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  • 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…

  • In Bloom: Voyage 2 Pink Lisianthus in the Cut Flower Garden

    Voyage 2 Pink lisianthus are yet another new-to-me flower that I grew this year. Now that they’re in full bloom, I wanted to take the opportunity  to  show  you! These pink lisianthus look so absolutely dreamy blooming in the garden. Though many people grow these beauties in a tunnel, mine have just been grown out in the open in my yard. As it turns out, this worked really well! Aside from the unbelievable pressure from the weeds, I’ve really enjoyed growing lisianthus successfully. Voyage 2 Pink start really pale pink in color and slowly develop a deeper color as time passes. The ruffled appearance of Voyage 2 has quickly become…

  • In Bloom: Voyage 2 Light Apricot Lisianthus in the Cut Flower Garden

    Growing lisianthus has always been a major source of frustration for me. But this year, I was finally able to make some progress in a good direction. This year, I grew two types of lisianthus in the Voyage 2 series. This Voyage 2 Light Apricot is especially beautiful. Though each of the flowers is the same general shade of apricot, they do vary quite a bit. I was really surprised to see that these flowers have some rather unique color splashing. The petals almost have a purple/brown water soaked appearance. It’s very obvious up close, but definitely creates some very lovely dimension when seen from a distance. I always have…

  • Growing Zinderella Zinnias in the Cut Flower Garden

    It’s not exactly a secret that I love to grow zinnias. They’re easy to plant, and even easier to grow. They’ll bloom without abandon until the first frost finally brings them to an end. Of all the different zinnias that I’ve grown, Zinderella zinnias are one of the most frustrating. The process of growing them is the same as growing other cultivars, but I’ve definitely found that the results can vary drastically.  Zinderella zinnias are different because of their scabiosa type flowers. Rather than having the shape of regular zinnias, the petals tend to mound up in a big pile of ruffles. These look so amazing in cut flower arrangements,…

  • Summer Lisianthus Cut Flower Arrangement from the Cut Flower Garden

    The lisianthus plants have finally started to bloom – and they’re gorgeous. Let’s face it, I don’t have the best record when it comes to growing lisianthus. This year, however, it appears that I have finally succeeded. To celebrate, I thought I would make a cut flower arrangement using the first blooms. The lisianthus that I’m growing this year are from the voyager series. Below are the Voyager pink lisianthus. I bought these plants to grow from plugs after failing miserably to start the seeds. Maybe one of these days I’ll develop the needed skills for success – but not this year! Voyager pink starts out as a really nice…

  • Dahlia + Amaranth Cut Flower Arrangement from the Cut Flower Garden

    By the time mid summer rolls around there’s always a lot going on in the garden. It’s hot, the mosquitoes are terrible, and the grass is usually knee high. It’s not that I don’t want the garden to look nice, it’s just that the conditions can feel absolutely miserable any time that you’re trying to get things done. This is yet another one of our flower arrangements that was made on an extremely hot and humid day. My main motivation for making this cut flower arrangement was the dahlias that were in bloom. Dahlias are very limited in my garden because of space. However, these Bracken Palomino dahlias were just…

  • In Bloom: ‘Benary’s Giant Lilac’ Zinnias in the Cut Flower Garden

    One of the more disappointing aspects of not having a legitimate flower farm is that I never seem to have enough space. While, I’m extremely thankful for the space that I do have – I just wish that I had a little more. This is especially true when the time comes to plan which varieties of zinnias that I’ll grow in the garden. Most of the varieties of zinnia that I grew this year were in shade of purple. One of my favorites were the Benary’s Giant Lilac that I started from seed and then transplanted into the yard. I usually consider lilac to be more of a lighter shade,…

  • How to Grow Zinnias from Seed

    Zinnias are one of my absolute favorite flowers in the cut flower garden. When it comes to how to grow zinnias from seed, it’s pretty easy. Here in my yard, the zinnia flowers love my hot and humid weather. It’s not uncommon for them to reach heights of 6ft, and to stretch taller than my privacy fence. If you’re attempting to grow zinnias for the first time, you have a couple choices regarding when and how to start the seeds. The easiest way to start zinnias from seed is to direct sow them into the garden bed. First, you’ll need to wait until all chance of frost has passed. Amend…