New Year, New study coming to the New Hill Community Center. If you are in the Cary, Apex, New Hill area please join us😊
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New Year, New study coming to the New Hill Community Center. If you are in the Cary, Apex, New Hill area please join us😊
Comfort and Joy. Yesterday afternoon my son Reid shared a short video clip from Christmas day two years ago. Wilson was alive and it touched my heart so when I captured sight of him moving among all the family. Another thing that touched my heart was my mother in law, Virginia, when she opened her Bible and said in her gentle way, “ I thought we ought to get down to the real story…” and she read the so familiar verses from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2:8-14 “ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over there flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round them and they were sore afraid. And the angel said onto them fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For onto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.” When I pause for a moment and consider the weight of it all in just this portion of the Christmas story I am overwhelmed with wonder! Jesus God’s own begotten Son was born where animals are kept because there was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn, for this was God’s purpose and plan. God also chose the audience to receive the announcement of Jesus Christ’s birth- not the high born and exalted, but lowly shepherds in a field. The more I read and learn from the Scriptures the more humbled and amazed I am! I close with this passage from John’s Gospel chapter 1:9-13 “ The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” What amazing Grace!
Here’s what I will be doing for the next few weeks. If you’re in the Cary, Apex, New Hill, NC area, please consider this an invitation to join us!
It’s always fun to take a plain premade Christmas wreath (swipe right), and make it fancy. This one is loaded with greenery, dried hydrangea, nandina berries from the garden, and some gathered wisteria pods from my morning walks.
First round of Sahara Rudbeckia will be planted out soon in the garden beds. These plants are workhorses in the garden. They supply lots of blooms from May through June or later when deadheaded. I am planning to offer these plants and more late winter-early next spring for the home gardener who would love to grow their own. Details to come.
It’s time to plant your pansies and violas in the South. These are some of my favorite spring bloomers! They look great in the landscape, are good for small floral designs (or larger if you can provide an alternate water source), perfect for pressed flowers and edible too! Pretty versatile don’t you think!!!
I love how Audray Pink Gomphrena hold their color when dried. Swipe right to see the dried bunch flanked by two fresh bunches which are headed to the drying rack. These will be part of wreath kits that will be offered soon. More details to come. You can always DM me if you have questions! driedflowers
I’m in the process of cleaning up old picture files, and I am enjoying the look back! So I will be posting some of these in the coming days. It’s also inspiring me to plant some favorites I haven’t grown in a while- Bunny Tails, I’m looking at you!
It’s great to look back as I plan ahead for late summer/ early fall. These two pictures go way back- to 2014! They are great inspiration as I decide on the color palette. This year’s crop will include zinnias, dahlias, gomphrena, sedum, celosia and more in burgundy, pink and wine, (no lisianthus though😐). Later I will share another color palette inspiration from years ago. There’s lots I want to grow, but on a much smaller scale. ,
Bloomed!!! I posted a picture of this dahlia seedling bud last week, and here’s the flower! I can’t wait to see what flowers are going to show up on the other 15 dahlia seedlings! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about growing dahlias from seed! I never would have thought to try. The seed was from a Nicholas dahlia.
The First!!! Back in October after reading a lot of posts/ tutorials on collecting dahlia seeds and germinating them, I decided to try to collect some myself. I did have some success with germination in January, and was able to grow out about 15 dahlias from seeds. Here is the first one about to bloom. I can’t wait to see what the flower looks like!
It’s nice to be able to grow cut flowers even on a smaller scale. In March I was ready to pronounce these Bells of Ireland as “duds”. They proved me wrong! They are heading out to today.
So these are the first cuts from the zinnia patch- April 26, 2021! And here is how I got these early blooms. Since summer flowers are my favorites, especially zinnias, I decided to try an experiment of starting some warm season seeds much earlier than I normally would. I did a small sowing of zinnias, cosmos and crested celosia on January 23rd, and I have been pleased with the results. I sowed in 72 cell trays and bumped up to 36’s and then to 18 cells over the course of 2 months. These were grown on heat mats and under grow lights. The key is keeping them warm, so heat mats are a must as well as plenty of light. These are definitely more labor intensive than waiting to sow at my normal sow date around March 1st. Plants were moved into a cold frame or under frost cloth on warm days in February and March, but always brought back inside on cold nights. They did not go back into the studio once they went outside, but spent nights on the hearth. I was hauling 8 flats of plants in and out every day the temps dropped into the mid 40’s. They were planted out on April 6. I have had to use frost cloth on the zinnias a few times. Overall they have fared very well! Later I will share about cosmos and celosia.
Short and sweet- this little zinnia patch stands about 15 inches tall. I am planning a hard cut back of this first flush of flowers and hope to have the plants producing nice long stems in 2-3 weeks. I would call the extra early zinnia sowing (January 23rd) a success! I will share later the details of this sowing/growing experiment. #
Pansies steal the show in this petite design! They are joined by a few rosy pink ranunculus, some white anemones, orlaya and Lily of the Valley. Next week I plan to show several designs that feature short stem flowers and simple ways to create these designs.
Mid spring is the peak season for pansies in our area. By Mother’s Day they are waning as the temperatures rise. I like to keep them going to mid May if I can. They are perfect for small designs. Check tomorrow to see what I do with these blooms!
My Warm Season Flowers Zinnias and Cosmos are in the ground and ready to bloom just as we come up on our last frost date! Yes, it’s just a couple of beds, but I am excited! These were sown extra early and grown under lights with the hopes of having zinnias and cosmos blooming by late April/ early May. I will post later about what happened with the crested celosia.
