“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…

What’s Next? In Bloom Right Now –

As the garden continues to change, I quickly wanted to update everyone regarding which blooms we'll begin to see more of next. As most of you know, my growing space is extremely small. This means that many of the hardy annual flowers have already been removed in order to make room for summer blooming flowers.…

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…

March Unheated Hoop House Update – Cut Flower Garden

It's March - Unheated hoop house is finally coming to life! As I've already mentioned, it's been cooler than normal here. That means that the progress in the hoop house is a little behind. Honestly, some of the plants look really bad. Nevertheless, I'm cautiously optimistic. Thanks for reading!

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…

Mid February Hoop House Update – Growing Hardy Annual Flowers from Seed

After quite a bit of cold weather, the mid February hoop house is looking a little rough. The plants have been covered with row cover for about two weeks straight, and are definitely starting to show signs of stress. Luckily, the weather is set to climb out of the teens and twenties. I'm really looking…

The Beginning of the Winter Sowing Season

It's that time again - time to start thinking about winter sowing! Hooray! I'm so excited! In the past, I've only winter sowed using milk jugs and other containers. Last year, I ended up with well over 200 bottles sitting in the backyard - it was a complete mess! This year, I've decided to try…

Flower Seedlings in the Hoophouse – Ready for Winter – Cut Flower Farm

  Luckily, I was finally able to finish planting the hardy annual cut flower seedlings into the hoophouse. Though most of these flowers are annuals, I did include some biennial flowers under cover, as well. Here's hoping for a beautiful spring and summer.

Planting Hardy Annual Flowers from Seed into the Hoop House – Progress – Cut Flower Farm

I feel like I've been saying it for months now, but I'm so far behind. In a perfect world, the hoophouse would have been planted and ready for winter back in October. Between the weather and the busy thanksgiving holiday - it just didn't happen. I was finally able to get things situated last weekend.…