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  • Lasagna Planting Fall Flower Bulbs in Containers // Forcing Flower Bulbs

    My grandma loves getting flowers. In fact, that was one of the main reasons I decided to try my hand at lasagna planting and forcing flower bulbs this winter. In the past, I’ve forced some hyacinths and tulips, but I wasn’t too invested in learning more about the process. This year, I’ll be trying to pot up several different types of flowering bulbs for blooms this winter. First, I needed to find a pot that was big enough to accommodate the flower bulbs. This 3 gallon pot was the perfect size. I’m so glad that I saved it to use later after transplanting the hydrangea bushes that I bought. Ideally,…

  • Pre-Sprouting Ranunculus and Anemone Corms for the Spring Flower Garden

    Ranunculus corms have arrived! To say that I’m excited may possibly be one of the biggest understatements of the century. This year, I was able to purchase some really beautiful varieties of both ranunculus and anemones. I was so thankful to have been able to place an order from Italian Ranunculus with the help of some flower farming friends. I also ended up buying a bunch of “traditional” colors from retailers online. Here in my garden, it is imperative that I start both ranunculus and anemone corms in the fall and let them overwinter. If I plant them in the spring, my summer temperatures simply get much too hot too…

  • Trench Planting Tulip and Daffodil Bulbs

    Now that October has arrived, that means that our fall bulb orders have also started to show up at the front door! Spring flowers are hands-down my favorite flowers. From ranunculus to tulips, I just can’t get enough of these beautiful blooms. I think a lot of it has to do with my dislike for the cold winter weather. When the flowers finally start to open up in the spring, I’m able to feel like I’m truly alive again. Anyway, I was able to order quite a few tulips this year thanks to everyone who reads this blog and watches the YouTube channel. So, thank you. I really mean that.…

  • Direct Sowing Flower Seeds in Fall for the Spring Cut Flower Garden

    One of the most common questions that I get about sowing hardy annuals in the fall directly relates to figuring our which plants should be started by direct sowing and which ones should be started in seed trays and then transplanted into the hoop house or into the ground. If I’m being honest, I don’t have an exact answer. While some flowers are happy being started in any ol’ method – others are very specific. The best I can really do is share what I’m doing here in my own yard, and hopefully it will be helpful.  New to me this year is ‘Mountain Garland’ Clarkia. I’ve grown godetia in…

  • Direct Sowing Sweet Peas into the Fall Garden

    When I first starting growing flowers, sweet peas were high up on the list of things that I wanted to grow. I couldn’t help it really, there was so much hype surrounding them. I had heard that they had an enchanting fragrance, and of course, the actual blooms looked so feminine and delicate – two things which I certainly am not. Regardless, I had done enough research to know that they wouldn’t be happy trying to grow and bloom in my hot climate during the summer. The solution was to get a jump start on the season as soon as possible. I had marginal success with the winter sowing method,…

  • Preparing Fall Garden Beds for Spring Flowers – Planting Hardy Annual Flowers

    Preparing the garden for planting is easily one of my least favorite garden tasks. Seriously, it’s a toss up with weeding. Right now, there’s no word that I can use to describe my yard other than a “mess”. Seriously, just look at this picture. The hoop house looks as if it’s totally falling apart. On the left, you can see my small weedy patch of lettuces and carrots – which are actually growing really well, I might add. I always want to be honest with you guys, too. There’s a 99% chance that I’ll be taping the hoop house together with some really strong duct tape in hopes of getting…

  • Seed Starting Tips: Soaking and Stratification for Better Flower Seed Germination

    It’s nearly October, and that means one very important thing – it’s time to begin preparing for the spring garden. While I know it seems somewhat odd to start preparations this soon, it’s actual crucial in terms of creating the best garden possible. After all, now is the time to start planting fall flowering bulbs, planting biennial flowers, and sowing hardy annual flowers. Many hardy annual and biennial flowers are unique in their ability to grow well during the coolest portions of the growing season. This is especially surprising here in zone 6b/7. I feel that my garden receives fairly cold temperatures in the winter, so I’m always surprised to…

  • Dark Dahlia Flower Arrangement – Cut Flower Garden

    When it comes to growing dahlias, I am the absolute definition of “beginner”. They don’t seem to like my weather very much, and I definitely neglect them. Sometimes I completely forget to water them for weeks at a time. Despite my neglect, I am always so incredibly thankful when some of the plants come into bloom. Here’s a closer look at recent bouquet that I was able to collect from the cut flower garden. Unlike the dahlias, the ageratums really love the conditions in my yard. These are either ‘Red Flint’ or ‘Red Sea’ ageratums. I honestly can’t remember which cultivar I ordered this year. Regardless, I love the rich…

  • Sowing Biennial Flower Seeds into Trays for the Cut Flower Garden

      When I talk about sowing biennial flowers, I will be the first to admit that I use the term “biennial” very loosely. In general, the term biennial should be used to refer to plants that take two seasons to grow and bloom. However, I tend to call things “biennial” when they may be truly perennial. Either way, of all the seeds I’m planting into trays today – I treat them the same. I sow the seeds around the middle of August, then transplant them into the garden around the first week of October. They then overwinter and bloom the following year. I wish I could be more helpful in…