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  • Direct Sowing Sweet Peas into the Fall Garden

    When I first starting growing flowers, sweet peas were high up on the list of things that I wanted to grow. I couldn’t help it really, there was so much hype surrounding them. I had heard that they had an enchanting fragrance, and of course, the actual blooms looked so feminine and delicate – two things which I certainly am not. Regardless, I had done enough research to know that they wouldn’t be happy trying to grow and bloom in my hot climate during the summer. The solution was to get a jump start on the season as soon as possible. I had marginal success with the winter sowing method,…

  • Seed Starting Tips: Soaking and Stratification for Better Flower Seed Germination

    It’s nearly October, and that means one very important thing – it’s time to begin preparing for the spring garden. While I know it seems somewhat odd to start preparations this soon, it’s actual crucial in terms of creating the best garden possible. After all, now is the time to start planting fall flowering bulbs, planting biennial flowers, and sowing hardy annual flowers. Many hardy annual and biennial flowers are unique in their ability to grow well during the coolest portions of the growing season. This is especially surprising here in zone 6b/7. I feel that my garden receives fairly cold temperatures in the winter, so I’m always surprised to…

  • 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 this since there can definitely be confusion where I live. My sweet pea growing journey began last fall, around the end of September. Here in Kentucky (zone 6b/7), sweet peas can be planted in the fall and over wintered for healthy spring blooms. Though growing these plants under cover is the best option, I have…

  • This Week in the Garden- Cut Flowers and Vegetables

    Another week has somehow managed to fly by, and I’m still not completely done planting everything into the garden yet. Most notably, I haven’t been able to find a place to plant the peanuts. I really need to get those plants into the ground. Anyway, I thought I would take the chance to post so pictures and show you what’s going on –  The kale is looking so great this year. There’s hardly been any damage from the slugs, and I’ve really been enjoying picking it on a weekly basis. I’ve already managed to freeze a lot for winter, but am also still enjoying it fresh. This variety is the…

  • Growing Lathyrus Odoratus (Sweet Peas) in Zone 6b/7

    Hi Lovelies! I’m back with another growing tutorial!  Want to see the post with photos and videos in it’s entirety? Click here! Hooray!  Sweet peas (not the edible kind) are gorgeous and smell absolutely divine! Unfortunately, however, they can be somewhat difficult to grow depending upon where you live. In fact, before I started growing flowers for myself, I had never even seen them “in real life”. Sweet peas are a wonderful addition to the flower garden. Hopefully, this post helps others start bringing the joy of vintage plants back into their homes! When to plant sweet pea seeds depends greatly upon where you live. If you live further North,…

  • Updates – Sweet Peas, Lisianthus, Catmint, and Planting Time

    Hi Lovelies, I hope that everyone is doing quite well. I’ve been on the road to recovery for the past week after a quick visit to the emergency room, yuck! With this, I’ve been away from the flowers and so much has gone on without me. Though I’m technically still supposed to be on bed rest, I’ve been slowly making my way around and cutting a few stems here and there. It’s always amazing how much just a little color can cheer me up! The calla lilies are still totally rocking, though the japanese beetles have finally arrived, which means their glory with be short lived and will be absolutely…