Visiting a Flower Farm – FineGardening
Today we’re heading to Boonsboro, Maryland to visit a beautiful flower and herb farm! It’s called Native Mountain Farm, and you can see more of it by following the farm’s Instagram.
A lovely bouquet of double peach daffodils. Although the classic daffodil is a bright yellow trumpet, there are many shapes – like this frilled champagne confection – that look particularly good as a bouquet.
Pink Veronica (Veronica spicata, zones 3–8) is a hardy perennial that makes a wonderful cut flower. This picture of it blooming heavily in summer makes me want to plant a whole mass so I can cut it in the bucket too.
These lovely centerpieces were put together for a baby shower. I especially like the soft pastel pink sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual).
A bee stops for a snack on a cosmos flower (Cosmos bipinnatus, annually). A cut flower garden can easily serve as a pollinator garden with the right selection of flowers.
The delicious anticipation of being blueberries!
And just a few weeks later, beautiful berries can be devoured. If these were mine, they probably wouldn’t make it into the house.
We’re more and more used to buying annuals as large flowering plants in kindergarten, but small plants – called plugs – can be the best way to grow lots of cut flower annuals. These small cosmic plugs are easy to transplant and quickly set in to grow and produce lots of flowers.
Flower growers have to be resourceful. When apartments with baby plants arrive and the weather is still cold, whip a quick cold frame out of some bales of straw! I think this is a great idea – an easy, inexpensive way to add a little extra warmth to delicate plants before they can move into the larger garden.
Oh my god, that sounds familiar – plants pile up on every possible surface in the car!
Could this flower tub get any more beautiful?
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