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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.

Woman carrying buckets of pink veronica flowersPink 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.

Flower centerpieces in mason jarsThese lovely centerpieces were put together for a baby shower. I especially like the soft pastel pink sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual).

Bee on a pink cosmos flowerA 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.

green blueberriesThe delicious anticipation of being blueberries!

ripe blueberries ready for harvestAnd just a few weeks later, beautiful berries can be devoured. If these were mine, they probably wouldn’t make it into the house.

Cosmos plugWe’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.

a cold garden frame made of straw hangersFlower 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.

Car filled with plantsOh my god, that sounds familiar – plants pile up on every possible surface in the car!

Bucket full of cut flowersCould this flower tub get any more beautiful?

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Robert Dunfee