What’s happening in 2018

what's happening in 2018Hello! Happy 2018. I hope your Christmas and New Years holidays went well. Ours did. It is always so nice to take the time to reflect on what is truly important.  I thought I would give you a quick peek at what happening here at Midwest Cut Flowers for 2018! Like always I have a hundred and fifty things I would like to do, but will probably only accomplish a few. Oh well, I am who I am right?

Branding

I finally had a professional logo made! I was so excited with the outcome!! Check it out.

 

The logo combines my flowers and my Etsy shop.  I had Liz from just artin around design it. She was awesome to work with. I would recommend her! I can’t wait to order my business cards, stickers and tags.

Etsy shop

Speaking of my Etsy shop…. I have been lacking in keeping it updated and stocked with wonderful new and exciting items…..That however is supposed to change here in 2018! My plan is to add market bags, aprons and pot holders as I get them finished. My hope is to have a lot of inventory so I can be ready for the fall outdoor market at Mama’s Happy. This was such a great event that I am already in planning stages for it!

Cut Flowers

I have just ordered my flower seeds and dahlia bulbs. Most of my seeds are from Johnnys Seeds and this year I ordered bulbs from Swan Island Dahlias. Here are a few of the new dahlias and seeds that I ordered this year.

September Morn Dahlia Swan Island Dahlias
September Morn

 

Amber Queen Dahlia Swan Island Dahlia
Amber Queen
Johnnys Seeds Queen Lime Orange Zinnia
Queen Lime Orange Zinnia

 

Johnnys Seeds Costa Mix Snapdragons
Costa Mix Snapdragons

I am still hoping to get an order into Floret for some seeds. This is such a great website. It has been fun to follow them as their business has grown. Very inspiring.

Venues

I have another place that I am going to bringing my fresh cut flowers. It is right here in our small town of  Delano.  Red Rooster Soaps  is an occasional shop that just opened in December. Exciting stuff.  Stop by and check it out next time you are in town.

Blog

As for my blog, I am going to try hard and post at least once a week. If I don’t have time to ramble I will just post pictures of what is going on around here.

 

 

 

 

Little video

Sometimes things just take you by surprise. My oldest daughter sent this to me yesterday!  I was so surprised to get it. What a fun gift. Thanks Erica.

It is such a good recap of my first year. I am looking forward to next year. I hope she will do another video for me.

 

A note a quote a gloat #2

Hey, its time for another installment of a note, a quote and a gloat. If you are new to this blog, I randomly will post little tidbits of flower information, a flower quote and notably a flower joke. aka a gloat.

This quote is said to originate from The Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), yeah its been around for ages. This quote makes me think of my husband’s aunt. I was blubbering one day about life and she said “girl you gotta bloom where you are planted.” She cut me no slack…I so needed this little reminder at the time and since then. I have told myself hundreds of times….”self remember…bloom”

NOTE

Did you know that 80% of all cut flowers sold in the USA are flown in from other countries. There is a movement slowly moving back to flowers grown here in the USA. Hence my little flower farm. Debra Prinzing has been a great advocate for the local slow flowers movement. Most of the local flowers that are being grown, are being done without the use of pesticides. This way making it safe for both the farmer and consumer.  Another plus to this, locally grown cut flowers last longer and look amazingly better. Seriously next time you are out and about and see a flower stand or at a farmers market. Pick up some locally grown cuts and see the difference for yourself.

 

GLOAT

What did the big flower say to the small flower?

garden love

Hey there bud!

If you missed the last a note, a quote and a gloat here it is  post # 1

Hope you enjoy your day.

Fall in Minnesota

Fall in Minnesota is such a wonderful thing. After sweltering hot summer days and buzzing mosquitoes we are quite ready for fall. Fall in Minnesota brings amazing flowers!! They to are enjoying the cooler temps. Here are a few pictures of what is going on around here in the midwest.

Lovely picture from Nistler farms

My daughter is having a great time working at Nistler farms this fall. They grow such awesome quality produce.

more from Nistler farms

This was my last cut for the flower stand this season!

I have planted quite a few tulips this fall. I still have one more bag to go. These lovelies were a gift from a friend!! Perfect, Thanks Heidi.

Lake Rebecca

This picture was taken at Lake Rebecca park. We are lucky to live by this awesome park. There are biking and walking trails. Canoe and kayak rentals on the weekend. Picnic areas, play area etc. Check it out!

Some ornamental grass that I planted last year! So cool. I am planning on taking pictures of my garden this weekend, so next week I will post what that is looking like.

 

midsummer flowers

Summer is quickly passing…..it has been totally crazy around here. Here are some pictures of the gardens. The flowers are showing their stuff. It is so amazing that I grew most of these from a tiny little seed!!! The snapdragons keep rewarding me and coming back. This is the first year that I grew them and expected them to only last until the heat came.

self seeding sunflower and tall proud snapdragons

This picture was taken just as the fog was beginning to lift. The sunflower in the picture overwintered and I have been loving the blooms. Some have been way to big for a bouquet but the smaller ones are awesome.

sweet peas

The sweet peas did great. They are fading now but the fragrance is still there!!

bucket of blooms with coffee

I never tire of seeing all the harvested blooms in a bucket. Notice the much needed coffee:) I try to cut early in the morning before the heat affects the blooms.

statice

I am going to for sure plant statice again next year. I makes an awesome filler and dries awesome for dried bouquets.

