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  • In Bloom: Light Pink Chantilly Snapdragons

    This is my fourth season trying to successfully grow snapdragons. So, in the fall (when I was planting), I really wanted to focus on making these blooms grow! I chose the light pink chantilly snapdragons to grow on in the unheatead hoop house – and I couldn’t be more pleased. Between their lovely pastel color and open faced habit, I have seriously loved using these in cut flower arrangements. So far, I received nothing but compliments on these – with the exception of my dad. Then again, he’s always got an opinion that’s a little outlandish! LOL! Advertisements Advertisements

  • Growing Pansies from Seed – Cut Flower Garden

    For many, small bedding flowers like pansies, johnny jump ups, and violas are a must have to for annual flower beds. Surprisingly, they also look great in the cut flower patch and in small vases. With a little knowledge, growing pansies from seed is insanely easy. The first thing we’ll need to do is to decide when to plant the seeds. In general, pansies enjoy growing in cool weather. That means some growers will be able to plant them in the fall, while others may need to wait until spring. Here in zone 6b/7, I plant mine in the fall. The small pansy seedlings will remain green throughout my winter,…

  • Mid-Season Check-In

    The season is well underway, and it has certainly been a wild ride. Though this is being posted at the end of June, it’s actually mid-March as I write this. I think this gives you some kind of better idea regarding how diligently I’ve been working to keep the blog and the YouTube channel updated. I’ve been so dedicated to trying to make social media a valid option when it comes to making money. Let’s face it though, it’s rare that an upload ever sees more than 100-200 views. It would be naive to say that I haven’t thought about just giving up. April was one of the worst months…

  • Chantilly Snapdragon and Rose Flower Arrangement

    The cut flower patch is in full bloom, and that means we’ve been making lots and lots of vases – and donating flowers, of course! Let’s take a quick look at the arrangement that I was able to make today. The pink chantilly snapdragons are so pretty. This is the first time I’ve been able to grow them successfully, and it has seriously made me so excited to grow many more different varieties. I also picked a bunch of the David Austin roses. Unfortunately, the stems aren’t very long. Maybe as the bushes get a little bigger, the stems will be a lot longer. Lady of Shalott (left) and Queen…

  • In Bloom: ‘Milas Mix’ Agrostemma

    Agrostemma is one of my favorite hardy annual flowers for the cut flower garden. Even though they are considered weeds in many places, they behave themselves quite well when planted in my yard. Before planting, always make sure you’re reaching your growing area – just in case. Also, it should be mentioned that these flowers are toxic. As in previous years, I grew the ‘Milas Mix’. I was able to get the seeds from Baker Creek, though last time I checked their website they were no longer being offered. Either way, the flowers within this mix come in a range of a darker pink/purple, light purple (the most common), and…

  • In Bloom: White Ranunculus Flowers

    I know that it is not exactly a secret, but I absolutely love growing ranunculus. In fact, they may be my favorite flower. I love how luxurious the blooms look. They make me feel like I’m fancy, even though I am the exact opposite of that. White ranunculus were the only corms that I grew this year. When planning the garden, I was on a tight budget in terms of both money and space. I chose white because I knew that they would “match” whatever else I managed to grow. The plan worked really well, as I’ve been able to make many lovely flower arrangements this spring. I planted these…

  • Growing Icelandic Poppies for the First Time – Cut Flower Garden

    This year was a first for a lot of flowers in my yard. In that, this was the first time that I was finally able to successfully grow Icelandic poppies. In the past, I had attempted to grow them from seed. As it would turn out, those seeds were not prime and completely failed to germinate. This growing season, I decided that I would play it safe and order a plug tray full of seedlings. I chose the ‘Hummingbird Mix’ Icelandic poppies.  I transplanted the poppies into my unheated hoophouse at the end of October. Ideally, I would have liked to do it a little sooner, but we had a…

  • Pink Chantilly Snapdragon and Ranunculus Cut Flower Arrangement

    I knew it was coming, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel disappointed. The ranunculus flowers have finished blooming. With the early hot weather this season, this flower vase marked the last of the usable ranunculus stems. Oh well, hopefully we’ll have plenty more gorgeous flower blooms to harvest from the yard into the summer. Check out these pink chantilly snapdragons! This is the first time that I finally grew snaps successfully – and they’re gorgeous. This pink color is so soft, feminine, and cute. I’m so excited! Here’s a closer look at the ranunculus and chantilly snaps. Even though I only planted white ranunculus this year, I’ve really…

  • Agrostemma and Ranunclus Spring Cut Flower Arrangement

    When it comes to making flower arrangements with the cut flowers in my garden, I’m very much a novice. I have absolutely no floral training, and I’ve never really made bouquets aside from family and for friends. So, when new-to-me flowers are in bloom – it’s the perfect opportunity to try to learn more about putting them into cut flower arrangements. For this arrangement, I wanted to start out with some base flowers of alyssum and mint. The main reason I chose the alyssum is because of its beautiful, sweet smell. The mint also adds a really nice hint of green. The next flower that I wanted to use was…

  • Harvest Fresh Chamomile from the Garden

    Time to harvest chamomile is one of my favorite times in the garden. Each fall, I plant a rather large patch. In the spring, the plants grow rapidly and reward me with a profusion of delicate blooms. The apple scented blooms can then be harvested and used. Here’s a quick look at the beginning of this year’s harvest. In general, I like to wait until the flowers have opened completely. The best quality comes from fresh blooms. I usually don’t bother picking the flowers that have started to form a “cone” shaped seed head. Flowers with petals that have started to hang down towards the ground aren’t the best either.…