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

Bouquet of Café au Lait Dahlias

How gorgeous is this bouquet featuring the one and only Café au Lait? This vase color and shape along with this perfect mix of foliage just really sets them off. Also included in this bouquet: love in a puff, black knight scabiosa, sedum autumn joy, scented geranium, millet, smoke bush and viburnum. The contrast is amazing! What…

2017 Dahlia Varieties

I decided I am going to try to keep a running list of all dahlia blooms and their names on this blog post for this year. Each time I photograph new blooms I will add them to list instead of creating a new post. If one is missing, I will find the name and label…

Mid-July Mixed Bouquet

This is a mixed bouquet featuring everything that is blooming right now in mid-July here in Southwest, Iowa. Dahlias, Gaura, Lisanthus, Larkspur, Rudbeckia with scented Geranium, Honeysuckle, Lemon Balm and Smokebush for foliage.What’s blooming in your yard?

Garden Journal 7/16/2017

It’s hot. I think I forget every year how hot it really gets this time of year. My plants are out in this blazing sun all day every day and I’m not sure how they do it. I do know they need lots of water so I am staying busy trying to keep them watered….

Yarrow and Bachelors Button

I made a bouquet last night using what I have blooming right now. This bouquet includes yarrow, bachelors buttons, allium, bupleurum, lily and mint. There is also another perennial that I am not sure of the name. This isn’t really my normal color scheme or style of arrangement but I am loving it. I’ve learned that…

Ranunculus and Roses

As you saw in my last post I attended a workshop at PepperHarrow Farm in Winterset, Iowa last weekend. I thought I would take some more photos of the beautiful bouquet I made. The arrangement includes honeysuckle, mint, oregano, raspberry and lady’s mantle as the foliage along with ranunculus, roses and anemone flowers. \What a…

Hellebores or Lenten Roses

Hellebores or Lenten Roses are an exciting new flower for me. I suppose someday I’ll have discovered everything but not yet! Their gorgeous color palettes offer a magical secret display when other plants aren’t blooming.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Each year my sweetheart gets me a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise. The first few year’s we dated I received flower arrangements and then a bouquet of orchid blooms. Last year I got a potted plant of an orchid and a dracaena, but this year’s surprise takes the cake! Check out this Real Simple Azalea Topiary that was my 2017…

2017 Journal & Calendar

I ordered the Floret Garden Journal and Daily Planner 2017 along with a 2017 Calendar with Monthly Growing Reminders from Floret Flowers. My birthday is next week so the timing worked out perfectly! Happy Birthday to me!  Order your set from Floret Flowers here. Enjoy! 

How To: Grow Chrysanthemums

Are you looking at growing mums next year? This was my first year trying these and I had some successful beautiful blooms.

How To: Flower Arranging with Zinnias

This time of year Zinnias are still going strong and right now I have bees, butterflies, months and more surrounding this very popular spot in the garden.