October Snow

We had our first frost and first snow here in southwest Iowa on Sunday, October 14. I wonder how often the first freeze and the first snow coincide? Makes for some ghostly pictures of flowers. They look healthy and colorful but are definitely toast. I’ve been in denial that this was coming but there is…

Flower Field Update

The flower field didn’t get planted until really late this year so it’s just now finally coming into bloom. Not going to lie, it’s pretty gorgeous out there right now. If you want to start your own cut flower garden, check out this post about my top flowers for cutting. “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from…

Book Review: In Bloom

In Bloom was one of the books on my Christmas wish list that I received from my mom. Published in 2016, In Bloom, Creating and Living with Flowers by Ngoc Minh Jgo features artists, designers and decorators who incorporate flowers in their work. This was the follow up to her book Bringing Nature Home. It…

2017 Heirloom Mum Results

This was my second year growing heirloom chrysanthemums from Kings Mums. Read my step-by-step guide with photos that I posted last year. Or read the summary below. Nijin Bigo Summer Tasks After you receive your Chrysanthemum plugs you will need to remove them from their shipping packages immediately and place in a shallow bowl of water….

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…

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…

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….

Garden Journal 8/8/2017

The weather continues to be amazing with average temperatures around 80 this week. So nice to have a break from the hot, hot weather! Check out this amazing Nick Sr. dahlia that is red on top and yellow underneath. This is a very strong dahlia with strong stems and really good tubers.FimbriataZinniasZinniasDillArtemisia, a floral greenery….

Garden Journal 8/4/2017

Here is a little tour of what’s blooming on the farm in early August. Cosmos.ZinniaFour-o’clockGomphrenaCleomeCelosiaLisianthusScabiosaDahliaAnother gorgeous summer night! 

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?

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…