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?

Hot Air Balloon Landing (In Our Yard)

We had an exciting morning here on the farm. There were a total of six balloons in the air that I could see from our house when I got outside. They were up and moving northwest until they all disappeared about the same time. They landed in the fields surrounding our house and our neighbors.Then…

Stories from Jane’s Garden

Meet my friend Jane. Jane is an extraordinary human being. She brings light and laughter to every room and is quick to make everyone feel welcome. I had the pleasure of meeting Jane last fall through our Master Gardener program training. I felt an instant bond with her as almost everyone probably does. Our passion…

Round Succulent Planter

Succulents prefer well drained soil and plenty of sun. I used my Cactus mix and stuffed this pot full of little plants. These succulents are not hardy in Iowa so I will need to bring this pot indoors before our first frost. They will probably do best under grow lights indoors. I was able to try…

Passion Flower Vine

The tropical passion flower or passion vine (Passiflora spp.) naturally grow in South America and Mexico. An annual vine here in Iowa, prefers to grow on a trellis in full sun and in well-drained soil.  The blooms were originally used by missionaries to teach of the passion of Christ which is how it got its name. Because…

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…

Hyacinth Bean Vine

This is the first year I have had Hyacinth Bean, a vigorous annual vine in my garden. Also known as the Jefferson Bean, prefers full sun. I ordered seeds and planted them in small pots this spring. I transplanted one into my retaining wall garden and this plant is doing great. I learned earlier this year…

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….

Pineapple Lily (Eucomis)

Pineapple Lily bulbs should be planted in the ground or in a pot after the danger of frost has passed. Similar to gladiolus, canna and calla lily, the bulbs will need to be dug up or brought indoors in the fall. When you do dig them up let them dry out before putting them in…

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…

Elephant Ear (Colocasia)

Elephant Ear bulbs create an amazing tropical feel in your garden. Their huge bold leaves remind you of elephant ears and come in either green or purple. Colocasia can be grown in the ground or in pots after the danger of frost has passed. In the fall, cut foliage back and dig up. Let the…

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?