Out with the old, in with the new.

Hi! I’m Tonya. I’m the one-woman show behind all things ‘Tonya, with the flowers’ (formerly ‘FRESHCUTKY’.) In 2010, I planted my very first seed. Having grown up in the city, I had never set foot in a garden. That season, I watched as a single pumpkin plant struggled to survive. Little did I know that one amazing little pumpkin would give way into an intense passion for sustainability, growing my own food, and cut flower production. Though I’m not a “professional,” this blog chronicles my journey towards the goal of owning my own farm and fostering my love of all things flowery.

The garden is a 100% donation garden. This means that every flower grown is given to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and other organizations. Thanks to the tremendous support from our YouTube community, patrons, and subscribers; I am able to continue these efforts. You are appreciated so, so much.

Spring of 2023 will mark my tenth growing season, and very first year in my new garden, located in growing zone 6b/7a – Nashville, TN.

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    1. I too am in KY. Iā€™m interested in growing Dahlias again this year. I raise honeybees as well. I had horrible bug issues last year with potted Dahlias, aphids and powdery mildew. Are there companion plants i can plant with Dahlia to help.? Is there anything i can put in soil when planting to help prevent. Thank you

      1. You are such an inspiration to me..I had the idea to grow a huge flower garden in mountains in southern NY on PA border..wonderful tall flowers grow there…i love the “hoop house”

  1. Oh Sweet Heaven, I followed through from your like on sultanabun and my first sight of your blog literally took my breath away. Stunning!! The poor, sodden and neglected flowers outside my window are peering through the glass and wishing you might adopt them.

  2. After your visit to Minkyweasel World and your liking my post I came over to see your site. It is great! I love your photos and have been reading some of your articles with interest. Now it isn’t often I bookmark sites about gardening but I have bookmarked yours. Thanks for your visit

    Shirley Anne x

  3. I think I am in love. Your blog looks amazing. Love the pictures. You’ve given me lots of inspiration for my flower patch. I had recently decided to grow dahlias but feeling a bit daunted by them. I may have to pick your brain!
    Thanks for stopping by Home Grown Heaven.

    1. Thanks so much! Dahlias are definitely worth it, I think – just make sure your pinch them early on so that you’ll get plenty of branches full of buds!

  4. I always have a fascination for flowers… Ive written so much about them.. I always make it a point to incorporate them in my poems and prose. šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚
    I’m loving the beautiful pictures and everything here.
    Keep it fresh and fragrant!! šŸ˜‰

  5. Hi, thank you so much for the ‘like’ on my Roasted Butternut and Brown Lentil Curry recipe, which has led me to your amazing blog ! Wow, your photo’s are beautiful. I look forward to seeing more. Take Care and have a great day.

  6. Hi. What an awesome site you have! I love it and flowers . Your blog page is beautiful. I am new at this only a month or so. I do so appreciate the like. How do u get people to comment? I have a comment button but no one ever does. I plan to be a fequently flyer on your site. I also have a companion site called georgiogiovanni.wordpess.com. Alot of good stuff on there. I’m trying to do both sites and it’s very time consuming so I know how much work you’ve put into yours. Much success to you ! Have a blessed day.

    1. Thanks so much! The wonderful thing about blogging is that it’s a community filled with supportive and knowledgeable people. I’d say participation is key! It’s always great to read the thoughts of others!

  7. When you write about small / urban gardens, it might be helpful to let your readers know about an
    Android app called Sun & Shade Analyzer which will tell you exactly how much sun/shade you have at any spot in your garden.

  8. I really enjoy your You Tube videos, and this blog. I’m wondering: how do you handle your donation bouquets? Do you use vases, paper sleeves? Do people donate vases, etc? Do nursing homes accept glass vases? Would you just do a blog post or video (or both) on how you actually “package” your bouquets for gifting and how you find “needy” people. Do you do all the deliveries yourself or have friends that help deliver? Thanks in advance.

  9. You wrote about winter sowing marigolds in March. I can not find out what Hardiness zone that you are in.

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