About Our Flowers
In February we start harvesting heirloom narcissus, daffodils and anemones. We'll have tulips too, including parrot and lily types and doubles that look like peonies. From March to May we'll have ranunculus, sweet peas, love-in-a-mist (Nigella) and corncockle (Agrostemma). These are flowers you don't see at the grocery store - they may bring back memories for you.
If those names sound odd to you, just look at the pictures in our collage. Top row, left and right: Tulips and more tulips.
Middle row, left: narcissus. Middle row center: blue love-in-a-mist in a bouquet with purple and white corn cockle. Middle row, right: sweet peas.
Bottom row, left: ranunculus with sweet peas, ranunculus alone.
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By June we'll have roses, but ours are not the tight, scentless blooms that are easy to find in stores - ours are big, fragrant beauties like ‘Just Joey’ and ‘Abraham Darby.’ Dahlias start next, and zinnias by mid-summer. We like to combine these with cosmos, daisies and small treasures like forget-me-nots, lavender, mint and Queen Anne’s Lace.
The pictures in our collage show typical summer flowers. Top row, left: dahlias and roses. Top row, right: zinnias.
Middle row, left: white cosmos, pink dahlias and orange zinnias. Middle row center: rose 'Snowfire.' Middle row, right: daisies, China asters, roses and scabiosa.
Bottom row, left: rose, 'Amazing Grace' (photo by Nick Otto). Bottom row, right: dahlias and daisies.
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Sunflowers start in mid-summer, but they keep going in fall bouquets. Dahlias and zinnias are still around too. But the stars of autumns are the heirloom chrysanthemums, in unusual shapes and gorgeous colors, from big lilac spider mums to small plump blooms of honey-gold.
The pictures in our collage show typical fall flowers. Top row, left: sunflowers. Top row, right: spider chrysanthemum 'Flair.'
Middle row, left: zinnia 'Benary's Giant Scarlet.' Middle row center: white cosmos combined with chrysanthemums 'Flair' and 'Bronze Fleece.' Middle row, right: chrysanthemums 'Heather James' and 'Bronze Fleece.'
Bottom row, left: sunflowers. Bottom row, right: dahlia 'I'm a Hottie.' (I don't make up these names!)