I am looking forward to adding this lovely powder pink celosia to a small batch planting for this summer. These blooms came from a volunteer plant in 2018, and were skipped over last year. I have already had good success with some other 2018 celosia seeds. I did not bag these flower heads so it will be interesting to see what colors the flowers produce. These plants will go into a separate area from other celosias. Now for the long wait...
Leucojum are starting up! This is truly a no fuss bulb to plant for loads of delicate springtime blooms. Each year the clumps enlarge and the flowers are more vigorous than the year before. Stem length an push to 15-18 inches!
Update on early sowing of zinnias, (January 23rd). The plants are looking great, swipe right to see a pic. Now the challenge is to keep them healthy until they are planted out. I am covering one of the beds with plastic film to heat up the soil so I can get the plants in the ground late late March? The hope is that they will be blooming well by early May!
There’s more room under the grow lights! I should be starting some veggies now (okay I will), but I am also starting another small round of warm season flowers! These are the Salmon Celway Series Celosia.
Silver Years Dahlias have performed fairly well for me so I was delighted when I found a couple of dried flower heads that actually had seeds! These were potted up in January and I now have a few baby plants growing under lights in the studio. I am so glad I learned about gathering dahlia seeds from ! I am definitely new to this, and am looking forward to seeing what these new dahlias will look like and how they will perform.
A video of a bed of pink celosia from July, 2019. Thought I would share a little clip from my video garden diary- these are short clips I take for reference for the next year (or later)- I usually add a little commentary of what’s happening at the time.
Poppies are in the top three favorites at Springwell Gardens for springtime blooms! These are Papaver nudicaule “Pastel Meadows”. carries the seeds, but they sell out quickly! I have started collecting my own seeds for last last few years! A good substitute is Champagne Bubbles. and carry this variety. I start my seeds in late August- mid September indoors in seed trays. Once they are a decent size I transfer to the raised bed area in October or so. They are usually blooming well by mid March, sometimes earlier with mild weather. They do not like our heat though, and they melt out by mid May.
Sahara Rudbeckia are considered cool season flowers. In our 7b growing zone, their seeds can be started in late August- early September and seedlings overwintered outside. The key to survival is well drained soil. I also start these seeds indoors in the winter. After 4-6 weeks seedlings can be moved outdoors in 72 or 36 cell seedling trays with frost cloth protection and planted out in April. And finally I do another sowing of rudbeckia in early April. The goal for last sown plants is to have them blooming well by mid September when their colors are so appreciated. Rudbeckia bloom best under long daylight hours, but I have had some good success with spring sown plants blooming well into mid October.
Oklahoma Zinnias are some of my favorite zinnias! This is a bunch of the Salmon Oklahoma. They also come in pink, carmine, yellow and white, but the salmon are my favorite. These have been included in my early seed sowing venture. My hope is to have them blooming by early May.
My favorite flowers are all warm season flowers! So I am trying a little experiment to see if I can manage to start them extra early and keep them growing and even thriving until it’s time to plant them out. I am only growing a small amount of each. Here’s Flower #1 Peach and Pink Crested Celosia. These are seeds from flower heads that were bagged in 2019. They were started a few days ago and are starting to sprout! I will try to update periodically how this little experiment is going.
A little heart for a lovely friend...
Indian Summer Rudbeckia or Black-eyed Susans are always favorites for a long season of blooms. These plants can be tucked into the garden almost anywhere. While they do prefer full sun they are also happy with some moderate shade. Cutting the flowers for bouquets and dead heading will keep the blooms coming throughout the summer. This year I will have them worked into mixed borders. Seeds can be started indoors now for flowers by early May. You will need a light source. Black eyed Susan’s also perform well in our area when sown in late summer/ early fall.
It’s been 5 years since I have grown sweet peas. These are some of the flowers that I find very challenging to grow, but I want to try them for 2021 anyway. I will be happy to get whatever they produce, and my daughter, Judy, loves them very much!
Here’s a petite beauty created in 2017. It is fashioned on a grapevine base with lambs ear, Dusty Miller, feather celosia, bunny grass, nigella pods and strawflowers. Swipe right to see its present condition. Yes, dried wreaths do fade with time, and this one has taken a few tumbles to the floor. It still has a vintage charm though. Check next week for a post in dried flower wreath care.
I had an intimate wreath class with my sweet daughter, Mary, and daughter in laws, Ali and Tara. They created some beautiful wreaths!!!
Here’s a way to keep dried flowers from shattering as you work with them. Be sure you do a light mist- you don’t want flower petals to get wet!
Larkspur is for drying!!! I have started a second round of sowing for these flowers since slugs got into my garden beds and took out a lot of baby plants. I am using the paper towel method for these (I did a post on this method and Bells of Ireland in early November). So it’s not too late to plant larkspur. This crop of larkspur will bloom late May/ early June.
Last Monday I had dinner with some dears friends who still have a swag I designed YEARS ago hanging in their dining room. Just for fun- guess how old this piece is??? Note- I dyed the burgundy and blue flowers, but the rest are in their natural state.
Check out the finished wreath from yesterday’s Dried Flower Wreath tutorial!
Update: Wreath Kits are sold out.
Only 3 Wreath Kits left! These kits include a generous portion of fresh seasonal greenery to create a lovely showpiece with the base wreath and still have enough left over to use as embellishments for gifts, small centerpiece design, etc.
A sneak peak from the tutorial...
Wreath Kits are here! Swipe right to see finished piece. Kits include the wreath, lots of seasonal greenery and natural elements to create a fabulous design! Kits are $60, local pickup only. DM to reserve yours!
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