower chit chat and so she can talk us all through the basics of growing gladioli for cut flowers.  She's explaining spacing, when to plant, succession planting, saving the corms and so much more. She's also sharing the other things she's excited to plant on the farm for 2021. Links Nicole:  Website  | Instagram  |  YouTube  (Flower Hill Farm) Things we mentioned: Kings Mums Echinacea Supreme Cantaloupe Let’s Grow, Girls the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Feb 5

1 hr 4 min

One of our most loved guests from season 1 returns for an epic flowery catch up! The wonderful Marryn in definitely part of our flowery tribe and when Nicole and I had a gap in our recording schedule we knew we had to squeeze a flowery catch up in! This is a long one, a really long one, so save this one for while you do your gardening tasks so that we can join you and fill your greenhouse/polytunnel/garden with flower friend chit chat. We're talking about successes from 2020, Marryn's favourite ever sweetpea varieties, what new things we're growing in 2021 and so, so, so much more! Grab a coffee and join us. Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here!

Jan 29

1 hr 9 min

Our most requested guest thus far, please welcome Ben (AKA Alstroemeria Ben) to the show! Alstroemeria make wonderful cut flowers because they last incredibly well in the vase and are wonderful to arrange with. They come in a whole host of colours and a perennial so come back year on year. They spread too, so your Alstromeria patch should get more and more productive as time goes on! We are so excited to chat to Ben about his British Flowers Rock campaign and about the pressing need for more education for the public on where their flowers are coming from. He also shares the basics of how to add some Alstromeria to your cutting patch - how to space them, care for them, pick them and more.  Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here! We have gathered a list of the best cut flower alstromeria varieties and where to buy them that will be posted in the group!

Jan 22

36 min 46 sec

We are SO excited to be joined by one of the UK's OG flower growers, Georgie Newbery - and boy did her wonderful interview not disappoint! She turned the confusion and overwhelm into simple solutions in minutes and we can't wait to take some of her advice into the 2021 growing season.  In this episode Georgie walks us through the basic set up for a successful and productive cut flower garden, the basics for those wanting to grow their own wedding flowers and even spacing and natural wind protection methods for your beds. She answered some of the most asked questions we get on social media and our FB group and we are so grateful to her for sharing so much wisdom with us! Georgie runs Common Farm Flowers, in Somerset and had two amazing books out; How To Grow Your Own Wedding flowers and The Flower Farmers year. Check out her website here to see her courses, flowers for delivery (UK wide!) and books. Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here! Read the episode transcript here!

Jan 15

50 min 1 sec

For this first episode of 2020 we are joined by the amazing Kara to talk about her big move into perennials for cut flower production! We’re learning about what prompted her move to perennials, what her favourites have been so far and what her most popular stems in her arrangements have been. Let’s Grow, Girls is the cut flower podcast is a weekly dose of upbeat, friendly flower growing expertise! For those who grow a few flowers in their garden, to those who want to know how to start a flower farm. Subscribe to be notified of our weekly episodes. If you have questions or want to see what other listeners are growing, join our Facebook group here! Kara's links: Website | Instagram

Jan 8

50 min 16 sec

Ta-da!! Season 1 is over, and so is 2020 (hasta la vista!!) so we thought we'd celebrate by sharing our bloopers and funny bits from season 1 We started this podcast to share our love of growing flowers and to offer out a flowery hand of friendship to all others who also love to grow their own flowers. We are SO, so grateful for how many of you have supported us on this journey, and been patient with us as we figured out how to do this whole podcast thing We are so excited for a 2021 filled with flowery friendships and more interesting interviews with amazing guests. Let's just say we have some real stonkers in the line- up! And for season 3 we will be returning with a grow-a-long, where we will be guiding you on what jobs you should be doing each week, and sharing the comings and goings of our different cutting gardens. Sarah's other half, who we refer to as "F" does not want his name shared so it is muted in these clips. We left the swearing in though, for fun, so this episode is perhaps not as child friends as the ones that came before it.  And be sure to join our Facebook group for lots of flowery chit chat!

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Jan 4

7 min

It's time to reflect on the year gone and look forward with hope to a year filled with flowers and joy! We're joined by a host of flowery friends to talk about what we've learned this year. For those who embarked on growing their own cut flowers this year there is so much to be proud of. If you successfully started a single seed - what a star you are! 2020 has taken one final turn for the worst with the new UK Stay-At-Home order but we are glad to bring you all an opportunity to reflect on the brighter moments we all had this year. Guests: Kara - Blooming Joy Flower Co - Insta Marianne - Wolves Lane Flower Co - Insta Amy - Chicks and Veg Elonor - ThePeonyFarmerUK - Insta Sofie - Soil and Fleurs Andrea - Dahlia Beach - Insta Em - Emjorealdavies Thank you SO much for listening to our first season! We are so grateful for everyone one of you, our Growers. We wish you all the happiest Christmas and the best year next year. See you after a few weeks of eating!!!!

