Fall Garden Update – Late Season Dahlias and More!

If you've been following along with me on other social media, you already know that this season has definitely been a little bit of a roller coaster. Nearly nothing has gone according to plan, and as a result, my fall garden is a mess. Still, I wanted to quickly share some of the things I…

SAVING ZINNIA SEEDS: Everything You Wanted to Know

The process of saving your own zinnia seeds is incredibly simple. This year, I really wanted to focus on making some specific crosses in the hopes of creating my own hybrid. Let's take a look at how I saved zinnia seeds from the summer flower garden. The first thing I did was wait patiently until…

Another DIY Fresh Flower Wreath

Despite my lack of motivation to arrange flowers this season, I have managed to pick up a few new skills. After my first success with a fresh flower wreath, I decided to try making another - this time using gladiolus! I began the process exactly how I did when I created the fresh ranunculus wreath…

In a Vase: Gladiolus, Lisianthus, and Lilies

There's definitely a time in mid-summer when I feel as if all of the "fancy" flowers start blooming in the garden. Most of the summer flowering bulbs like gladiolus and lilies have a certain elegance about them that makes it a little bit difficult for me to use them in cut flower arrangements. I'm very…

‘Mystic Eyes’ Gladiolus: A Complete Surprise in the Garden

Imagine my confusion in the garden the 'Mystic Eyes' gladiolus first started blooming, lol. This is yet another variety that I didn't order, yet showed up as a surprise in place of something else. After several years of gardening, I've come to expect these mix-ups. In fact, I rather glad it happened this time around,…

In Bloom: ‘Amsterdam’ Gladiolus

So often, the white flowers in my garden go completely overlooked. It's not that I don't appreciate their usefulness, but it's always as if I'm more distracted by something brighter and more showy. Still, these 'Amsterdam' gladiolus managed to keep my attention this year while in bloom in the garden. 'Amsterdam' gladiolus are a lovely…

In Bloom: ‘Vedetta’ Gladiolus

'Vedetta' gladiolus were yet another of the "fancier" varieties that I selected to grow this season. According to the online listings that I found, the blooms were supposed to be a beautiful shade of peach yellow. Though the color wasn't exactly what I had expected, it was still quite lovely. The 'Vedetta' gladiolus were especially…

Dreamy, Peachy ‘Forte Rosa’ Gladiolus

Even though much of my focus this year had been about expanding the color palette in the yard, I still picked up quite a few of my favorite pastel peachy-pink varieties. One variety, called the 'Forte Rosa' gladiolus, has easily turned out to be one of my absolute favorites in bloom! Most photos of 'Forte…

In Bloom: Dark and Alluring ‘Zorro’ Oriental Lily

Yet another deeply saturated addition to the summer garden was the 'Zorro' lily. I was initially drawn to order the 'Zorro' lily for it's dark pink bloom and distinct white colored outline - it definitely did not disappoint! Since this was the first growing season for my lilies, the stems were very short. I anticipate…