A competition to win a book all about how to start your own cut flower patch – I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me! Well that’s what I have for all you lucky readers today.

I was delighted to be contacted about a new book that’s just been published called The Cut Flower Patch: Grow Your Own Flowers All Year Round by Louise Curley, and to then receive a copy in the post to review. Rather than keeping this beautiful book all to myself, I’ve decided to run a competition for one of you to win it.


You’ll also find an offer code at the bottom of the blog post if you wish to buy yourself or someone else a copy – now that I’m giving away my copy I’ll be off to put in an order! A big thanks to publishers Frances Lincoln for sending me a copy to review and giveaway.

The Cut Flower Patch: Grow Your Own Flowers All Year Round 

What I first noticed about this book as a I started to read it, was how accessible it was – I might be a huge fan of cut flowers and growing my own veggies, but I’m by no means an expert, so it’s great to find a book that explains it all in a way that made me feel confident I could have a go myself. And if I did get stuck, I could just dip into the book for advice.


The book is broken down into various sections from planning and making your cutting patch, through to cutting and arranging your homegrown flowers. For all you brides-to-be out there planning on growing flowers for your own wedding, you’ll be delighted to hear there’s a section on growing flowers for a wedding, including essential top tips.


Rather than purely being a book about how to grow flowers, Louise has also included sections on cutting and arranging with your homegrown flowers, which is full of tips on how to prepare your blooms, through to selecting and caring for your vases.

It is also full of photographs of beautiful arrangements, bound to inspire the natural bride. In fact, it’s worth mentioning that the entire book is chock full of stunning photography.


What’s great about Louise’s book is she also advises you on the best types of flowers to grow and why. For me this one of the most helpful sections of the book, because if you’re anything like me, you see a seed catalogue full of pretty flowers and you go mad buying about 100 different varieties and never getting round to growing half of them, nor having much success with them.


For each cut flower she showcases, she includes some key details, my favourite of which is “Why grow it?” It’s wonderful to get Louise’s thoughts on why you should grow a particular flower, from Zinnia’s “Cheerful colours into autumn” to Blue lace flowers “Delicate flowers loved by hoverflies”.


As well as being a practical guide to getting started with your own cut flower patch, the book also explores the additional benefits such as supporting your back garden ecosystem and how to choose flowers that consider the local insects and other wildlife.

She also expertly touches on the negative environmental impact of imported cut flowers, and how starting your own cut flower garden, however big or small, can make a positive difference.


There is so much more in this book that I haven’t even been able to touch on in, from planting calendars and how to responsibly forage for additional materials to complement your cut flowers (think lichen covered branches, blackberries and grasses).

So the only way to get all the details is to win a copy of The Cut Flower Patch: Grow Your Own Flowers All Year Round – and you can only do that if you enter the competition below.


Here at The Natural Wedding Company we are huge supporters of seasonal British grown wedding flowers, and have a whole section on the directory dedicated to helping you find the perfect flower farmers or florist for your wedding day.

Win a copy of The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley

*I’ve had to revise this as it seems people were confused about how to enter. Please read carefully.*

To enter the competition simply follow the instructions below:

1. On the Rafflecopter widget below, log in with your email or Facebook.

2. You will be asked to enter the competition by leaving a comment on this blog post. You must leave a comment here AND click the big green ‘I commented’ tick. Please ensure that the email address and name you leave when commenting on the blog post, match that which you used for logging into Rafflecopter.

3. As an additional entry, you can also tweet about the competition – please don’t change the tweet or I won’t be able to check you’ve tweeted.

Best of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition will run until midnight Friday 21st March 2014. The winner will be contacted by email.

Please note: we can only post the book to UK addresses – if you’re not in the UK and would like to get a copy of the book, you can still use the book offer below.

Special Book Offer

Don’t forget, if you don’t win the competition then you can still take advantage of this offer from publishers Frances Lincoln of a discounted price for the book of £16.00 including P&P* (RRP: £16.00). To order your book email or telephone 01903 828 503 and quote the offer code APG101.

Alternatively, send a cheque maybe payable to: LBS Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RB. Please quote the offer code APG101 and include your name and address details.

