Today its Garden Bloggers Bloom day, a day when garden writers share what’s growing in their gardens. I’ve had a busy spring since my daughter announced her engagement back in January. The wedding is in August so I am growing cut flowers in the raised beds that I normally fill with vegetables. I must say it’s a lot of fun doing something different. Since I grow all my annual flowers from seed that meant the greenhouse was packed to the brim from March until May. The best part was choosing the seeds. I ended up ordering seeds from Floret Flower Farm as they are the cut flower farmers best known in this area. It wasn’t until my daughter told me the wedding colour was blush that I cringed a little. Really, there isn’t a blush coloured flower that I know of but I am trying to get close to growing some. So being the crazy seed grower that I am I started a lot of different seeds. Let’s take a walk and I will show you some of my favourites so far.
Amaranth or Love Lies Bleeding is one of my favourite annuals to grow. Its got drama written all over it with its tassel like flowers that grow to almost a foot long. When my daughter walked through the garden she insisted this is the flower she wants on her wedding arch. I have to tell you, this is not what I thought she would choose. I picked this one because I like it. It wasn’t part of the wedding plan.
Say hello to Dianthus Dynasty White. This is an annual Dianthus so it will bloom all summer long. I love the hints of pink inside the petals. From a distance it looks pure white. There is a light fragrance to the flower but its not as scented as its perennial sisters.
One of my favourites is Phlox Blushing Bride. This annual phlox is part of the Sweetheart Collection at Floret Farms. Its multi coloured petals make it a winner for wedding decor. It has shorter stems than I would like but we can still use it. This Phlox grows to about 16″ high.
I love to grow Zinnias of all types and had a hard time choosing just a few. Above is Zinnia Mazurkia with its amazing white and rose petals. Talk about eye catching in the garden or vase. Its supposed to grow to 24″-36″ but it’s a young plant and only about 18″ high so far. This week I am pinching all the plants at 12″ high so I better get this variety done soon. I like to see the first bloom and then pinch.
Zinnia scabiosa Zinderella Lilac surprised me this month as I expected it to be more of a lilac colour. It’s a pale pink and lovely for a blush themed wedding. Zinnias flower from June to September and hold their flowers for a long time before you need to deadhead.
That’s it for todays favourite flowers in the garden. I am excited to be doing wedding flowers this year. Be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens to see what everyone else has in their gardens this month.