Cut and Dried Flower Farm

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annuals

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Well, time is ticking on – we’re into June and summer is almost here! Plants are growing rapidly outside as they soak up the moisture from winter and spring. Of course, this means weeds too. Don’t forget that we have a good supply of shredded cedar mulch available. It’s naturally coloured and will fade over 2 or 3 years to a grey colour as it weathers and breaks down into the soil. Mulch is great for spreading on your garden to help reduce weed growth and keep moisture in the ground. Our mulch is available in either small bags or bulk for pick up and delivery. Please contact us to set an appointment for loading or ordering delivery of bulk quanities.

We've a good supply of shredded cedar mulch

Mulch

We have only 2 more weeks at the Creemore Farmers Market, although Dan will be there again in the summer and fall with his cut flowers, pumpkins and gourds. If you have not yet discovered this gem in our community, head on over. If you are a regular, we really look forward to seeing you every week and thank you for supporting us – it’s a big job to select, load, set up, sell, load again and restock each week – in all weather!!

Sunday June 19th will be our last day open, so come by soon. We still have a variety of plants to choose from, all in fabulous condition!

Read on to find out about Brian

Brian

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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Dinosaur Kale

Italian Heirloom Variety

Over the last few years, kale has become a very popular leafy green vegetable to grow and eat. It can be prepared raw in salads or cooked in all kinds of dishes. Its nutritional qualities are exceptional! A cup provides more than 100% of the daily value of vitamin A and K and 88% of the daily value of vitamin C. Not to mention the rich source of organosulphur compounds which have been linked to cancer prevention. Kale is very easy to grow, having exceptional tolerance to heat and cold – it will keep producing long after the fall frosts hit.

Dinosaur Kale

Dinosaur Kale

Most gardeners are familiar with curly kale but Dinosaur Kale, otherwise known as Tuscan Kale, Black Kale or Lacinato Kale is less common. After doing a bit of research last winter I realized I should be growing young plants for sale in the greenhouses. This Italian heirloom variety has a long tradition of use in Italian cuisine and is considered by many gardeners and cooks to be superior to the curly kales. Its leaf type is unique - extra dark green, non curled but heavily blistered (savoyed) and very large. Rich and tender leaves have a softer texture than curly kales and are sweeter and milder. Plants are large and very productive. I am hesitant to post recipes that I haven’t tried, put a quick google search will yield many tempting recipes – from salads to chips. I’m definitely reserving a spot in my veggie garden this year for some dinosaurs!

Katie’s Tips

Aphid Control

Aphids are common insect pests in this area. They can attack a huge range of plants - outdoor plants, indoor plants, ornamentals or edibles. Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and veggies can all be affected. Aphids can be a real nuisance in gardens, especially as the temperature warms up in the summer. The aphid itself is a soft bodied insect, about 2mm long which feeds on sap from plants. They have a short life cycle and will reproduce rapidly, so they are usually found in large numbers. They love tender new growth so will often congregate on the new growing points of plants. There are numerous different types of aphids – most easily distinguished by colour – green, black, peach, grey or red. As they suck the sap from a plant, the plant will weaken – leaves will look distorted and will often be covered in sticky honeydew which the aphids excrete. The worst case scenario is that the plant will die. However, on perennials and shrubs only the new growth will be affected and the plant will most likely be fine the next growing year. Aphids are usually quite host specific, meaning that if they like a particular variety of plant they will quite often stay on it and not spread to different varieties that may be close by. This is a good thing!

Aphids are also known as plant lice

Aphids also known as plant lice

If you see any evidence of aphids, they can easily be treated with a homemade soap and water spray. In a spray bottle, combine 40 parts water to 1 part dish soap (not hand soap) and spray on the affected areas. Ensure that the spray thoroughly coats the insects – use your hand to cover everything including stems and tops and bottoms of foliage well. Leave for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with plain water. Rinsing with water is important as, left unrinsed the soap will burn the leaves – then you are left with a bigger mess! Keep checking the plant for signs of reinfection and be prepared to reapply as necessary.

Angelonia Archangel

Tough little garden treats!

These lovely little annuals, sometimes known as Summer Snapdragon are such a sweet addition to any garden or container. Flower spikes rise above the foliage and are covered in small intensely coloured orchid type blooms. These little plants look so delicate but are really extremely tough! Growing to 12” tall, they will withstand hot and dry conditions, thriving in full sun. The colours we have grown this year are gorgeous - Dark Rose and Dark Purple. Angelonia will combine with most other sun loving annuals. Try with Talinum Limon and Euphorbia Diamond Frost for a delicate airy look that’s tough in heat. Oh and did I mention, ‘no deadheading required’?

Summer Snapdragon

Summer Snapdragon

Farm Tours

The Dazzling Damsels

In May we welcomed two community groups to the farm for greenhouse tours. The Dazzling Damsels – the Red Hat Ladies group from the Bradford area booked a tour for early in the month. None of the ladies had visited the farm before, so it was particularly great to host them. The Brentwood Horticulture Society came in late May for their tour. I love giving tours as it provides visitors with a real appreciation of the work involved in growing our crop. A typical visit involves an hour long guided tour of our greenhouses, during which I explain our history, growing methods, talk about plants and answer gardening questions. Visitors then have plenty of time for shopping at the end. If you would like to book a tour for the 2017 season, please contact me! We are happy to host your group – young or old.

The Dazzling Damsels

The Dazzling Damsels

New Ornamental Grasses

Blue Paradise and Desert Plains

Ornamental grasses add graceful texture and movement to the garden. I am always on the lookout for new perennial grass varieties – they are so great in this area, with our warm summers. In the heat of August they will always look fabulous. Deer will tend to avoid grasses too which can be a real bonus. Two varieties that I have just discovered this year are both medium sized grasses – reaching about 3 feet in height. They are good ‘middle of the garden’ grasses, not so overwhelming in height as some other taller types. Schizachyrium Blue Paradise (Little Bluestem) is upright and columnar with silvery blue foliage with purple flowers in the summer and a deep wine fall colour. Pennisetum Desert Plains (Fountain Grass) has narrow, green leaves which form an upright vase shaped clump. Showy 5” bottlebrush flower plumes are held above the foliage and emerge smoky purple, fading to tan. Grasses can be planted en mass or singly – I like planting in groups of three in amongst other flowering perennials. They provide all season interest and are EASY!

*Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

Pennisetum Desert Plains and Schizachyrium Blue Paradise

Ornamental Grasses

Farm wildlife

Bird babies, Brian and a Hummingbird Moth

I couldn’t end this newsletter without mentioning our latest wildlife encounters! Firstly, we have two resident bird families making nests in the perennial house – a pair of Chipping Sparrows hatched 4 eggs in the Delphiniums and raised the youngsters. They flew away one by one last Monday. The other nest in the Astilbes we think belongs to a pair of House Sparrows and the 5 youngsters were a little later hatching out. They are still there, growing stronger every day. On a hanging basket last week we spotted a Hummingbird Moth taking a break. These moths are very cool! Finally, if you haven’t met Brian, our rescue kitten yet, ask one of our kids to show him off! He needed a home and he’s been bringing much needed joy and distraction into an otherwise busy and crazy time of year in our house!

House Sparrow Babies

House Sparrow Babies

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth

See you at the flower farm

Thank you for your continued business and support – It is our pleasure to be growing for you!

See you soon at the farm or market.

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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