Dahlia

I absolutely love Dahlia’s. I bought these bulbs from Floret. All but 2 grew great. They are so amazing. You should do yourself a favor and plant at least one bulb next spring. My guess is that you will fall head over heels for them.

Flower farm update

Hey, happy summer. It is flying by!!! It has been to long since I have posted anything for you all to read. I am so sorry:) We were on vacation and when I got home my flowers literally exploded. I totally missed the perfect window to bring 2 varieties down to the flower exchange in St Paul!! Oh well, better luck next year self!

actually to tell you the truth, these pictures are a few weeks old. I am headed out with my trusty canon right now to capture some more…….hopefully post those early next week with a little more explanation about what you are looking at. I am hoping to do my first farmers market on Saturday… stay tuned:)

A note, a quote, a bloat fun flowers facts and giggles #1

Hey there! Here is my first post of ” A note, a quote, a bloat”  Periodically I will be listing a fun fact about flowers, a notable quote and a bloat ( aka a joke).

NOTE

Did you know that dandelions are a good source of vitamins? Yes those lovely yellow weeds that poke their heads up at once! The are actually high in vitamin A and C. Who would have thought. Just think….here we are spraying them with all kinds of stuff trying to get rid of them….well now just add them to your salad.. Is it the greens or the flower?  According to this article, it sounds like the root, the leaves and the flower all have value.

QUOTE

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. Doug Larson

BLOAT

I went to the zoo on Sunday afternoon, and I was suddenly surrounded by lions! Hundreds of them.

Well not lions….dandilions!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower trends in 2017

Like everything else these days, flowers too have trends. In 2017 the flower trend tends to be changing from earlier years. The power of the flower is still the same but the look and  colors are different. When you hear “flower power”, do you think of the bold oranges and greens of the 60’s and 70’s? I sure do.  What an era!! One of the main jobs of a flower farmer is to know which flower and look is trending at the moment. I have spent many hours reading flower books and doing research on this subject. Flower trends have taken a swing back in time. By the look of things carnations and chrysanthemums are making a come back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the April issue of Country Living Magazine, they listed the 10 flower trends that are going to be huge this year. Dahlia’s, hanging arrangements and fresh farm flowers were the top 3 flower trends on their list. I have a great fascination for dahlia’s. They are so amazing.

Color

The trending colors for the flowers in 2017 are more muted then in years past. They are calming. With each one of us having busy lives running here and there, I can see why people are loving the calm serene colors. Pantone color of the year this year is called “Greenery” How appropriate! This will go well with the muted colors of flowers and the fresh farm flowers that are making it big.

Foliage

I plan to grow dusty miller along with purple basil and babies breath for foliage. In my yard I have viburnum, raspberry bushes and dogwood that I also plan for foliage. Foliage is one thing that you absolutely need in a bouquet! It makes it so full and rich.

Heirloom

The word on the street is that heirloom carnations and chrysanthemums are making a come back! How exciting. It will be fun to find some seeds and give them a whirl.

5 Reason to give your Mom flowers

Every year I wonder what I should get my mom and mom in law for Mothers Day. Every year I think flowers.  It feels like it goes hand in hand doesn’t it? I put together a little note on 5 reasons to give your mom flowers. There is a lot of history in flowers! Interesting. Who knew?

LANGUAGE

Flowers speak their own language. Certain flowers mean certain things. Example, a rose means love and lilies are said to mean purity and grace. Here is a list of other flower meanings. It has been found that flowers have been dug up in ancient graves. They have a ceremonial meaning.  They are also a way of communicating without saying anything out loud. Mother’s Day makes up for about 24% of the cut flowers sold in the USA. That is quite a number of flowers!!

THERAPUTIC

Flowers make you feel good and lift your spirits. According to a study done by Rutgers University, people who received flowers felt good almost immeditly.    In every case, the recipients responded to the flowers with a heartfelt smile.

MEMORIES

Flowers bring back memories. Remember handing Mom a beautiful bouquet of freshly picked dandilions from the backyard. If you were to ask most women they would be able to tell you when they last received flowers from someone. Who they were from and why.

BEAUTY

Cut flowers are beautiful. When you have a bouquet sitting on your table or desk you take a moment however brief to stop and reflect the color and shape. They scent of the cut flowers is also another reason for flowers beauty.

EMOTIONS

Flowers are a gift that expresses feelings. They communicate human emotion. If for some reason you are feeling down and your loved one brings you a bouquet of sweet smelling flowers you feel that persons love. When I am the one giving the flowers I feel like I am giving love.

I have loved flowers since I was a little girl. I remember being about 10 yrs old and trying to dig up the weeds in the back corner of our yard for my flower bed.  I think about that and smile.  So when I think about what to give for Mother’s Day, I smile and think “flowers”