Spring Blooming Bulb Update – Early April 2021

If you've been following along here on the blog, you already know that I was completely obsessed with planting flower bulbs last fall. Most of my investment was in the form of various varieties of Narcissus. Now that spring has finally arrived to my garden, the backyard seems to be absolutely bursting with color. Let's…

Growing Floret Ranunculus in the Little Cut Flower Garden

I've been growing ranunculus for years. In fact, it was one of the very first flowers that I wanted to grow after seeing pictures of the flowers in a seed catalog online. We've really come a long way in terms of corm availability since then. Last fall, I made a purchase from Floret of some…

Sowing Biennial Flower Seeds into Trays for the Cut Flower Garden

  When I talk about sowing biennial flowers, I will be the first to admit that I use the term "biennial" very loosely. In general, the term biennial should be used to refer to plants that take two seasons to grow and bloom. However, I tend to call things "biennial" when they may be truly…

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…

How to Grow Larkspur from Seed – Cut Flower Gardening for Beginners

Larkspur always have a special place in my garden. It's not that I have fond memories of them or anything - it's that they're one of the first hardy annual flowers that I was able to successfully grow. With their carefree habit, they're super easy to sow and to use as cut flowers. As always,…

In Bloom: Love-in-a-Mist Nigella – Cut Flower Gardening for Beginners

One of my absolute favorite parts about growing flowers is getting to try different varieties. Love in a mist, or nigella, flowers aren't a particular new addition to my cut flower garden. However, I did plant a couple new-to-me cultivars last fall. Check out some of the pictures I was able to take - These…

Larkspur and Feverfew Cut Flower Arrangement – Cut Flower Garden

Some days, I feel completely defeated when it comes to flower "farming". By the time summer finally arrives, it's a constant battle with the weeds and with the mosquitoes. Emphasis on the mosquitoes. When I headed out into the garden this particular day, I knew that I was in for a race against the rain.…

Growing Canterbury Bells Flowers from Seed – Cut Flower Garden

This year, one of my main goals was to grow as many new-to-me flowers as possible. Last year, I had accidentally grown one canterbury bells plant. So, I wanted to make sure to grow multiple (on purpose) this time around. Since these plants are biennial (blooming the second year), I began the process of seed…

Growing Sweet Peas from Seed – Cut Flower Garden

This definitely isn't the first time that I've found myself writing about sweet peas. In fact, the process of learning to best grow these beautiful flowers where I live has been quite the journey. Before we start, I should state that this post is about ornamental sweet peas. This kind is toxic. I always clarify…

Growing Annual Phlox; Another Try.

When it comes to gardening, and everything else, I can be pretty stubborn. I've tried growing annual phlox a couple times, and both times the results were disappointing. However, this year, I was much closer to success! Just as I had done in previous years, I used the winter sowing method to start the seeds.…