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  • In Bloom: Ornamental Sweet Peas in the Cut Flower Garden

    A few short years ago, I attempted to join a Facebook group specifically for cut flower farmers. After submitting a request to join, the response I received was that they group was only for “real” flower farmers. From that day forward, I decided that I would never call myself a farmer – I’d rather just be a gardener. And even if I have 300 acres one of these days, I sincerely hope that someone from this blog will remind me that a farm is nothing more than a big ol’ garden. Some days, I feel like that woman was right. To start this whole flower adventure, I went on eBay…

  • In Bloom: Love-in-a-Mist Nigella – Cut Flower Gardening for Beginners

    One of my absolute favorite parts about growing flowers is getting to try different varieties. Love in a mist, or nigella, flowers aren’t a particular new addition to my cut flower garden. However, I did plant a couple new-to-me cultivars last fall. Check out some of the pictures I was able to take – These white flowers with the bluish streaks are the variety called ‘Delft Blue’. Delft blue nigella is one of the first varieties that I ever grew. I love how unique their patterns are. I also really like actual structure of the flower. As these flowers get older and older, they begin to develop some pretty gnarly…

  • Larkspur and Feverfew Cut Flower Arrangement – Cut Flower Garden

    Some days, I feel completely defeated when it comes to flower “farming”. By the time summer finally arrives, it’s a constant battle with the weeds and with the mosquitoes. Emphasis on the mosquitoes. When I headed out into the garden this particular day, I knew that I was in for a race against the rain. Unfortunately, the rain started pouring almost as soon as I snipped the first flower stem.  This arrangement started with a base of double feverfew flowers. These are seriously so easy to grow. Their spray growth habit make them a really great choice for quickly filling up a vase, too. I always look forward to these…

  • Sweet Pea and Feverfew Cut Flower Arrangement

    One of my absolute favorite parts of growing a cut flower garden is picking them! Today is definitely no exception, as the sweet peas are in full bloom. I couldn’t resist picking a large vase filled with these fragrant blooms before a thunderstorm rolled in. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? I grew several types of sweet pea this year. This lovely blue/lavender color is elegance lavender. These seedlings overwintered in the unheated hoophouse super easily and grew on to be almost 5 feet tall. I’m so glad that I’ve finally gotten better results in growing sweet peas. In this bouquet, I’m also using ‘Delft blue’ nigella or love…

  • Growing Canterbury Bells Flowers from Seed – Cut Flower Garden

    This year, one of my main goals was to grow as many new-to-me flowers as possible. Last year, I had accidentally grown one canterbury bells plant. So, I wanted to make sure to grow multiple (on purpose) this time around. Since these plants are biennial (blooming the second year), I began the process of seed sowing around the end of September. Here in Kentucky, zone 6b/7, these plants will overwinter without issue or protection. Sowing the seeds is also a simple process. All I did to start the seeds was fill a seed tray with moist potting mix. I then surface sowed the seeds and left them in a warm…

  • Growing Sweet Peas from Seed – Cut Flower Garden

    This definitely isn’t the first time that I’ve found myself writing about sweet peas. In fact, the process of learning to best grow these beautiful flowers where I live has been quite the journey. Before we start, I should state that this post is about ornamental sweet peas. This kind is toxic. I always clarify this since there can definitely be confusion where I live. My sweet pea growing journey began last fall, around the end of September. Here in Kentucky (zone 6b/7), sweet peas can be planted in the fall and over wintered for healthy spring blooms. Though growing these plants under cover is the best option, I have…

  • Annual Phlox and Snapdragon Cut Flower Arrangement

    When it comes to arranging flowers, I sometimes get caught up in the fact that I seem to think that vases must be bursting with flowers at all times. However, the phrase “less is more” can definitely apply in the cut flower garden. Even when available flowers are scarce, it is still possible to get creative and to make something that is absolutely gorgeous. With the annual phlox in bloom, I definitely wanted to take the time to create something specifically suited to their colors. Unfortunately, that meant that there was also very little selection in terms of flowers. With the help of some foliage like cress and wheat, I…

  • Growing Annual Phlox; Another Try.

    When it comes to gardening, and everything else, I can be pretty stubborn. I’ve tried growing annual phlox a couple times, and both times the results were disappointing. However, this year, I was much closer to success! Just as I had done in previous years, I used the winter sowing method to start the seeds. After getting great germination, I transplanted them into the garden as soon as the soil could be worked. Since our winter was a little drier than normal, I was able to put the plants out around the middle of March. This allowed for plenty of time for the plants to become established in the cool…

  • Canterbury Bell Cut Flower Arrangement – Cut Flower Garden

    With many of the hardy annual flowers starting to finish up blooming, I’m continually surprised by how many bright pink flowers that I planted into the yard last fall. I think I may have been worried about the garden “matching”, because I went all-out for the pinks. The canterbury bells are no exception to my “pink flowers only” rule, as they have now started to show. There’s a very subtle difference in the pink color of the chantilly snapdragons and the canterbury bells. The bells are definitely a couple shades darker, which I think, makes for a really nice contrast in the flower arrangements. For this one, I decided that…