Does planting cool flowers in the fall really work?

Does planting cool flowers in the fall really work?

In our experience, yes and no. We are in our third year of growing cut flowers and we’ve tried planting cool flowers each of the past two autumns. The concept is to plant in September hardy annuals that can survive our zone 6b winters, which allows these flowers to...
Volunteer pumpkins

Volunteer pumpkins

In the plant realm, things that reseed themselves or unexpectedly winter over are called “volunteers.” For flower growers like us, volunteers are a pleasant surprise. We often allow flowers that sprout on their own to grow even if it creates a disjointed look. Yarrow...
Putting down roots

Putting down roots

As you might expect, we have a house full of cut flowers.  We put various things in bottles, jars and vases and stick them on the kitchen windowsills, island and table.  We often do this to “vase test” new plants to see how they do before we put them in arrangements...
Blessed are the pollinators

Blessed are the pollinators

Without bees, butterflies and other bugs, we’d have no flowers. Or food. Zinnias Are Butterfly Magnets I remember the first year we grew zinnias. They started to bloom in late June, and we were impressed by the volume of flowers they put out. Some flowers are known as...
It’s flower seedling season!

It’s flower seedling season!

March 1 marks the beginning of seedling season.  Each spring we start thousands of tiny plants in multi-cell trays that we put on heat mats and under grow lights.  These seedlings will grow for the next month or two until the weather is warm enough for them to be...