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  • FEDCO Moose Tubers Potato Haul!

    So, I admit. I hadn’t originally planned on making another potato related post this year, but when my order from Fedco came – I couldn’t resist. I love growing potatoes. “Moose tubers” is a section of the Fedco website that is specifically for things like potatoes and onions. Having never order from there before, I was a little hesitant. However, I’ve had nothing but great results from all the other Fedco seeds, so I knew it wasn’t too risky. To say that I’m pleased, would be an understatement. I’ve ordered potatoes from plenty of places in the past. Usually the potatoes that arrive are on the verge of rot and…

  • Stonehouse Dahlia Cuttings Review and Haul

    Another day, and that means another package in the mail. Seriously, I’ve literally heard my mail man complaining about how many garden related packages I had delivered. Sorry! I just can’t help it. Today, my box from Stonehouse dahlia cuttings came. Like many dahlia suppliers that I ordered from this year, this was a first. Stonehouse is distinctly unique in that I’ve never seen anyone sell the actual plant cuttings rather than the dahlia tuber. Upon opening the box, I found that each cutting was nestled into a cute little plastic container. While I wish there wasn’t so much plastic used in the shipping process, everything arrived safely and I…

  • First Bouquet of the Season! Hyacinths and English Daisies!

    I feel like it has been so long since I’ve made a bouquet using flowers that are fresh from the garden. Today, we’re back in the swing of things with the first official bouquet of the 2019 season. I’m definitely out of practice. With the combination of limited flowers blooming and limited colors, I’m not so sure that this little jar of flowers turned out so great. However, the scent was absolutely enchanting. The hyacinth flowers were an impulse buy that I made last fall and were simply labeled as “Shade of Pink”. As it would turn out, the actually shades of pink were very limited to the one color…

  • King’s Mums Chrysanthemum Haul and Review

    This post is definitely not really a review, rather, it’s me ranting about how much I love growing chrysanthemums. If you’ve been following the blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I absolutely love these things. After all, they’re tolerant to the cold and remain in bloom long after most of the other flowers have stopped producing. This year, I once again made an order from King’s Mums. King’s is a great supplier of cuttings for larger florist mums that make absolutely stunning cut flowers. As always, the cuttings were bright green and healthy. I’ve never been disappointed. After unpacking the box, I grabbed some plastic cups and…

  • April Week 2: Cut Flower Garden Tour

    Things are progressing quite nicely in the cut flower garden! I am so pleasantly surprised to see that many of the hardy annual plants that we sowed last fall have started to stretch – and in some cases, bloom. Let’s take a quick look at what’s growing, shall we? Taking a quick look down the unheated hoop house, things have really started to grow. I’ll admit, I certainly haven’t done the best job in keeping the rows weed free. Between the cold weather and working, I just never got around to weeding. I’m so glad that I had used the black landscape fabric. The ranunculus have finally started to bloom.…

  • Goldenrod Gardens Dahlia Review and Haul

    The first dahlia tubers of the growing season have arrived, and to say that I’m excited is an extreme understatement.  At the end of last year, I made my first ever order to Goldenrod Gardens. They offer an insane selection of really beautiful dahlia tubers. Unfortunately, I missed launch day for their dahlia sale and was only able to grab couple items that I really wanted to try this year. This year I decided to order dahlia tubers exclusively from independent owners and shops. Supporting small businesses is really important. Additionally, I can only assume that most people who sell tubers love to grow dahlias as much as I do.…

  • April Cut Flower Garden Update

    April is here, and it finally feels like spring. Let’s take a quick look at the April cut flower garden progress! The tulips are finally starting to gain some growth. This year a planted a large selection of parrot and double tulips. I’m really eager to see their color and make some really nice flower bouquets with them. Tulips make such a bold statement without much effort from me. I just wish that they weren’t so expensive! A lot of the spring flowering bulbs have finally started to bloom. Most notably, the cute little muscari plants have started to bloom. Though there is some variation when it comes to muscari,…

  • Transplanting Lettuce into the Vegetable Garden

    Transplanting lettuce is always one of my favorite garden activities. It’s not that I particularly love to eat lettuce, but rather, it’s always among the very first crops that I begin to transplant into the yard. In early spring, I can’t begin to explain how eager I am to get my hands into the dirt! I started winter sowing the lettuce in the beginning of February. As you can see by the tray, I had a little bit of uneven germination for some reason. However, there were still more than enough lettuce seedlings that were ready to transplant into their final places in the garden. I’m always so happy with…

  • Transplanting Onion and Leek Plants from Dixondale Farms

    It’s time for transplanting onion and leek plants! I absolutely love onions and leeks. However, my record in growing said onions and leeks isn’t exactly the best. As a beginner gardener, my luck growing these crops was terrible. Everything I read had told me that I should grow onions from sets in the spring. Automatically, I assumed that this was the best course of action. A few years went by, and the results of my onion plantings was absolutely pathetic. Once I discovered the winter sowing method, things started to shift in a much better direction. The first year that I winter sowed intermediate onions for my garden was also…

  • Dwarf Dutch Iris Blooming in the Garden

    Last fall, I decided that I really wanted to focus on introducing a wide range of spring flowering bulbs into my yard. In purchasing these bulbs, I specifically wanted to buy types that I knew would naturalize and multiply. In this, one bulb that I decided to plant was the ‘Harmony’ variety of dwarf dutch iris.   Unlike their taller counterparts, dwarf dutch iris plants bloom extremely early – usually in late winter. For me, these dwarf dutch iris are the very first bulbs to bloom once the weather has warmed up some – they even beat the crocus! I’m so excited to see flowers outside of the hoop house…