*UK only – please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

Images: All except the main image from The Natural Wedding Company 


Cathryn on 12. March, 2014

I’d love this as I recently weeded our garden to start a fresh!

Louise on 12. March, 2014

I’m DIYing a lot of my wedding next year, and I’m just about to move to a house with a lovely big garden with room to grow! Seeing as my fingers are only green when I pick up fresh cut grass, I need all the help I can get! This book would really help!

Julie on 12. March, 2014

A gorgeous book that looks so inspiring! I have a large garden that is so ready to be transformed with an abundance of flowers but I don’t know where to start! I am passionate about flowers and would love to grow my own, how satisfying, and I am beginning to create my own flower designs so this would be a perfect support.

Rebecca Jones on 12. March, 2014

I would love to win this book – grew cosmos from seeds last year and lots of bulbs… inc alium – i’d have them in my bouquet for sure…

Kathleen on 12. March, 2014

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a book how exciting I can’t wait to read it.

Emma on 12. March, 2014

A lovely book with lots of inspiration. This would really help me grow flowers for my summer country wedding in 2015. We are doing as much we can ourselves so any helping hand would be much appreciated to make te church and village hall beautiful for our guests :0)

Rebecca on 12. March, 2014

I’m a wedding photographer who for years has longed to be able to grow flowers in a garden to cut and photograph. We have been saving so hard and are finally moving into a house with a south facing garden. I have been looking for advice on the kinds of flowers I can grow so this book would be just perfect 🙂

Ruth on 12. March, 2014

I bought this last week…..great book, would love to give one to a friend!

June saddington on 12. March, 2014

It looks a lovely book, I’m going to try and grow some cut flowers this year .

Clowance on 12. March, 2014

What a beautiful book! We are getting married in May and are a bit clueless about flowers! The lovely ladies at The Garden Gate Flower Company are growing our flowers for us and I’ve booked onto one of their workshops afterward our big day. Would absolutely love to win a copy of the book 🙂

Ariana on 13. March, 2014

Beautiful post. It seems as though because I am in Canada I am not eligible to win this book, but if I were the reason I would like to win it is because I am working on getting my own flower farm started, and I am both planting my first bed this spring and trying to immerse myself in the learning process since this will be my first go at growing flowers. So much to learn, and this book looks like it would be a great one to include in that process! Thank you for highlighting it in your post!

Sue@GLAllotments on 13. March, 2014

I want to develop a cutting garden on my allotment and struggle to decide what to grow

Julie Annis - Hollyhock Lane on 13. March, 2014

Yes, please! Was just at the nursery today to buy some more blooms for my little garden. I love the idea of growing flowers for cutting!

Camilla Banks on 14. March, 2014

Looks like a gorgeous book, love the photography! I was considering growing my own flowers for my wedding next year, but have no clue where to start so it would be an amazingly helpful resource.

Kristina on 17. March, 2014

This seems like a really beautiful book that would certainly help me to enlarge my knowledge. If I had it, I could start growing a lot more flowers and I guess it would also help me to begin putting together impressive bunches for my loved ones.

Rachel on 17. March, 2014

I love growing cur flowers in my garden but my knowledge is small as this is only my 2nd attempt. Last year I started with roses and sweet peas and derived an enormous amount of pleasure from what I did achieve, so I would love to win this book and improve so much more!

Thank you, a lovely giveaway!

Caroline on 17. March, 2014

What a lovely prize! I’d love to win because I have a patch on the allotment for flowers and I have no idea where to begin!

Hannah on 17. March, 2014

I’d love to win this book, Im doing all the flower arranging for my own wedding, and aim to use all homegrown and ethically sourced flowers. The book would be a great help in starting up my little wedding flower patch!

sally on 17. March, 2014

This book looks so inspiring I’d love to own it.

Janice Papworth on 18. March, 2014

I would love to win as I get great pleasure from flowers for myself and by giving flowers to other people

Rachiebabes on 18. March, 2014

Our daughter is marrying next year. This book is JUST the ticket and so timely for us to plan, sow and be able to grown her wedding flowers…which I am doing! Thank you for the opportunity. Great idea! Love Rachel x

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