• Cut Flowers,  Gardens,  Peonies

    How and When to Cut Peonies

    Peonies!!! One of the first flowers I think of when I think of spring. Growing peonies can be such a joy. Their large, billowy blooms and sometimes hundreds of petals and colors make them a beauty for any garden or bouquet.  And as a cut flower, they can last over a week in the vase, many also carry a sweet and subtle scent. Knowing When to Cut Peonies definitely requires some prep and basic knowledge for the best results. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.  How to…

  • How to Grow Peonies
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    How to Grow Peonies

    Growing peonies can be such a joy. Few flowers can contend with the beauty of peonies – their large, billowy blooms, some with hundreds of petals, and colors ranging from whites to pinks to purples to burgundies to corals to yellows. As a cut flower, they can last over a week in the vase, many also carry a sweet and subtle scent. A well-tended peony garden can thrive for 50 years or longer, gifting the fruits of your labor to future generations of flower lovers. Learn How to Grow Peonies…. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission…

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    Tips for Growing Sunflowers as Cut Flowers

    Sunflowers have to be one of my favorite cut flowers to grow in the garden.  They are fairly easy to grow and look beautiful in our farmhouse kitchen, especially in a white pitcher!! Where they are easy to grow and will grow in most environments there are some things to consider if you want to ensure you get the most our of your sunflowers.  Below you will find 6 tips for growing sunflowers for cut flowers in your backyard garden. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.  Find the…

  • Year of the Sunflower
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    How to Create a Backyard Sunflower House

    Sunflowers are so easy to grow they are the perfect starter plant for your kiddos who are looking to get into the garden. By creating a backyard sunflower house your kiddos will get to enjoy the flowers that they grew all season. And if they save the seeds they can create another house for years to come!! Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.  Notes Before You Start Your Backyard Sunflower House It takes between 7 and 12 weeks for your sunflowers to grow up nice and tall.…

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    Choose the Best Sunflower Varieties

    Did you know that there are two types of sunflowers??  And each is suited for different purposes?  Well I didn’t and when I learned this it was a game changer in what I grew to sell in our Market Stand.  Make sure you are choosing the Best Sunflower Varieties!! The two types of sunflowers are: single stem types and branching types.  These two types are so different from one another that I almost think of them as different crops. I grow the single-stem types because they are preferred in my market, but I can see where some growers would do better with the branching types. Here are some pros and…

  • Cut Flowers,  Gardens,  sunflowers

    Year of the Sunflower

    Jasmina Dolce at The National Garden Bureau has declared 2021 the Year of the Sunflower!! And after a year like 2020 it seems very fitting that a flower that brings so much joy to everyone is chosen.  Some might even say it is a sign of hope and new beginnings. “To help promote gardening and create excitement and inspiration at the retail and consumer levels, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) selects a handful of crop categories to celebrate each year. As part of its “Year of” program, the selected categories receive promotion directly from the NGB and all members of the industry are encouraged to engage with their customers to…

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    Growing Sunflowers in Containers

    If you love sunflowers but lack the gardening space to grow the mammoth blooms, you might be wondering if you can grow smaller sunflowers in containers. Container grown sunflowers are a great way to bring color from the garden and landscape onto your patio, porch, or even into your home.  Whether you grow them from seed yourself or buy them at a garden center, there are a few things you should consider when growing them.  Follow these tips to get the most out of growing sunflowers in containers. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if…

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    How to Grow Sunflowers

    Sunflowers. Does anything shout “Summer!!!!” more than bright, sunny Sunflowers?!? With bright blooms that go from mid-summer to early fall, sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. Plus, 2021 has been designated the “Year of the Sunflower!” What better way to celebrate than growing some yourself? Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.  The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant with a large daisy-like flower face. Its scientific name comes from the Greek words helios (“sun”) and anthos (“flower”). The flowers come in many colors (yellow, red,…

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    How to Grow Zinnias

    Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow, as they grow quickly and bloom heavily. Available in a brilliant rainbow of colors, these happy blooms are a must-grow for any flower lover. As one of the easiest cut flowers to cultivate, they are a perfect first crop for beginning growers and are reliable, prolific producers for most flower farms. Keep reading to learn how to grow zinnias and some tips on how to use them in your cut flower bouquets.  Zinnias are annuals, so they’ll grow for one season and produce seeds, but the original plant will not come back in subsequent years. They have bright, solitary, daisy-like flowerheads…

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    How to Grow Cosmos

    They are annual flowers with colorful daisy-like flowers that sit atop long slender stems. Blooming throughout the summer months, they attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden. Growing easily from seeds, cosmos even survive in poor soil conditions! Here’s how to grow cosmos. Cosmos truly are a cut-and-come-again flower: The more you harvest them, the more they bloom. A single planting will produce buckets of airy, delicate, daisy-like blossoms for many months. You can arrange them on their own or weave them into mixed bouquets. The possibilities are endless. Cosmos produce 3- to 5-inch daisy-like flowers in various colors, including pink, orange, red and yellow, white, and maroon. Their…