Happy Tuesday morning! I hope all is well in your part of the world. A lot of craziness happening in the world today, I do not plan on getting into details or posting my opinions on any matters, other than matters of flowers & dirt.
June has arrived with the perfect weather pattern to promote lots of growth in the garden – a few days of warm sunny weather, mixed in with a few rain showers. There is no better watering system than Mother Nature, whatever it is that she mixes in with those rain drops – is magic to the growth of flowers.
There was a bit of wind the other day when I transplanted my Celosia, but they seem to be pulling themselves together and straightening up a bit more.
I not only transplanted out the Celosia, but also some gourds, Hollyhocks, Lisianthus, Basil and Gromphs. They are all checking out just dandy.
I was very unmotivated on Saturday, but pulled myself together for a rally to push through the some things on Sunday. Lots of weeding & transplanting.
With the arrival of June, the looming deadline of flower subscriptions lies only 24 days ahead of us. The thought of starting the subscriptions is exciting, but also a bit daunting. Will I have enough, will I still be able to use my meeting spot, will people like the flowers I’ve chosen to grow? At this point it’s — “hold on, we’re getting ready to jump” and just going for it!
I find myself combing the fields twice a day now looking for blooms, trying to guess what will be ready in time. I’m not sure there will be any focus flowers ready, but things just might surprise me!
What’s putting on blooms right now:
- Cosmos – I believe it’s the Dancing Petticoats and certainly the Pink Lemonade so far
- Apple of Peru, interestingly enough, apparently I don’t use the blossom part of the plant, I wait for the seed pods to set in – my first year growing it, so we will see what happens.
- Stock-I’ve already picked one, the others still have a ways to go- it will be interesting to see if they will arrive too early to use in the bouquet subscriptions, it’s always the timing of things that make things interesting!
- Corn Cockle-the bloom isn’t open yet, but there’s one there, which I’m sure by 24 days time there will be more
- Nicotina-another new -to-me plant, I bought some overflow from a fellow flower farmer, there are buds which I’m sure will be open in 24 days
- Soapwort-showing some color and lots of buds
- Honeywort- is showing come color and lots of buds. It is much different than last year, the stock is shorter and much thicker, even the leaves are broader and fuller – so odd! Some of them are from seed I purchased, some are from my seed I saved – I’m going to attribute it to the fact they are in the ground much sooner and have had room to spread out instead of up. One of the reasons for this close grid pattern is to encourage the growth up, but planting out so early has allowed the growth out, we’ll see what happens as the season progresses. It appears the Sweet Peas are doing something very similar growth wise-big, thick, lush greenery, no blooms yet, but I’m not worried about that ——yet!! I’m thinking putting the Snap Dragons in the same planter might not have been a good thing!
- Celosia-they aren’t flowers, but they are starting to show some color of their plumes, they are a bit on the short side, but some are reaching for the sky and will be usable in shorter bouquets.
- Lily-they are the smaller orange/yellow lily of which I forget their name, but they are happy and healthy.
- Sage-they are lovely long stem, beautiful blue/purple spikes.
- Bachelor Buttons-almost open
- Penny Cress-they certainly smell horrible, but they are one of those that you let the flower bloom come on – then drop off- they turn into a little round disk to use as a filler.
- Hydrangea-I’ve always loved these beauties, and managed to keep one alive from last year! I’m hoping to propagate some so we can have more for next year. It’s just now starting to open buds, I’m hoping it doesn’t do it too soon because one of my new flower subscribers love them, if it seems to be coming on too quickly, I just may do an early release of bouquets so I can share with people what’s blooming now. I did that last year, I had so many roses and a few what-nots that I put together a sneak-peek bouquet for people, it gave them a little glimpse into what to expect. The garden is sputtering right now, but it will be in full roar soon enough!
Maybe you noticed that everything I listed is great as a filler or accent….not so much as a focal point – except the Stock & Hydrangea. I’m sure that people will understand it’s early in the season and the bouquets will fill in and get taller as the season moves on.
Most of my planter boxes are filling in very nicely. The Petunias I started from seed in January – just about 6 months ago….almost 180 days folks…are blooming well. Most of the colors are wonderful, some are a bit lack-luster but they are the tried and true pale pink & purple. My Alyssum is doing very well, in addition to the accidentally planted Cress–oops! I thought it was Alyssum! It’s about to cycle out already, it will make room for the Geranium that still not putting on blooms. The Gerbs are just now starting to get tiny little clusters deep down inside…
What happened–why such a long time for the patio planter fillers to put on blooms when everywhere you go-hardware stores, drug stores and nurseries all of their fillers are in full bloom & beautiful color and mine are just green? If you remember—I needed room, so those lovely babies were kicked out of their trays and into planters early on, and they were stashed down on the bottom & even moved outside during the cold and cloudy days. Not a good combination…they needed warmth – lots of it to get their color to come on. My Gerbs that I left in the greenhouse have been putting on blooms for a few weeks now, but certainly not the 10 I tried in the field and not the ones I put in pots early on.
I chatted about possibly buying plugs next year for baskets, but I’m not sure that I’m able to be successful unless I’m willing to heat the greenhouse, as it was, just having the mats on for those few weeks raised our electric bill higher than it’s ever been! Not sure I’m willing to pay that price, I’m thinking that letting the experts handle that part will be just dandy for me-its difficult to beat those prices and their fullness is something I cannot compete with. I just might do baskets with the thoughts of doing them as gifts and personal use, but certainly not to encourage sales.
Speaking of sales, the stand has been closed for about two weeks now, it’s been odd not having anything to sell. I think I started off really well because I was earlier than the big sales, not sure if I would still be having as much success since the schools have been having their sales – of which were amazingly low prices & beautiful plants – but their greenhouses are amazing and they have a set-up that’s perfect for that sort of thing.
I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can only guess at what the outcome would have been had I kept filling up seed trays, but I wasn’t willing to have a ton of overflow and not have any place for them. As it is, I’m using up space in the food garden, our pole beans didn’t sprout, so I’m planting some flowers in that space to fill it up-doing my part-I’m a helper!
I did manage to find some orange pumice soap-it’s not GoJo, but it will do. It’s the simple things that make me smile.
I hope that you have been able to find some simple things to make you smile. Enjoy the rest of the week – hugs to you!