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Winter at The Petaled Garden

Ever wonder what happens on a flower farm during the winter?  While we operate at a bit of a slower pace, there is still much to be done.  From planning and planting to dreaming and designing.  “A farmer’s work is never done!” Tulip Time In the late fall, as the flowers are sending out their last blooms and the fields are cleared and prepped for the spring, we turn our attention to spring.  It's bulb planting time and the bulbs we ordered last April are arriving.  Tulips in all shapes and sizes, fragrant specialty daffodils, alliums and so much more. We grow our tulips as annuals and plant them close together (like eggs in a carton)...

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Being a Flower Farmer Means…

  Getting involved in the entire lifecycle of the flowers we grow…from pouring though reams of catalogs and choosing just the right varieties…to ensuring our bouquets are filled with the right colors, textures, and scents… Spending most of our days outside Walking the field at dusk and soaking in the utter beauty that surrounds our daily lives Trying endlessly to get the dirt out from under our fingernails…but never quite succeeding… Watching the farm mascot nap in the sun while the bunnies munch on the flowers nearby Rolling with the punches when mother nature sends you 80+° days in April…forcing you to harvest all your tulips immediately or face losing them Witnessing the inner workings of mother nature and...

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butterfly ranunculus bloom, pale pink shiny

A Test Run for Blooms

Flower trials are an important part of flower farming.  Sometimes I test to see which flowers I can reliably offer during the season or push outside their normal limits.  Other times, I grow new to me varieties or something unusual to see if its going to be a hit or a dud.  It is a good thing I have limited space or I could easily get carried away with trialing new flowers! Butterfly Ranunculus I am intrigued by these flowers.  Unlike the multilayered petals of a more traditional ranunculus, Butterfly Ranunculus remind me of the perennial Anemone hybrids with their single petal form.  They have multiple flowers on each stem and the flower petals...

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early spring flower growth, flowers in snow

Come on Spring!

  March is a month of anticipation…when is the snow going to melt?  When can we get into the field?  Is it going to be a wet spring?  March is also a month of excitement for the season to come and seeing all your plans come to fruition.  As the cold, dark days of winter start to abate, and the snow begins to melt, a walk around the farm reveals early signs of spring.  The birds are becoming more active, the hellebores are about 3 inches tall, and the spring bulbs are waking up under their insulated layer of snow and soil. Inside, the first round of hardy annuals are germinating, the dahlia tubers are...

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