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    • 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…

    • sunflowers in containers
      Container Gardening,  Cut Flowers,  Gardens,  sunflowers

      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…

    • growing sunflowers as cut flowers
      Cut Flowers,  Gardens,  sunflowers

      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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      Cut Flowers,  Gardens

      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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      Cut Flowers,  Gardens,  Uncategorized

      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…

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      Cut Flowers,  Gardens

      Tips for Growing Cut Flowers

      I drooled over cut flower gardens for a little over a year before I took the plunge and created my own cut flower garden.  I had some failures and success over the first year but I enjoyed it so much that each year my goal is to make my garden better.  Here are 5 tips on making the most of your cut flower garden.  And make sure you read to the end for a bonus tip. 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.  5 Tips for Your Cut…

    • cutting lilacs
      Cut Flowers,  Gardens

      Cutting Lilacs and Making Them Last Longer

      They look beautiful and smell amazing, but cut lilacs tend to droop quickly in a vase. Here are some tricks to cutting lilacs and making them look fresher longer. I love lilacs; they are right up there with peonies, ranunculus and garden roses. I also remember pulling the flowers off when I was a kid to play with in our outside kitchen (don’t tell MeMe). Now I love to bring them indoors to enjoy their amazing smells and beautiful blooms. But I was often disappointed at the end of the day when they ended up looking wilted and dead. Until I learned a couple of tricks to make my cut…

    • How to Start a Cut Flower Garden
      Cut Flowers,  Gardens

      10 Easy Cut Flowers to Grow

      Have you ever wanted to try growing cut flowers… but didn’t know where to begin?  You’re not alone! Many people have asked me to share ideas about easy cut flowers to grow.  I’ll be the first to admit that growing flowers is not nearly as easy as it looks, but these flowers listed below will likely thrive and provide you with some beautiful blooms, even if you are a complete beginner. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and you’ll likely want to branch out later and grow more varieties… but this is a great start! Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional…

    • Cut Flower Garden
      Cut Flowers,  Gardens

      How to Start a Cut Flower Garden this Season

      Growing vegetables is Jamie’s thing and growing cut flowers is mine!! I enjoy having beautiful flowers to harvest for bouquets that sit on my kitchen table or that I can give to friends and family. And while many plants are grown for their flowers – perennials, biennials, and bulbs – annual flowers like zinnias and sunflowers are among the most popular type of cut flowers grown by gardeners. They are productive, easy to grow, beautiful, and can be planted in gardens or containers. Growing a Cut Flower Garden is sure to bring a smile to your face. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional…

    • Cut Flowers,  Gardens,  Peonies

      Caring For Peonies

      Peonies!!  That spring flower that everyone wants. Who can blame you, they are beautiful and smell amazing.  I know I can’t ever get enough and keep adding them to our farm.  But in order to keep them blooming and looking beautiful, there are a few things you should do when caring for peonies.   I promise they aren’t hard!! Staking Peonies Once established, peonies will flower abundantly for years! Sometimes when they have big, blousy flowerheads the plant will need to be staked, especially double-flowered types because their blooms are so massive and heavy. There are specific peony cages that can be super helpful in this; if you have a very…