“Kitchen Sink” Flower Arrangements from the Cutting Garden

With such a small backyard, it isn't exactly a secret that I sometimes have trouble finding blooms which "go together". In most cases, this usually results in my taking everything which is currently in bloom and adding them to a vase. Today's arrangements are a perfect example of this. Let's take a closer look at…

Salmon Grace Godetia: First Time Success in the Cut Flower Garden

I've been trying to successfully grow godetia for the past few growing seasons. Though it's technically a hardy annual, it has proved itself to be exceptionally challenging to plant here in my backyard. I have sown godetia, or clarkia, seeds in both the spring and the fall. Initially, I was very hopeful about overwintering it…

Direct Sowing Flower Seeds in Fall for the Spring Cut Flower Garden

One of the most common questions that I get about sowing hardy annuals in the fall directly relates to figuring our which plants should be started by direct sowing and which ones should be started in seed trays and then transplanted into the hoop house or into the ground. If I'm being honest, I don't…

Winter Sowing Godetia Farewell to Spring Flowers in Zone 6/7

I first began winter sowing godetia last season, when I purchased the seeds on a whim. With the dreamy shades of pink, white, and salmon; I just couldn't resist myself. It seems like that happens a lot when it comes to browsing seed catalogs. You would think that someone who doesn't have any growing space…