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…

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,…

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…

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 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…

In Bloom: ‘April in Paris’ Sweet Peas – Cut Flower Garden

Sweet peas have quickly become one of my favorite flowers. I'll admit, in the past, I wasn't so certain of their allure. But now, after several seasons, I think I've become a believer! This year, one of the main varieties that I grew in the garden is called 'April in Paris'. They definitely did not…

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.…

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…