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:)

Flower farm update

Hi, its been awhile. I thought I would do a quick flower farm update. It has been a learning curve for sure. I think I have flowers on my mind 24/7. I hope you enjoy all the pictures. Here are some lovely iris’. I have a whole new appreciation for this old-fashioned flower!! They have such an amazing scent!!

 This little raised bed is where I have planted my sweet peas. I didn’t realize that they  had such an attitude. I am thinking that they are a little behind then most so I am not sure if I am going to get any flowers from them or not. Lesson for next year. Do not start inside as early, they got a little leggy and plant them out a little earlier in the season…….and give them a little cover.This is just a random shot of my side garden. I am loving the spreading Sedum.  Here is a peek of the snapdragon and the strawberries. Both are growing slowly. I think I will get a few berries this year. Like with the sweet peas….some lessons learned with the snaps, therefor I will take notes and hopefully learn from my mistakes.  My peony bush in bloom and they smelled so heavenly. I am hoping to plant a bunch more of these wonderful shrubs this fall. I will have to wait a few years to get many blooms but it will be worth it. This is a snap of a snap. My first blooming one!!! So exciting even if it is slightly bent. Bloom number 2….also bent out of shape:)The dusty miller is doing pretty good. I think I need to start these a little earlier next year.

Wrap up

I have had a little tiny experience with hail and crops…..we had a hail storm come through and it shredded leaves on my tiny wonders…it was so disappointing. My hydrangea shrubs and dogwoods suffered leaf damage also.  I am holding my breath that I have quite a few blooms in a few weeks. I have my first delivery to Mama’s Happy in Independence Mn.

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”

 

5 Reasons you should love your spring garden.

I have written about 5 reasons to love your spring garden. There are actually probably 100+ reasons to love your spring garden but I settled on 5. I hope you enjoy the pictures and please leave me a comment about what your favorite reasons are to love your spring garden.

Tulips (Tulipa)

1. Tulips. Oh how I love tulips. These tulips poked up their heads up on February 26th. I was so shocked to see them so early. They are going to have to be divided and moved this year.  We are adding on an addition and they are in the way.  It is time they were divided. I am sure they have been here since the house was built. Tulips were imported to Holland in the 16th century and have kept us smiling all this time. This was an interesting read.

The meaning of Tulips

Yellow = cheerful thoughts

Red =Perfect love

White= forgiveness

 

Sedum

2.  Sedum.  Sedum is a staple in my garden. They are super hardy ( need these kind) and you can use the stems in flower arrangements. Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family which are commonly known as stonecrop. The Sedum family has about 600 species! Maybe in a few years I will be able to name them all for you.

bird feeder

3. Bird feeders. This trusty feeder attracts all kinds of birds. My favorite is a cardinal pair. This pair has been back 3 yrs in a row! I will try to snap a picture of them and post it. I need to fill it as you can tell.

more tulips
spirea

4. Shrubs. Shrubs are a staple to any landscape design. This guy was given to me last spring and I had to quickly plant it. It needs a new spot but we are enjoying the new red buds.

peony

5. Peony. The burgundy shoots of the peony grabs my attention every spring. When they start to come up you can see an amazing difference every day. I have been reading a lot about peonies. There is a peony farm not far from me that I hope to visit this year. Check out the pictures they have. It looks amazing.

peony

Our house was built in 1987, so I wonder if this peony plant was planted about then. I have to get a tree trimmed by it so it can have a bit more sunshine. I take out my camera with me when I work in the yard to try to capture the new things.

Chores for the flower farm this week

  • add compost to beds
  • add organic fertilizer
  • buy the landscape fabric
  • burn holes in fabric
  • build the sweet pea trellis
  • check on lavendar plants
  • finish sign for the flower trailer

Wow, that sounds like a lot. Somewhere in between I need to, do laundry, check homework, make meals….etc, etc. That is the thing with doing something you love. Somehow you always manage to fit everything else around it.

 

 

 

Starting Seeds indoors ” Not to do”

I thought I would share my seed starting failures today! Here is a list of 5 mistakes I made when starting seeds indoors. 

1. Do not plant 2 types of seeds in the same tray. Why? Well my experience was that the 2 types of seeds grew at different times and grew to different heights. So when I adjusted the lights for the taller plants the shorter ones were then that much further away from the light source obviously, and now they are tending to grow a little spindly then I would like. 

2. Do not plant too early. Why? I was so excited to start my plants that I started a few things too early. The package for the snapdragons said to plant 8-10 weeks before the last frost and the sweet pea package said 10-12 weeks before last frost. I think I planted them both about 12 weeks before out last frost date and they are getting so tall!! I moved them out to the garage in front of a north facing window and they are doing good out there, except that I think by the time I plant them outside they will be monsters in tiny little seed trays!! 

3. Over water. Why? This seems so so obvious, but well I over watered a few trays. Low and behold. Root rot and damping off. I had to throw the trays away. It was so sad. I need to get over the fact that they are JUST seedlings and I can always regrow more.

4. Underwater. Why? Hello self,,,little plants need drinks too. After over watering and killing some, I under watered and killed some more. 

5. Forget to label. Why? I thought I would totally remember what I planted where……oh yeah sure!!! 

It has been such a learning curve. I am sure I will repeat some of these failures again and again. I probably could have did a list of 10 things or 20 for that matter. Oh well it has been interesting. I am learning a bunch. In my next post I will share what I did to have indoor seed planting success. So fun…see you soon



Starting a flower farm

Welcome!

I hope you enjoy this journey with me!
I am starting a new flower farm this year. It is a daunting and exciting process. I have thought about it for years and decided to jump in feet first!!! I thought it would be fun to document my progress and decided to do it in blog form. My little farm (puney) farm is called Midwest Cut Flowers. I am located in the wonderful state of Minnesota. I live about 30 miles west of the twin cities. We live on 2 acres…..so you are wondering if that is enough land to have a farm? Well according to Erin Benzakein from Floret flowers 2 acres is enough. I have read her new book Cut flower garden front to back. I have also bought a book The flower farmer by Lynn Byczynski and read that beautiful piece probably 5 times. Both books have great information of planting seeds, growing and tending the precious plants. I have loved flowers for as long as I can remember. So this sudden dive into flower farming does not surprise the hubby.
I have spent hours looking a seed magazines and trying to remind myself that I need to start at a reasonable….yes “reasonable” size. So I have decided to start with 6 20ft beds. Oh and I have a small plot up by the house and oh yeah I can stick some plants by the shop……see this could be dangerous. The kids do need some yard!! Don’ they????
I peeled up the grass…..what a pain in the back. I covered the beds w black plastic. Weed control. I am so excited about the soil. It is beautiful. I am adding compost and a few other goodies to it. I am trying a low till method of farming. I have watched this amazing guy and am trying to apply his techniques to my little dream. I am going to say this now and I will probably repeat myself again and again. ” This is a lot of work. Fun work. Hard work. but work no less” So please follow me and keep up with my successes and failures…..as there will be those…already has been those…but pull up the socks in my rubber boots and continue on.