Are you looking for some tips and ideas about how to grow a cut flower garden? Welcome to my new garden blog series, “Growing a Cut Flower Garden” where I’ll share everything about my flower garden, how to grow your own, and how it all started.
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I’ve been wanting to write a blog series about growing cut flowers in the garden since I first started my blog about a year ago. Many people have asked me how to start a flower garden using seeds, what flowers I grow in my garden, how to harvest the blooms, and much more.
Topics I’ll Be Covering in My Blog Series
- My Seed Selection for This Year’s Garden
- Supplies Needed for Seed Starting
- Seed Starting 101
- Planning and Getting Started
- Transplanting Seed Starts Into the Garden
- Supporting, Caring and Caring for Cut Flowers
- Companion Garden
- Harvesting Flowers
- Flower Varieties
How it All Started
We moved to our 1920 home over 8 years ago. I remember my husband and I driving down the street for the first time, and seeing nothing but water, the Puget Sound. And then he turned into the driveway and I fell in love immediately.
But it wasn’t because of the garden. There WAS no garden. It was only an overgrown yard with no real reason for anything there. What I fell in love with was the potential of what could be.
At the time we moved in, I had no plans for a garden. I didn’t even know the first thing about how to go about starting one.
But this property was just too beautiful for me not to try to create something special. A neighbor of mine gave me a few dahlia tubers and I found Erin Benzakein’s Floret Flower Farm book, Cut Flower Garden. The rest is history.
That’s when I started negotiations with my husband to build a greenhouse and a raised bed picket fenced garden on our property. Needless to say, I won!
About My Garden
I live in the PNW, about 60 miles SW of Seattle, in garden zone 8B.
The location of my garden can be a bit confusing. Not only was my raised bed garden built in the front yard of my home, but my greenhouse is located in the front yard as well. Seem a little strange? Well it’s because it’s where the full sun shines, and where the ground is much more flat.
And I get the added bonus of looking at the gorgeous Puget Sound water view as I’m gardening. That’s my favorite part!
We live about 30 minutes from a grocery store (at least a store that has fresh flowers) and 40 minutes from the closest Trader Joe’s. And for those of you that don’t know this about me, I LOVE FLOWERS! You’ve probably already figured that out though.
Having a Fresh Cut Flower Garden Means…
- Having fresh flowers in my home ANYTIME I want is such a reward! I usually have flowers growing in the garden every season but winter. And even then, there are berries, greens and hellebores around the yard.
- There’s rarely a party I go to empty handed. Fresh cut flowers make the perfect birthday, hostess, or “just because” gifts.
- Neighbors and friends can come pick a bouquet while on a walk, or when they’re having company over. You will be a hero! I even had a neighbor come to pick flowers for her daughter’s wedding last summer!
I hope you will enjoy this garden blog series. I’d love to know if there are other topics not listed above that you would like to learn about.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to have a big garden. It can be as big or small as you would like.
Next up…Planning and Getting Started!
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