Dec 2020

44 min 36 sec

Ranunculus fans, unite! This week we're joined by Marryn from The Farmhouse Flower Farm in Washington, USA and she's going through the basics of growing amazing ranunculus and anemones for cut flower production.  So for anyone wondering how to grow ranunculus corms or how to improve their current ranunculus patch, this is the episode for you! Marryn covers everything from how to pre-sprout your ranunculus and anemone corms, spacing, light requirements, what kind of fertiliser they love and of course her all time favourite varieties! (There was an error with the initial release of the episode, if your device automatically downloaded it ready to listen just delete the episode from your phone and try again for the updated version!) Check out Marryn's incredible farm on her instagram And be sure to join our Facebook group for lots of flowery chit chat!

Dec 2020

53 min 34 sec

The episode lots of Growers have been waiting for! In this episode we’ve got dried flower expert, Bex Partridge, talking to us about modern everlasting blooms. She gives us all her tips on how to master some of the classics like hydrangeas and honesty, and also talks to us about her favourite cut flowers to grow which look gorgeous in your garden but also are great for the beginner who wants to get into growing for dried blooms. So, if you've wondered how to start growing your own dried flowers, or you started growing your own cut flowers this summer and want to branch out (pun intended, ha!) next year - this episode is for you. For more info from Bex, her book, or her online shop click here. Here's how to join our Facebook group and see a list of Bex's favourites!

Dec 2020

51 min 47 sec

Do you stare at other peoples wonderful rose bushes in wonder?! Have no idea how to prune them or keep them healthy, or have you been too intimidated to grow them so far? This is the episode for you! We're joined by Katya, whose glorious Instagram feed is always filled with the most incredible roses. She brings advice on how to grow your own roses for cutting, the best varieties, the best companion plants for roses and so much more.  She is a fascinating guest with a really interesting story and we are so grateful to have had an insight into her little slice of paradise. Enjoy this episode! You can follow Katya here. Let's Grow, Girls is a podcast for people who are keen to learn to grow their own beautiful cut flowers. Perhaps you just want some long lasting, fresh flowers for the house, or you want to know how to start a flower farm.  Join flower friends Sarah and Nicole for lots of laughs, expert interviews and flowery inspiration! Join the LGG Facebook group here for top tips from guests and to make some flowery friends!

Nov 2020

45 min 28 sec

In this week’s episode we speak to Carole and Justine, co-chairs if Flowers From The Farm, an organisation dedicated to helping those of us with cut flower patches turn their dream into a reality - starting our very own flower farm that makes our hobby into an actual business! So if you ever wondered how to start a flower farm and how this wonderful group of flower growers can help you turn your dream into a reality, then hit play now! Find your local flower farm or join FFTF here. Join our Facebook group full of flowery friends!

Nov 2020

45 min 24 sec

This week Charles Dowding gives us the step-by-step to achieving a weed free cut flower patch with his No-Dig method. It's simple, easy and Charles is totally fascinating. So if you haven't started digging your beds yet, put that spade down! Yeah you! We're talking about how to go No-Dig, why you should, and the benefits of giving up the shovel. Check out Charles' Website for more of his wisdom! Let's Grow, Girls is a podcast for people who are keen to learn to grow their own beautiful cut flowers. Join flower friends Sarah and Nicole for lots of laughs, expert interviews and flowery inspiration.

Nov 2020

46 min 24 sec

Oh boy, do we have an absolute king of a guest today! The man, the myth, the legend Roger Parsons is joining us to talk all the things sweet peas. They are such a staple in the cutting garden, and if you want to add flounce and fragrance when growing your own cut flowers - you really have to get growing them now! Roger reveals when to sow for optimum results based on where you are in the UK (sorry overseas listeners!), how to pinch, grow tidily, save seeds and so, so much more. This episode is a wealth of knowledge for those of you looking to up your sweet pea game! Click here to join our Facebook group and access the notes on Roger's favourite varieties and how to purchase them!

Nov 2020

51 min 19 sec

It's that dreaded time of the year - time to dig up the dahlia tubers! Well, get your waterproofs on, and take us along with you for the ride. Talking through the ins and outs of the process for complete beginners, and cracking some great jokes for those of you who've done it before and are just here for the company.  If you're looking to start a cut flower garden, or grow your own cut flower bunches, then dahlias are definitely on your radar. Host Nicole is affectionately known as the Dahlia Queen over on Instagram so she will be sitting in as the guest this week to talk about how, when and why to dig yours up. And then there's also the debate of when, and how to divide - and then how and where to store them until we're ready to release them next spring! Let's Grow, Girls is the flowery corner of the internet for everyone interested in growing their own flowers. Join Sarah and Nicole as they interview experts from across the world and discover the secret to beautiful, long lasting homegrown flowers (with some terrible Dad jokes along the way!)

Oct 2020

46 min 33 sec

Marlies and Linda from Fam Flower farm join us in our flowery corner of the internet to talk all things bulbs! If you're hoping to add tulips or daffodils to your cut flower garden this year then this is the episode for you. Covering how, when, which varieties to plant and so much more it was truly a joy to have them as our guests today! They both make such incredible, long lasting cut flowers and come in such beautiful variations that they're a must if you're hoping to grow your own cut flowers. And hey, even if you don't need the sales pitch from us and you're already growing tulips - perhaps we can keep you company while you complete the back breaking labour!  

Oct 2020

26 min 55 sec

It's time to get growing, flowery girls and boys! Today's topic is autumn sowing, the process of sowing seeds and overwintering them for stronger plants the next year. What to autumn sow, what we're autumn sowing and general seed chat!

Oct 2020

40 min 38 sec