Cut and Dried Flower Farm

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Spring has Sprung and we are OPEN!

Very Happy Spring Greetings to all our loyal customers and friends! Here at the Flower Farm, we are so pumped to be starting our 23rd season in business! We have been working away since the end of February, some mornings digging our way into the greenhouses… so it is very gratifying to see all our hard work starting to blossom – literally! The plants really are looking stunning this year. We have made all sorts of changes this winter, from young plant suppliers to new fertilizer, to a new shrub supplier and even 3 new furnaces. The result is many new and stunning varieties of perennials and annuals, the return of annual cut flower varieties, a much larger range and quantity of veggies and herbs and many more surprises! Everything is looking healthy and happy and is waiting to be loved by you!

A wide selection of plants in our 5 greenhouses

Greenhouses

Now is the time to drop off your planters and take advantage of our Custom Container Planting Service. Let us know your favourite colours and plants and we will design, plant and grow your containers for you. Pick up in a month and they will be full and beautiful!

Custom Container Planting Service

Custom Container Planting Service

So drop by soon – we can't wait to show you this year's babies!

2016 Opening Times

We're open daily April 29 to June 19
9am to 5pm


Visa, Mastercard, Interac, Cash or Cheque accepted
Gift certificates available – great idea for your favourite gardener!

See us at the Creemore Farmers Market
Saturday mornings from May 21 to June 19
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Dicentra Gold Heart

Dicentra Gold HeartNew twist on a classic favourite perennial

This yellow leaved Bleeding Heart is new find this year and looks absolutely fabulous! Bleeding Hearts are one of the most popular and best loved perennials for shady spring colour. They typically grow quite tall with green foliage and white or pink flowers. Dicentra Gold Heart, however is a radiant yellow leaved Bleeding Heart which will create a brilliant focal point in the shade garden.

It will grow 18” - 24” tall and requires full to part shade. Arching sprays of heart shaped pink flowers appear late spring. As with other varieties of Bleeding Heart, the plant will go dormant in the summer, so plant plenty of other colour around it which will take over the space in the summer and fall. Good companion plants include Hostas, Astilbes or Brunnera. I know I will be finding a space for Gold Heart in my gardens this year – if there are any left!

Photo courtesy Walter Gardens Inc.

Mothers Day Madness

Mother's Day Madness

Don't miss our popular annual event
 
Mothers Day Madness!

What better treat for Mom, than a trip to the Flower Farm to pick out some plants?

10% off all plants

Kids - plant a Pansy for Mom
Free coffee and cookies
Gift certificates available

Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th
9am to 5pm

Introducing our 2016 team

Your gardening experts!

We are very pleased and fortunate to have our three wonderful greenhouse ladies back again this year. Kieron, Kelly and Cathy have had their hands in the soil since the end of February growing and nurturing this year’s crops. Kieron Rupke is returning for her 6th year at the farm. Raised on a veggie farm in the Holland Marsh, growing has always been in her blood. Kieron now has a very broad knowledge of all types of gardening and plant care – including shrubs, perennials, native plants and organic vegetable growing. Kelly French is returning for her 2nd year at the farm. Kelly has planted a lot of custom annual planters this year for us and has some wonderful ideas about annual plant combinations for your own planters. Cathy Cook is also returning for her 2nd year with us and together with her husband runs a hobby farm with a huge veggie garden. Her onions are already planted! She is looking forward to helping you with all your veggie questions.

Our daughter Roz will be helping out on weekends again at the farm – she really enjoys working with children and time permitting, would love to show your kids around our farm and greenhouses. Chris, and our sons Dan and Ben will be at the Creemore Farmers Market again this year with all kinds of goodies. More about that later! All our staff and family are looking forward to welcoming you back to the farm this spring and are totally committed to making your trip here productive, helpful and fun!

Cathy Cook, Kieron Rupke and Kelly French

Cathy Cook, Kieron Rupke and Kelly French

Cut Flower Transplants

Grow your own bouquets this summer!

As most of you know, the Flower Farm was originally established in 1993 to grow flowers for cutting and drying. Over the years, as our business evolved and priorities changed, we stopped the field production (2001) and limited the sale of transplants to custom orders (2012). Over the last couple of years however, it seems as if people are becoming excited about home grown cut flowers again - I have noticed that more customers are interested in growing a designated cutting garden or just incorporating a few varieties into other gardens. As a result, we are pleased this year to announce the return of Katie’s tried and tested annual cut flower transplants. Look for Zinnia, Aster, Salvia, Feverfew, Tithonia, Snapdragon, Ageratum, Cosmos, Statice, Bells of Ireland, Verbena, Sunflower, Celosia and Amaranthus. Many of these flowers are old fashioned or cottage garden varieties that have been improved by breeding over the years. You can be sure that by purchasing here, all varieties have been fully researched and trialed by Katie to provide the most productive and healthy stems for cutting. Why not try a few of these easy to grow flowers this year and enjoy your own cut flowers all summer long?

Cut Flower Transplants

Cut Flower Transplants

Portulaca Mojave Fuchsia and Tangerine

Hot colour for hot spots!

If you have a spot for a hanging basket which is extremely hot and dry or an area of garden in full, hot sun, why not check out our two new annual Portulacas?  Mojave Fuchsia and Tangerine are bred by my favourite plant breeders, Proven Winners to withstand drought and heat. They are low growing plants and will quickly form a mat of large, vibrant bright pink or orange flowers. We are growing both colours in hanging baskets and also in 4” pots. Very easy, happy colour all season!

Mojave Fuchsia and Tangerine Portulacas

Mojave Fuchsia and Tangerine Portulacas

Katie’s Tips

Deer and rabbit resistant plants

Most of us find out the hard way that hungry deer and rabbits will eat almost any plants. It can become a real problem, both in country gardens and also in more urban areas. Damage caused by deer and rabbits is not hard to identify – browsing deer often leave a jagged or torn surface on twigs and stems. Rabbit or rodent damage will leave a clean cut surface, usually at a 45 degree angle, like a person has snipped the plant with a good pair of pruners. Even though there are few truly deer and rabbit resistant plants you can, however make your garden a little less inviting by including plants they dislike and excluding those they prefer. In general deer and rabbits avoid plants with a sticky or rough texture, plants with spines or prickles and many plants with fragrant foliage.

Perennials least liked by deer and rabbits

Anenome Daffodil Lavender
Astilbe Delphinium Ornamental Grasses
Beebalm Euphorbia Peony
Blanket Flower Foxglove Rosemary
Bleeding Heart Hellebore Salvia
Buddleia Hyssop Siberian Iris
Catmint Icelandic Poppy Yarrow
Columbine Lady’s Mantle  
Coreopsis Lambs Ear  

Deer Eating Hostas

Deer Eating Hostas
Some plants, including the ones listed below are definite favourites. Try to avoid these plants or use them as lures to protect more treasured plants.

Plants loved by deer and rabbits

Apple Crocus Penstemon
Bearded Iris Daylily Perennial Geranium
Black Eyed Susan Hemlock Phlox
Cedar Hollyhock Sedum
Cherry Hosta Tulip
Coneflower Impatiens  

See you at the flower farm

We look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you so much for your continued business and support – it is our pleasure to be growing for you!

Katie Dawson
Cut and Dried Flower Farm
(705) 424 9319
Map and Directions

Katie Dawson

Cut and Dried Flower Farm
8530 Concession 3, Box 9, Glencairn, Ontario, L0M 1K0 Canada
Phone/Fax 705-424-9319
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