In Bloom: ‘Tecolote Salmon’ Ranunulus

In my quest to expand my flower garden this spring, I quickly filled an entire row with ranunculus corms. Upon ordering 'Tecolote Salmon' ranunculus, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Sure, the photo on the supplier's website was beautiful - but very seldom do such pictures reflect reality when it comes to these plants.…

In Bloom: ‘Floret’s Chocolate’ Ranunculus

I'll admit, whenever a flower is described as "chocolate," I immediately become skeptical. It's not that I don't believe that there are really lovely brown-rust colored blooms out there, I just haven't encountered them. It seems that the flowers that I select nearly always open in shades of maroon or dark red. In my garden,…

‘Tiger Mix’ Ranunculus: One of my New Favorite Flowers!

Building my own DIY hoop house in the backyard has easily been one of my best investments in terms of pursuing my own flower farm. Learning to grow and overwinter cold hardy flowers has been key. In this, I have steadily increased the number of ranunculus corms that I plant each fall. In 2020, I…

The First Signs of Spring in the Cut Flower Garden

After a very cold February, I'll admit that I was quite relieved when March finally arrived. With it, was a very much welcome increase in temperatures. It seems that the cut flower garden has suddenly burst into life. Since we have a week of rain in the forecast, I wanted to quickly venture outside today…

Winter Flower Update – FEBRUARY 2021

In one of my more recent posts, I remember hesitantly mentioning that the weather this winter had been very nice. Over the last two weeks, however, that has definitely changed. Like many, my garden has been covered in ice and snow - not to mention the constant freezing temperatures. Now that things are finally starting…

End of January Cut Flower Garden Update – 2021 FLOWERS

Now that it's January, it seems as if it was ages ago that I finished planting the fall garden. Even though the weather is cold, that doesn't mean that the flower garden isn't full of life. Let's take a quick look at some of the plants that are growing - Last November, I planted several…

Finally Ready for a Long, Cold Winter

It feels like I've been working on getting the fall garden ready for winter for months. With shipping delays and a very late frost this year, it's hard to believe that I'm just now finishing all the tasks related to the hardy annual flowers and spring flowering bulbs.  Among the first flowers to go into…

Fall Hardy Annual Seedling Update

It's been a few weeks since I posted about finally starting the process of sowing the seeds of my hardy annual flowers. In this, germination is in full swing for a lot of the fall hardy annual flower seedlings. Let's take a closer look -  After I ran out of cell trays, I started using…

A Week’s Worth of Cut Flowers

I know that I've been posting tons of different cut flower arrangements lately, but I just can't help it. Let's take a closer look at some of the cut flower vases that were arranged - These are the Zeolights calendula that I planted last fall. They don't have the longest stems. In fact, using them…