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  • DIY Hoop House for Cut Flowers – Year 2 Update

    One of the most game changing aspects of the garden for me has to be the addition of the unheated hoop house. I constructed this one made out of pvc last fall. I’m happy to say that the structure survived the summer, and it’s now time to cover it for another growing season this winter.  Being totally honest, there are some parts of the structure that look pretty rough. Specifically, I’ve gone through and secured all of the pvc joints with tons and tons of duct tape. It’s not glamorous, but we’re on a budget. It might not be the prettiest thing ever, but as long as it gets the…

  • Preparing Fall Garden Beds for Spring Flowers – Planting Hardy Annual Flowers

    Preparing the garden for planting is easily one of my least favorite garden tasks. Seriously, it’s a toss up with weeding. Right now, there’s no word that I can use to describe my yard other than a “mess”. Seriously, just look at this picture. The hoop house looks as if it’s totally falling apart. On the left, you can see my small weedy patch of lettuces and carrots – which are actually growing really well, I might add. I always want to be honest with you guys, too. There’s a 99% chance that I’ll be taping the hoop house together with some really strong duct tape in hopes of getting…

  • 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 Love in a Mist Nigella in the Cut Flower Garden

    When I first started learning to grow flowers, there were a lot of plants that I had never seen before in real life. In starting the cut flower patch I decided that I would try each type of flower at least once and then make a judgement whether I would continue growing them. I wasn’t really sure about love in a mist. Nothing about them really appealed to me. I mean, the colors were fine. However, I didn’t particularly think that I would like the shape of them. As it would turn out, I was wrong! Love in a mist is a hardy annual flower. That’s fancy talk that means…

  • 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, make sure to do your research before planting. Larkspur are toxic, so make certain to keep your kids and pets (and everyone else) safe while in the cut flower garden. This year, the garden was a little bit out of control. Yes, that’s a huge pumpkin vine crawling into the middle of the larkspur patch.…

  • 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 white flowers with the bluish streaks are the variety called ‘Delft Blue’. Delft blue nigella is one of the first varieties that I ever grew. I love how unique their patterns are. I also really like actual structure of the flower. As these flowers get older and older, they begin to develop some pretty gnarly…

  • 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. Unfortunately, the rain started pouring almost as soon as I snipped the first flower stem.  This arrangement started with a base of double feverfew flowers. These are seriously so easy to grow. Their spray growth habit make them a really great choice for quickly filling up a vase, too. I always look forward to these…

  • 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…

  • 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. After getting great germination, I transplanted them into the garden as soon as the soil could be worked. Since our winter was a little drier than normal, I was able to put the plants out around the middle of March. This allowed for plenty of time for the plants to become established in the cool…

  • Growing Icelandic Poppies for the First Time – Cut Flower Garden

    This year was a first for a lot of flowers in my yard. In that, this was the first time that I was finally able to successfully grow Icelandic poppies. In the past, I had attempted to grow them from seed. As it would turn out, those seeds were not prime and completely failed to germinate. This growing season, I decided that I would play it safe and order a plug tray full of seedlings. I chose the ‘Hummingbird Mix’ Icelandic poppies.  I transplanted the poppies into my unheated hoophouse at the end of October. Ideally, I would have liked to do it a little sooner, but we had a…