The earliest Spring bloomer we grow. Anemone start blooming in late Winter and can continue for 3 months. They are exceptional cut flowers typically lasting well over a week in the vase. In 2022 I will be offering Panda (classic White with black eye), Marianne Blue, and a pastel mix.
Narcissus make you feel so happy with their cheery colors and sweet fragrance. I'm excited to be growing many specialty varieties this year in colors of apricot, salmon, and pink! The varieties I'm most excited to see are Apricot Whirl, Bridal Crown, Pink Charm, Delnashaugh, and Geranium. I'll have bundles of daffodils in late winter! If you have daffodils in a mixed bouquet do not recut the stems as they secrete a substance that will kill other flowers.
The queen of Spring! Peonies are pure romance with their large blooms, ruffled petals, sweet fragrance. Also in my top 5 favorite flowers, they are very popular with brides. Peonies are an herbaceous perennial that can live for 100 years. I'm currently growing about 25-30 and am planting another 50 offsite. Peonies can't be cut for 3 years after planting, which partly drives their expensive price as a cut flower.
The darling of Spring- Ranunculus are called the spring rose for a reason, they have so many layers of petals and come in a wide range of colors. They have an excellent vase life and don't need any special treatment. Ranunculus are in my top 5 favorite flowers and I'm growing nearly every color in the rainbow this year, from white, pale yellow, salmony orange sherbet, an array of pinks, and a deep maroon.
This classic flower is such a crowd pleaser, bringing nostalgia of experiencing snapdragons with grandparents. These beauties have a long vase life and are very popular with my customers. The Madame Butterfly and Chantilly varieties add extra flare to a bundle or mixed bouquet. I couldn't imagine a spring without them.
An example of a spring bouquet- mother nature is in charge and the bouquets will always reflect what is happening in the fields. No two are identical. This example features Ranunculus, peonies, snapdragons, bells of Ireland, Verbena, Coreopsis and more.
Highlights of our 2021 growing season and flower descriptions
2021 was my first year growing this heat loving annual and I was so impressed. These plants are strong and bountiful. The blooms come in a wide range of colors and sizes and add textural interest. You want to walk over and touch them. As a plus, the pollinators loved them and I'd often find bees snoozing under a larger bloom in the mornings.
Cosmos are another heat loving favorite among gardeners. I struggled with these my first year but am aiming to do better next summer. Their dainty flowers and arching stems float at the top of bouquets and sway gently in the breeze.
Oh Dahlias, what struggle, what beauty! I absolutely love dahlias but they are high maintenance and you must work to find their goldilocks conditions in your specific climate. This year I will have more than 500 plants- and I am working on hybridizing varieties that will thrive in the south with high temps and humidity. The dahlias really start blooming for me in October and continue until first frost (mid November). They are highly sought after blooms and plants.
Sunflowers are supposed to be the easiest plant to grow, alas the birds and rabbits ate hundreds of my transplants. I aim to do better this year with rabbit fencing around all rows. Stay tuned.
Some of my favorites- when I'm cutting I always say I'd be happy with a bouquet of fillers. Statice, Pincushion flower, seed pots from poppies and love in a mist, Queen Anne's Lace, Yarrow. The list goes on. These are a mix of annuals and perennials and all look so lovely in a bouquet or the garden. (pictured statice)
The zinnia will always have my heart as it is the plant that made me fall in love with gardening. Zinnias are the summer workhorse. A true cut and come again variety in deep saturated, warm pastel, or green palates. The newer varieties are very refined, with semi to fully double blooms. No summer arrangement is complete without zinnias.
An example of a summer bouquet- mother nature is in charge and the bouquets will always reflect what is happening in the fields. No two are identical. This example features dahlias, snapdragons, basil, and celosia.
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