Pride, Arrogance, and Superiority in Flower Farming

So, I’ll be the first one to admit it – I never feel like I’ll be that “perfect” person. If you follow any other flower farmers (or a lot of bloggers) online, I think it is likely that you know what I mean. The photos are beautiful, the flowers are beautiful, their skin looks flawless in photos – everything is so carefully edited, curated, and crafted that it makes you hate yourself and want to quit. I’ve been there, a lot.

In addition to the artfully out of focus images, even the information is just vague enough to make you think that this person must surely be some kind of super amazing garden goddess or something. I’ll never be that.

You are no more or no less than any other person. The garden in my crappy backyard is just as beautiful as yours. Just because I find used heroin needles in my flower bed, doesn’t make you better than me. Those sunflowers behind the liquor store, those are mine – and they are one of the few things that inspire me to keep going. Don’t you dare tell me that I shouldn’t grow something because “these flowers aren’t for beginners”. The thing is – even if I fail a million times, I’ll try again. There isn’t another option.

At the end of the day – we’re all just sticking plants into the ground. It’s not exactly rocket science.

5 thoughts on “Pride, Arrogance, and Superiority in Flower Farming

  1. I’ve been around blogging and social media for years and years. I remember the Pioneer Woman when she was just another homeschool mom on the homeschool forums. The people who have those fabulous websites have money and a staff to do things for them. Don’t try to compare yourself to someone who has all of that.

    I found you on YouTube and was inspired by you to come over and read your blog. Your flowers are lovely. You are an inspiration. Don’t quit and don’t get discouraged. I live in Zone 7B/8 and want to try growing flowers over the winter, too. So many of the “famous” flower gardeners are in the west and your site/vlog helps me to see what works well in the southeast. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement. Sometimes we can judge ourselves so harshly. Thanks so much for checking out the blog. Here’s hoping we all have beautiful gardens this year! 🙂

  2. Began following you on YouTube about a year ago and have learned so much about gardening from you. I live in zone 7A and am in my 2nd year of having a small flower farm, hoping to expand to year round. Was worried about not having a greenhouse but now am just winter sowing all my seeds.

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