A list of links

I had a good journal entry I was working on, but twice it was thwarted by the weird format of this site which is Squarespace. I am not a technologically savvy person. One press of the wrong button and everything is gone! Oh well. I was attempting to write about what to do and when, because I keep getting asked that. Most of my advice was rambling and vague, because how do you really explain without reinventing the wheel? Now my answer is, here are some good resources that I have personally used:

Johnny’s Selected Seeds - The catalog has good info on seed germination, spacing, time till harvest, and more.

Texas Gardener Magazine - A good start for beginners.

Soil Testing in Texas - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension soil testing information.

ASCFG - Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Excellent info for professionals! Get the book Specialty Cut Flowers, by Allan Armitage and Judy Laushman.

Growing for Market - Excellent articles written by professional growers.

Common Diseases of Ornamental Plants - From the LSU AgCenter. A handy little gem!

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The only way to really learn is to do it yourself. You will fail many times in the process and that is ok.

Happy growing!

Soni

Fall 2018

What’s happening? This time of year is generally pretty busy even though we don’t have a whole lot of stuff blooming. Plus, we received an early frost in November that killed off any warm season stragglers (ie: zinnias, amaranthus, cosmos, celosia, etc.). Reminder: last year at this time we were not too far off from SNOW! Time to drag out the hoops and frost cloth.

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We (a couple assistants, my husband and I) have been working on clearing old plants out of the field to make way for new plantings of spring and early summer blooms. We have been planting many types of ranunculus, anemone, delphinium, snapdragon, stock, nigella, queen anne’s lace, ornamental cabbage and kale, dianthus, lisianthus, statice, godetia, scabiosa, strawflower, foxglove, poppies and heirloom gladiolus!

clockwise from top left: ornamental cabbage, ranunculus, delphinium, lisianthus

clockwise from top left: ornamental cabbage, ranunculus, delphinium, lisianthus

Snapdragon ‘Rocket’

Snapdragon ‘Rocket’

This is also the time to plan for warm season planting. If I want to order plugs I need to do it soon! Planning is key with growing anything because if you don’t, it’s usually too late and you might as well think about the next season. I’m still figuring things out, learning, and trialing. Mother nature throws everything plus the kitchen sink at you sometimes, so even your best efforts can be thwarted. But, you move on. It helps you learn what changes to make and what to plan for.

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All this said, I am really looking forward to 2019! The flowers are going to be amazing!

Late spring in a Texas flower farm

When does it change from spring to summer? The 'summer solstice' isn't until June 21st. It gets hot here way before that! Spring time is fleeting in the south. It has been pretty cool this year up until now. I am going to have to start harvesting earlier! 

Thank you to all who support local flora at the farmers' markets! This would not be a thing without you! 

Have a look at what is in the garden now:

Half of the field on the west side. 

Half of the field on the west side. 

Lisianthus: Echo Lavender

Lisianthus: Echo Lavender

Still have lisianthus! The lissies started blooming weeks ago and haven't stopped. The first flush will taper off pretty quick. Probably by this weekend. But we have lots of zinnias coming along:

Some other things ready for harvest are some late season ornamental cabbage. The end of delphiniums is coming, but will be replaced by something else equally spectacular. Then there's 'Paper Moon' scabiosa pod. They are very unique. They look like alien eyeballs.

 

Mother's Day was a hit! It's a fun holiday for getting creative with design. Something I am always practicing.

Mother's Day was a hit! It's a fun holiday for getting creative with design. Something I am always practicing.