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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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Crop Protection: Hardy Annual Cut Flowers in Winter Hoop House

    When I first set out to learn to grow flowers, the process of overwintering hardy annuals was one which seemed totally foreign. With very little information on the process online, most of what I’ve learned about crop protection has been through the process of trial and error. In general, crop protection will vary from one flower type to another. However, for this post (and in my backyard), I usually just apply the same “rules” to everything that I grow. It makes things a lot easier. Here’s a look inside the hoop house when it is on “lockdown”. Basically, this occurs where the forecast is especially cold. Here in my zone…