Cut and Dried Flower Farm

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annuals

All our annuals & veggie plants found new homes

Well, I’ve finally found time to write my last newsletter of the season! Needless to say, we are now officially closed after a busy and successful 23rd season. We are pleased to report that all our annuals and veggie plants have found new homes and we are done for another year!
 
We certainly couldn’t operate this business without our tremendous farm employees – Kieron Rupke, Cathy Cook and Kelly French who started at the farm in February and grow and nurture all our babies long before you are even thinking of your gardens! They have all made various personal sacrifices this spring to be here to help during our insanely short plant selling season. For this I am truly grateful! I’m sure you’ll agree that their passion for gardening is contagious and that their customer service skills are exceptional. Thank you ladies and have a great summer!

We have had a short but successful season at the Creemore Farmers Market and we are pleased to still be a part of this vibrant organisation after all these years. Thank you to Daniel and Ben for getting up and out very early on Saturdays to help run our stall! Daniel is back at the market for the remainder of the year selling his home grown cut flowers, organic pumpkins and gourds.

We hope all your new plants thrive and that you enjoy a fantastic season in your garden. Please send us photos of your gardening triumphs for our brag page!

I hope you have enjoyed these newsletters - I feel it is a great way to stay in touch and I look forward to being in touch again soon!

Campfire Fireburst Bidens

Summer and Fall

Open by appointment

As we plant our perennials and shrubs throughout the year on landscaping jobs, we still have a very good selection at the farm. If you find yourself undertaking a new landscaping venture or are just in need of a few plants to fill in gaps over the summer or fall, please contact me and I would be happy to be open for a private shopping appointment.

We have perennials and shrubs for garden projects

Garden projects

Customer Appreciation Draw

An annual tradition

Congratulations to Annie Ropar, winner of our annual customer appreciation draw! Annie’s husband Alan recently picked out a selection of fall flowering perennials to brighten up their gardens at the end of the season. We hold the customer appreciation draw each year and a lucky winner receives $100 worth of plants. All newsletter subscribers are automatically entered. Enjoy your plants Annie and Alan and thank you for your continued business!

Alan Ropar with fall flowering perennials

Alan Ropar with fall flowering perennials

Fertilize your annuals!

Keep your plants happy, feed them!

So now you have your annuals planted – either in the ground or containers. Believe it or not the most important care that you can give them is not deadheading or watering – it’s fertilizing! Well, watering would be good idea too… with your fertilizer! There are two types of fertilizer. Slow release granules which are placed on the soil or mixed in slightly which release food slowly over the course of the season. All our planters and hanging baskets have slow release fertilizer added, but it would be best to add more once or twice through the season, especially if the plants are heavy feeders such as Petunias. Soluble fertilizer is mixed with water and should be applied at least once a week. At the farm we fertilize with every watering and you can do this too. A combination of these two types of fertilizer is ideal for annuals and will give you fabulous blooms and strong healthy growth until or even after frost hits.

Fertilize your annuals

Fertilize your annuals

Creemore veggie planters

Check out our culinary containers!

Once again this year, we were excited and pleased to be awarded the contract to design and grow the street planters for Creemore. Working with the BIA, we decided to incorporate some veggie and herb planters into the mix, with residents welcome to harvest some fresh produce for their own use. After much winter research, I came up with two separate designs that I thought would work well both aesthetically and growth wise. For the purposes of keeping plenty of colour on the street, only half the boxes are veggies and the other half are flowers.

The combinations are as follows:

Veggie combo 1:
Curly Kale
Eggplant Patio Baby (Dwarf variety)
Tomato Sweet ‘n Neat Scarlet (Dwarf Cherry Tomato)
Rosemary
Oregano
Curly Parsley
Thyme

Veggie combo 2:
Basil Genovese
Hot Pepper Loco (Small purple peppers, turning red)
Tomato Sweet ‘n Neat Yellow (Dwarf Cherry Tomato)
Rosemary
Oregano
Curly Parsley
Thyme

Flower combo:
Talinum limon (‘Thriller’ – tall, upright lime foliage with tiny pink flowers and red seed pods)
Zinnia Profusion Orange (‘Filler’ mounding bright orange flowers)
Lobularia Snow Princess (‘Spiller’ – trailing and mounding white flowers)
Petunia Supertunia Indigo Charm – (‘Spiller’ – trailing purple flowers)

We hope you enjoy this year’s combinations!

Creemore Container Veggie Combo

Creemore Container Veggie Combo

Creemore Container Flower Combo

Creemore Container Flower Combo

Follow our blog posts on ‘In the Hills’

Tips to help your garden

For a while now we have been posting our popular gardening tips on the ‘In the Hills’ website. Be sure to check out our monthly postings at inthehills.ca/blogs/the-flower-farm/. In the Hills magazine has some great articles on all kinds of local topics and makes for some interesting and engaging reading every month.

Follow our blog posts on ‘In the Hills’

Follow our blog posts on ‘In the Hills’

Dan’s Garden

Farm fresh bouquets

Last weekend, our 16 year old son Dan started selling his home grown cut flowers at both Rosemont and Creemore Farmers Markets. Dan’s Garden is his award winning business that he is running this summer and fall. He has planted over 2000 annual flowers for cutting and has been working hard to grow healthy plants through this drought. He will be at Rosemont Market on Fridays 3-7pm and Creemore Market Saturdays 9am -1pm throughout the season. We hope you will stop by to see his bouquets and support local youth entrepreneurship. If you would like more information, contact him by e mail at dansgarden2016@gmail.com or check out his website at dansgarden2016.wix.com.

Dan's home grown cut flower bouquets

Dan's Garden

Thank you!

A huge thank you from our family and staff for an amazing 23rd year. Without you – our loyal customers, we would certainly not be here, growing plants and doing what we love! So whether you are a long time customer or have just discovered us this year, give yourself a pat on the back for supporting a small, family business, shopping locally, helping to create local jobs and therefore stimulating our local economy – we really appreciate your business and again, THANK YOU!

Have a safe and happy summer, don’t forget to fertilize your annuals and enjoy your gardens. Stay in touch and please feel free to contact me with questions or queries over the summer.

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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