There is a little more activity in the cutting beds this week. I am still over here waiting for those peonies to pop, any day now. While I'm waiting I've been researching some early and late blooming varieties to extend the peony season. It's a good thing my husband doesn't read my blog - hopefully these arrive and are tucked in before he knows it!
This is my first year growing anemones. I'm hooked! Totally hooked. They are so pretty. Stems start out a little on the short side, perfect for a mason jar, then the keep getting taller and taller. I've already ordered many more for next year.
This calendula is such a pretty color. Reds, oranges, yellows always speak to me since they remind me of fall. I know I might be alone here but I will take fall colors year round.
This annual phlox is also new to me this year. These colors are warm and romantic. I have ALOT of perennial phlox in my garden beds but they are more jewel tones (pinks and purples) and very bright. It is a little difficult to start from seed which was surprising to me since the perennial phlox seems to expand grow like a weed. The more I do in the annual flower world the more I understand that annual flowers and perennial flowers are two very different beasts. The more this annual phlox blooms though the more I think it's worth the struggle!
Tulips brighten my day every time I see them! It doesn't matter how short or tall, bright or pastel, simple single stem or ruffly parrot, they all make me smile.
Every year when I sit down to start ordering my bulbs I have to exercise ALOT of self control. There are just soooooooo many to choose from. So many. So so many. I held back this year since I knew I would be expanding my annual beds but I did tuck a few pink beauties in around the house so that I could add a little pop of color to my spring arrangements.
Most flower farms start to order the next years bulbs when this years bulbs are blooming and then we wait. . . . . . . until fall arrives and the bulb crates start rolling in. I am very excited about the additions I've ordered already and I just might be adding a few more from my wish list because they are really pretty. And I think you all need them in your bouquets next spring.
Iris are one of the many unsung beauties of the cut flower world often forgotten by cut flower growers and home gardeners alike. I also am guilty of not giving these lovely flowers their due. As a matter of fact I completely forgot I had these until a hint of purple deep in the trees caught my eye.
I was given 1 rhizome years ago and unsure of where to put it so back in the dirt bank it went. Flash forward 3 years later they have established themselves and multiplied.
I cut several to test vase life and was overjoyed with not only how long they lasted but also with their glorious smell. Some fun facts for budding Iris lovers:
- There are about 200 species of Iris
- The purple Iris is symbolic of wisdom
- The Iris is a very hardy plant and comes back year after year
- The Iris takes it name from the Greek work for rainbow
- Some Irises are bearded and some are smooth
- A flower on the Sphinx is thought to be an Iris
If you are looking to add for of these lovey flowers to your cutting garden or farm check out the links below for some really stunning varieties:
I'm a little crazy for narcissus, ok maybe alot crazy. They are the first flowers I see in spring and after a long winter I need a little color back in my life. Also once the bulb is planted they pretty much take care of themselves so what's not to love about that!
Most people are not familiar with these beauties when I call them narcissus as they are commonly referred to as daffodils. Whatever you want to call them just know they smell wonderful!
The various shapes, sizes and colors provide something everyone will love! Every year I add more and more varieties, keep and eye out next spring for more peach tones and many, many more double varieties (the super frilly ones).
Spring has sprung here in Benton City. After record snowfalls and unusually cold temperatures in February and March buds and blooms are a welcome sight! Growing or farming of any kind is highly dependent and in some cases dictated by the weather and I have been reminded of that again this year. Mother nature has her plan and does not always jive with mine!
Now I'm trying to move in warp speed and makeup for lost time, cutting sod, prepping beds, and sowing seeds. It's wonderful and back breaking all at the same time. In a few months when I look back I will forget the long nights and sore muscles and somehow only remember the beauty of spring. I think this is a growers delirium that somehow wipes those memories away and keeps us coming back to grow more and more each year; these memories of absolute seasonal beauty!
It's this beauty which helped inspire me to expand my personal cutting garden and venture beyond my favorite perennials to share the beauty of nature with you all. I am so excited to dive into the world of annual flowers and bring seasonal color field to vase. It's going to be an exciting journey and Im glad your here to follow along!