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  • November Hoop House Update – Hardy Annual Cut Flowers

    To say that the weather over this past month has been wacky would be an understatement. It was less than three weeks ago that I was complaining about temperatures in the 90s – and now, it’s snowing and in the teens! With such a wide fluctuation in temperature, I’ve  not done a very good job at planning and getting the seedlings into the hoop house. Alas, I’ve finally completed the process. Let’s take a closer look at what’s growing. I’m experimenting with growing freesia again this year. I have some in the ground, as well as in pots. I’ve read that they’re hardy to zone 8, so in my mind,…

  • Direct Sowing Flower Seeds in Fall for the Spring Cut Flower Garden

    One of the most common questions that I get about sowing hardy annuals in the fall directly relates to figuring our which plants should be started by direct sowing and which ones should be started in seed trays and then transplanted into the hoop house or into the ground. If I’m being honest, I don’t have an exact answer. While some flowers are happy being started in any ol’ method – others are very specific. The best I can really do is share what I’m doing here in my own yard, and hopefully it will be helpful.  New to me this year is ‘Mountain Garland’ Clarkia. I’ve grown godetia in…

  • 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…

  • Sweet Pea and Feverfew Cut Flower Arrangement

    One of my absolute favorite parts of growing a cut flower garden is picking them! Today is definitely no exception, as the sweet peas are in full bloom. I couldn’t resist picking a large vase filled with these fragrant blooms before a thunderstorm rolled in. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? I grew several types of sweet pea this year. This lovely blue/lavender color is elegance lavender. These seedlings overwintered in the unheated hoophouse super easily and grew on to be almost 5 feet tall. I’m so glad that I’ve finally gotten better results in growing sweet peas. In this bouquet, I’m also using ‘Delft blue’ nigella or love…

  • 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…

  • Canterbury Bell Cut Flower Arrangement – Cut Flower Garden

    With many of the hardy annual flowers starting to finish up blooming, I’m continually surprised by how many bright pink flowers that I planted into the yard last fall. I think I may have been worried about the garden “matching”, because I went all-out for the pinks. The canterbury bells are no exception to my “pink flowers only” rule, as they have now started to show. There’s a very subtle difference in the pink color of the chantilly snapdragons and the canterbury bells. The bells are definitely a couple shades darker, which I think, makes for a really nice contrast in the flower arrangements. For this one, I decided that…

  • Winter Sowing Results Pt. 2 + Garden Update – Week 2 – April 2018

    Finally! We finally had two days – count them, TWO – of beautiful weather. I’ll admit, I was beginning to lose patience and faith in the fact that I would ever be able to finally transplant my snapdragons and lettuce into the garden – but I got it done! Hooray! Just wanted to quickly check in on the progress of my winter sowing containers, as well as show you what’s blooming in the garden. Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy, and happy gardening!  

  • Winter Sowing Results Pt 2 – Cut Flower and Vegetable Seedlings

    If you’ve been following my YouTube channel at all, you know that I’m completely obsessed with winter sowing. I mean, seriously, I talk about it all the time. I’m almost finished with winter sowing for the season, and I’m so happy to show you all what some of my bottles of seedlings currently look like. There are definitely more bottles to open – to share my success and failure – but I thought I would break the process into smaller posts. Here are some plants that will be going out into the garden soon.

  • March Week One Update

    Hi Lovelies, Brace yourselves! This post has a lot of pictures. Just a quick peek at  nearly everything that’s going on right now! Let’s all just hope that this warmer weather will keep on coming our way! Not pictured is the progress on the dahlia tubers that I’ve started for cuttings. The reason? Well, it looks like a GIANT FAILURE. More on that soon! Much love!