DIY Mini Living Christmas Tree

Create your own mini living Christmas tree with a Norfolk Island Pine tree from Sherbondy’s. Sherbondys Garden Center is a locally owned and operated garden center and landscape firm located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Get your own between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.I brought my tree home and placed a drip saucer under the…

Chrysanthemum Update

This will be my second year growing heirloom chrysanthemums from Kings Mums and I just love absolutely love it. You have to have a little bit of patience, as my cuttings arrived in May and are just now starting to bloom here at the end of October, but I think its worth the wait. I…

Saving Love in a Puff Seed

Love in a Puff, also known as Balloon Vine or Heartseed, is an annual vine that carries seed in ‘puffs’ and looks great in arrangements. The vine can be grown on a trellis but I just had mine out in the flower field this year and it did fine. You can see it here in one…

Passion Bouquet

This bouquet was inspired by passion flower vine and hyacinth bean vine. The purple theme carried all the way through this arrangement. Can you spot the passion flower in the bouquet? Featured in this bouquet are dahlias, celosia, scabiosa, cosmos, ammi, hyacinth bean, passion flower along with love-in-a-puff, scented geranium, lemon verbena and artemisia for…

Red & Gold Bouquet

In honor of yesterday’s game, ISU vs. Iowa, I created this ISU themed arrangement. As some of you know, I attend Iowa State University – GO STATE! Unfortunately they lost the game but I still hope they have a great rest of the season. What do you think of this color combo in an arrangement? This…

Dinnerplate Dahlias

Dinnerplate dahlias are SO fun to grow. They are difficult to work into arrangements but look stunning alone in a vase. They take longer to bloom and have less blooms per plant but I think they are very worth the time and space in the garden. I absolutely love this color palette of creamy peaches,…

Islander Bouquet

One of my favorite dahlias is called Islander. It’s absolutely huge and the most amazing magenta pink color. It just screams TROPICAL flower. I had two perfect Islander blooms today that were the inspiration for this bouquet. Also included in this arrangement are celosia, scabiosa, ammi, zinnia and amaranth with scented geranium, millet and love…

Jewel Bouquet

I wanted to try making a jewel-tone bouquet of deep reds. I pretty much have every color palette under the sun growing here at the farm… so why not give it a try. Featured in this bouquet are dahlias, zinnias, celosia, amaranth, gomphrena and then millet, basil, ornamental kale, love-in-a-puff and scented geranium for foliage….

Sunset Bouquet

I made a couple of bouquets tonight right at sunset. This is not my typical color palette but I am trying new things tonight. I am just in love with Celosia! Also included in this bouquet: Dahlia, Cosmos, Zinnia, Smoke Bush and Sedum. I was able to capture these photos just before it got too…

Bursting with Dahlias and Zinnias

I made this bouquet for my fiancé’s grandma and we dropped it off tonight. It’s just bursting with zinnias, dahlias, scabiosa, dill, queen anne’s lace, amaranth, scented geranium, cosmos and strawflower. This arrangement includes the widest array of flowers so far this season. What do you guys think? More arrangements here on the blog?

Pink Dahlia Arrangement

This is what my dahlia field looks like right now. Out of around 290 dahlia tubers I planted I ended up losing several to virus, rot and other issues. However, the ones that made it are just absolutely beautiful. Are your dahlias blooming yet?

Garden Journal 7/31/2017

These are a few pictures of what is blooming in the cut flower field right now here at the end of July in Southwest Iowa. Zinnias Cosmos Scabiosa Queen Anne’s Lace Cosmos Amaranth Sunflower Scented GeraniumLisianthus Cleome Eucalyptus