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  • 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…

  • Simple Annual Flower Arrangement from the Garden – Cut Flowers

    Every once and a while, I’ll make a cut flower arrangement that I really like. While most of my favorites feature “fancier” flowers like peonies or ranunculus, this one is different. I really enjoyed making this vase of flowers because of the simplicity. Not only does this one turn out it be beautiful, but it features easy to grow annual flowers that are a breeze for beginners. In fact, every single flower in the arrangement can be direct sown from seed after all chance of frost has passed. Awesome! I planted these bedding marigolds in the spring using the winter sowing method. The germination rate was absolutely amazing, and I…

  • The ‘Hot Mess Express’ Flower Arrangement – Cut Flower Garden

    In general, I try really hard to post consistently here on the blog and over on YouTube. After all, building some kind of online persona isn’t easy. Well actually, it may come really naturally for some people – but, not me. I’m scatter-brained and socially awkward. Some days, I definitely feel the stress when I know that I need to make more content. This particular day, it really seemed like I had a lot going against me. Most notably, it was hot. Like, really hot. Unfortunately, as I picked the flowers for this cut flower arrangement, most of them wilted almost immediately. Here’s hoping that I’ll have better luck next…

  • Harvesting New Potatoes from the Garden

    Attempting to grow potatoes is another one of those “frustrations” for me in the garden. Every year, I decide that I want to grow them, and every year I know that I shouldn’t. Foremost, I don’t have enough space. I also don’t have enough patience.   Each March, I start planting with such great expectations. The truth is, however, that by the time late July comes – I’m ready to eat. In addition to being extremely hungry for a harvest from the garden, July is also a very valuable time with it comes to rearranging plantings and to starting hardy annual and biennial flowers which will bloom in the cut…

  • Cup and Saucer Vine Catches Flies? – Cut Flower Garden

    For the first time, I’ve been really successful with cup and saucer vine (cathedral bells vine). The germination was great, and the plants climbed easily up my fence with practically no assistance from me. In fact, the tendrils are actually really cool. Though tiny, they seem to act more like little suction cups that will adhere to any textured surface.   At the beginning of the season, the vine quickly reached the top of the fence. I was happy to see this, as I was hoping that it would continue to sprawl and cover it completely. On the other side of my fence is where I keep my nasty, gross…

  • Harvesting Onions from the Garden

    When it comes to growing onions, I can confidently say that I am a failure. I’ve tried so many times, yet I always manage to come up with less than ideal results. I see people in the Pacific northwest grow enormous onions. Maybe my weather here in the south is just too hot? I’ve heard that you really need to feed these plants A LOT of nitrogen. Maybe I’m simply not adding enough throughout the growing season.   Before you leave a comment about day length, don’t worry. I’m definitely planting the right types of onions for my growing zone. It’s just regardless of the method I choose – onion…