Apple Trees

Our new property has three apple trees. One right by our patio, another on the other side of our grape arbor and another in a grassy area near the lane. This tree was just gorgeous this spring. Then it started putting on LOADS of apples. My fiancé’s dad brought his apple cider press over and we made…

Potting Up Rosemary

Rosemary is a ornamental plant as well has a culinary herb. It is not cold-hardy here in Iowa so I will need to bring indoors or take cuttings. I found a helpful post about growing Rosemary on The Spruce. I found ‘Tuscan Blue’ at Mulhalls a few weeks ago and planted it up with some…

Air Plant Update

  Air plants are really catching on now. You might remember my previous post about growing air plants but I recently purchased two more so thought it was time for a refresher! What do you think of these two beauties?! I was mesmerized the first time I saw an air plant. How could a plant…

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…

Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid Tea Roses were created by cross-breeding two types of roses: hybrid perpetuals and tea roses. They have traits of both parents, generally hardier and more often repeat flowers. Hybrid teas are very popular, especially with cut flower growers as they have a single flower on a longer stem. I purchased five Hybrid Tea Rose…

Moving the Little Blue Coop

If you remember, we fixed up an old cabin and converted it to a chicken coop back on our old property. We later learned that it was cabin #8 and was original part of a hotel somewhere in Oakland, IA. I’d love to learn more about its history at some point. If anyone has any…

Flower Field in September

Dahlias and celosia are the stars of the garden right now. It’s really fun to photograph across the four 100 ft. rows and find pretty layers in the shot. My favorite time to shoot is late in the day when the sun is almost gone. Happy gardening!

Fall Container

I’ve never actually made a fall planter before. My first attempt includes mums, ornamental peppers, purple fountain grass and kale. When I bought the peppers they were green and purple and went with this color scheme a little better. The ice cream bucket leaks really bad so my fiancé thought I should use it as…

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,…

Dahlias at Dusk

The dahlia field is just unbelievable right now. I’ve been telling people that it peaks every day at dusk and here is some proof. The light during the last portion of ‘magic hour’ is gorgeous anywhere but here on the farm it’s at a whole new level. What do you think?