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…

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…

Winter Sowing Chickpeas in Zone 6/7

For me, one of the main reasons for growing a garden is to focus on the things that I love to eat. Winter sowing chickpeas is a great way to ensure that I'm able to do exactly that. While I don't have the healthiest eating habits, I absolutely love chickpeas in any form. From stews…

How to Grow Annual Bachelor’s Buttons (Cornflower) in Zone 6/7

Hi Lovelies, I'm back with some more growing notes! As always please leave your experiences in the comments below! Every garden is different, therefore, every gardener will have a different experience. The best thing that we can do is try to learn from each other! I love to hear about your gardens! Today, we'll take…

Let’s Plant Some Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)and See What Happens!

Hi Lovelies, First and foremost, let's be clear, we're talking ornamental sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus). NOTĀ edible "sweet" peas,as they are sometimes called by veggie loving gardeners. These, in fact, are toxic. So, don't eat them. Okay? K, thanx. Sweet peas and I have a complicated relationship. I love them, but any time I think I've…

Growing ‘Gay Princess’ Dahlia

Hi Lovelies, Well, it's day four of Blog-tober and we're still going strong - though admittedly, I may or may not be extremely worried about running out of ideas within the next week. Today we'll be taking a look at another dahlia that I grew this season. In an effort to keep these reviews completely…

Growing Bright Lights Cosmos

Hi Lovelies, Okay, brace yourselves. You're probably not going to believe this, but today's tale is absolutely a love story. That's right, folks! I've completely fallen head over heels for 'bright lights' cosmos. I discovered cosmos about six years ago, by accident. At the time, I was working at an elementary school. It was teacher…

Seed Saving – Bachelor’s Buttons

Hi Lovelies, Today's post was definitely one of those spur of the moment, random ideas that I get. I started seed saving back when I started growing veggies. In fact, seed saving is important for many reasons - but alas, I'll save that for another day. I was walking through the garden today when I…

Growing Procut Gold Sunflowers

Hi Lovelies, I can't even begin to tell you how busy I felt today. It's not that there were necessarily many items on my to-do list, in fact, the list consisted of one thing - harvest sunflowers. Harvest, I indeed did! Since discussing sunflowers has managed to turn into a series of sorts, I figured…

Growing Pro Cut Brilliance Sunflowers

Hi Lovelies, So, I won't lie - I'm starting to really enjoy writing these posts, and somehow they've managed to morph into reviews. I personally like the direction that I've taken because I know I like to extensively investigate anything that I plan to grow, and one aspect of that is seeing what other gardeners…