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January Hardy Annual Flowers and Hoophouse Update – Cut Flower Farm

January Hardy Annual Flowers and Hoophouse Update – Cut Flower Farm

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The Beginning of the Winter Sowing Season

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 […]

February Week 4 Update – Germination Celebration, lol.

February Week 4 Update – Germination Celebration, lol.

Hi Lovelies,

The week 4 update is a little early, but I probably won’t have internet access for the next few days – so I wanted to get these posted now! All of the seedlings below have been planted using the winter sowing method in milk jugs. Let me know if you’ve got any questions, much love!

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RANUNCULUS! Buds are forming everywhere! I’m so excited!
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I literally just threw the wheat seeds on top of some soil – we’ll see how it goes. Lazy gardener is back in the house, obviously.
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I’m not very good at only putting one seed per cell, either. This is candytuft. Listen, some people are perfectionists and some people aren’t. Who wants to guess which one I am? Lol.
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Scabiosa, yay!
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The Kale is on its way!
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Scented Stocks looking strong and getting their first true leaves! Hooray!
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Sweet Annie with some true leaves!
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Strawflower getting true leaves! Yaaasss!!!
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Welcome to the party, Godetia!
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The wind has totally whipped the Quinoa around a little too much, but they’re doing pretty well nonetheless.
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Potomac Snapdragon Mix getting bigger.
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New Caramel Cherry Phlox adapting to life with the lid off their container.
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A couple big ole’ Cerinthe.
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Tricolor Salvia with their true leaves! So excited!
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Generic Tall Snapdragons getting bigger.
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Rudbeckia Triloba finally making an appearance.
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Dusty Miller is popping up, too!
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I received a free package of poppies, so I sowed those too – and here they are!
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Parrot tulips have started to pop up. Watching things grow make me so happy.
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Daffodils and Dutch Iris
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The first daffodil bloom is forming! Squeal!
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Pre-soaking the sweet pea seeds tonight and planting them in the morning! Let’s get this party started!
A Post about the Cold and Other Stuff?

A Post about the Cold and Other Stuff?

Hi Lovelies, It looks like winter is officially here. It’s been colder and I’ve been “babying” the ranunculus in the polytunnel on the extra cold nights. I’ll talk more about that in a second. Things seem to be way busier than they should be right […]

Hardy Annual Seedling Update

Hardy Annual Seedling Update

    Hi Lovelies, Today I thought I would share some photos of the hardy annuals that are currently in the garden. Whenever I grow something new, one of the first things that I do when I see sprouts in my garden beds is “google” […]

Beginner’s Guide to a Gorgeous Spring Garden

Beginner’s Guide to a Gorgeous Spring Garden

Hi Lovelies,

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Well hello, gorgeous!

Well, we made it! Day 15 of Blog-tober! If I had known that 31 days of straight blog posts would be this difficult, I’m not sure I would have taken on the task – but, I’m enjoying it nonetheless. With tons of orders of spring seeds and bulbs landing on my front porch every day, I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the easiest ways to add some spring color to your life.

Spring is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. Being able to finally thaw out and spend time outside is such a precious gift. However, when this was all new to me, I was majorly neglecting the garden and had very little more than some mud puddles to look at. As it turns out, the key to a beautiful spring (and having gorgeous blooms when others don’t) is planning ahead. If you’re anything like me, planning ahead is not exactly your cup of tea – but, in this case, I definitely think that the payoff is worth the time and effort.

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If you’re climate is mild enough, sweet peas can make it through winter with protection. In my climate, it’s a little bit of a hassle – so I just stick to planting them in earrrrly spring.

Spring blooms can take many forms. There are several wonderful hardy annuals that can be planted directly into the garden in the fall- depending upon your climate. Even in my cold zone 6 winter, I can still successfully fall sow a lot of annuals. Bulbs are another option. While many bulbs may offer a little less impact per dollar, there are tons of unusual varieties that may be the perfect fit for your garden.

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Most grape hyacinth (muscari) has fairly short stems – but I think they’re cute-as-a-button, not to mention they’re fragrant.

Fall Planted Bulbs – In this section, I’ll use the term “bulb” loosely (some are corms, etc) – but there are tons of bulbs that are simply planted in the fall and create a beautiful show in the spring. My personal favorites are ranunculus and tulips. Ranunculus may be tricky to grow here, but since finding the recipe for success – I’m addicted. Since I have sufficient cold in the winter, tulips are an instant winner for me. Since they aren’t reliable perennializers, I’ve seen them get a bad reputation for being a waste of money. With the parrot and double peony varieties that are easily found online, I find it almost impossible to pass up these gals. Other easy garden bulbs include daffodils (which may naturalize nicely), hyacinth (with an amazing fragrance), muscari (talk about stinkin’ cute), anemones, dutch iris (dwarf – and tall for cutting), fritillaria, crocus (for landscape), and tons of alliums.

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Bachelor’s Buttons are an obvious choice. I love watching the huge fall-sown plants mature into mega-bloom in the spring time!

Of course I can’t forget to mention that many bulbs work quite nicely when it comes to indoor forcing. Fall is the time to buy bulbs for the winter. While some don’t require a cold period (paperwhites, for example), many do require some time in the fridge. When properly chilled, it often isn’t difficult to have lovely indoor blooms around the end of December when things are looking dark and snowy. Hyacinths are great for this – post coming soon!

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Hardy Annual Seeds – Another option that will result in earlier blooms is to plant hardy annuals in the fall. Around September 20th, I cleared out my beds and got to seeding. Currently, the yard is covered with seedlings ready to take on the winter chill. Current easy favorites – Larkspur, Shirley Poppies, Bachelor’s Buttons, Agrostemma, Mignonette, Love-in-a-Mist, Scabiosa, Bells of Ireland, Calendula, and Laceflower.

 

If you’d like to find out what bulbs and annuals I’ve planted so far, the link to my 2016 Planting List can be found on Pinterest.  If you see something you’d also like to try, you can click through to the source directly on the pin. While you’re there, please don’t forget to follow!

What are you growing this spring? What should I blog about next? Hope you’re having a great day, much love!

Preparing for Hardy Annuals

Preparing for Hardy Annuals

Hi Lovelies, So, it’s raining again. I know I shouldn’t be complaining because a lot of folks are suffering from heat and a major drought, but I’m itching to get back into the garden so badly. The stargazer oriental lilies started to bloom this week. […]


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