Cut and Dried Flower Farm

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Get your green thumb on!

Spring is here – right? Yes it is and this is a fabulous spring for plants – with temperatures changing more slowly and nights still being cold, spring bulbs last longer and the weeds don’t explode quite so crazily! A reminder though… All our shrubs, perennials, fruit and Violas are safe to plant now as they are tolerant of frost and cold. All other annuals, including hanging baskets, herbs, flowers and most veggies should be protected at night if temperatures are expected to fall below 5°C. Leave outside during the day to ‘harden up’ and bring inside at night until night temperatures are above 5°C.

Now is a great time to be starting to look at your garden with a critical eye – are there any gaps that can be filled with a shrub or perennials? Could your soil benefit from the addition of some compost or mulch? How about getting your veggie garden ready? Shrubs, perennials and fruit will all benefit from planting now. Many veggies can also be planted now – onions, leeks, kale, and broccoli. Lots to do before introducing more heat loving plants to your garden!

We had a fabulous Mothers Day weekend. Kids enjoyed planting Violas for their Moms and coffee, lemonade and cookies were popular. Everyone loved visiting with our cows and of course our dog Mac. It was great to see many of our regular and loyal customers emerging after the winter! Thanks to The Losereits from Everett, Sandy and Catriona from Schomberg, Kerri from Angus, Jo and Sherie from down the road, The Wilsons from Wasaga Beach, Gail from Glencairn, Theresa from Lisle, Tracey and family from Tioga and many many more. Even if I didn’t have time to chat personally, we very much appreciate your support. You are who keep us in business and doing what we love!

We're bursting with plants for your garden


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

New Guinea Impatiens

Unbeatable in the shade

Our annual New Guinea Impatiens crop this year is looking fantastic! We are growing 2 bright colours – Celebration Orange and Celebration Purple. New Guinea Impatiens are fabulous plants to grow in full or part shade. A few hours sunlight in the morning is perfect. They make lovely mounds of dark foliage about a foot high and are covered in large flowers all summer long. They are a great alternative to the bedding Impatiens, which in recent years have been attacked by a disease called Downy Mildew and should not be grown any more. Plant Celebration New Guineas in the ground, planters or hanging baskets. Combine with Bacopa and Begonias for a stunning combination that will flower all summer and brighten up any shady spot.

New Guinea Impatiens Orange

New Guinea Impatiens Orange

Victoria Day Weekend ~ Let’s Get Planting!

Kids planting activity

Mark the date

Let's get planting this
Victoria Day Weekend

Spend over $100 to receive one of our new ‘Instant Garden Pots’ for FREE!

Free coffee, lemonade and cookies
Kids planting activity

Gift certificates always available

Saturday May 21, Sunday May 22
and Monday May 23

9am to 5pm

How hot are our 2016 Hot Peppers?

Choose from 5 varieties

Hot peppers have intrigued gardeners for centuries, being used for a whole range of purposes. Nowadays, they are hard to resist, being easy and fun to grow, very productive small plants that you can always find a space for. They even bring out the rebel in us! Who hasn’t tentatively bitten into one not knowing what result may occur? This year, we are growing 5 varieties of hot peppers, ranging in shape, size, colour and heat. They can be grown in the ground or in containers. Plant in full sun and hope for a hot summer for the best yield. The heat of the fruit is measured using Scoville Heat Units. Each hot pepper has its own value attached - a lower number being less hot and a higher number indicating more heat. Keeping plants on the dry side will improve the heat factor too.

This is how our varieties rate for heat:

  • Hungarian Yellow Wax - 2000 SHU
  • Hot Portugal - 5000 SHU
  • Jalapeno - 6000 SHU
  • Loco - 24,000 SHU
  • Habanero Orange - 200,000 SHU

Hot peppers are easy and fun to grow

Hot peppers

Harvest hot peppers and use in any number of summer dishes or dry and store for use in the winter. My favourite recipe – sliced rings of fresh Jalapeno peppers, cheese and chopped fresh tomatoes sprinkled over tortilla chips and baked for a few minutes.

Katie’s Tips

The Downy Mildew Story

Downy Mildew is a disease of plants that has started affecting certain commercially grown ornamental plants in Ontario over the last 5 or 6 years. Bedding Impatiens, so widely grown for their excellent performance in shade are one of the plants that have been particularly badly hit. Today, plants will be growing beautifully but tomorrow, suddenly wilt and die fast. There are theories that the disease has come from inbreeding problems within the industry, but wherever it originated, please do not plant bedding Impatiens in your garden until the industry has this problem under control. They will likely die, and you will be out of pocket and have the work of replanting with other plants. Downy Mildew affects all bedding Impatiens varieties, including double and exotic types. Most socially responsible commercial growers are no longer growing these types of Impatiens. We have not grown them for 4 or 5 years now. Instead, there are several other options for colourful annual shade plantings.

Some include:

  • New Guinea Impatiens, various colours
  • Dragon Wing Begonia Red or Pink
  • Baby Wing Begonia White
  • Fibrous Begonia, various colours
  • Tuberous Begonia Non Stop, various colours
  • Bacopa Snow Globe
  • Coleus varieties

Downy Mildew affects all bedding Impatiens varieties,
including double and exotic types.


Gaillardia Arizona

Thrives in poor, well drained soil

Do you have any space near the front of your garden for a happy little perennial that loves heat, blooms all summer and never fails to please? If so, take a look at our two Gaillardia varieties – Arizona Sun and Arizona Apricot. Gaillardia or Blanket Flower is a popular perennial that has undergone recent breeding advances to improve on flowering time and colours. Both varieties thrive best in full sun and poor, well drained soil. For this reason, it is best not to fertilize. Arizona Sun is blanketed in large 3” fiery orange – red flowers tipped with a ring of bright yellow. Apricot boasts large, apricot flowers with yellow tips. Both have an incredibly long blooming season of 3 months or more even in hot and dry conditions. A must for any garden!

Gaillardia Arizona Sun and Arizona Apricot

Gaillardia varieties  Arizona Sun and Arizona Apricot

Primrose Eco Club

Young gardeners get excited about veggies!

One of my favourite things to do each spring is to spend some time working with kids and introducing them to the world of gardening and plants.This year was no exception, and in April, I did a presentation about vegetable gardening for the young gardeners in the Primrose Elementary School Eco Club. These young students really impressed me with their knowledge of gardening – they already have lots of experience growing a wide range of veggies in their school garden. We shared information about how to grow healthy veggies and ended with transplanting Big Beef Tomatoes and Marigolds for them to take home and plant in the school garden. Good luck with your garden this year kids!

Primrose Eco Club

Primrose Eco Club

Lilactree Farm Gardens in Mulmur

Local Inspiration

Looking for more local gardening inspiration? Visit Lilactree Farm open garden days May 22, June 5, June 19 from 10am to 4pm. The stunning three-acre gardens combining thoughtful design with unusual plantings was the cover story of the Spring 2012, In The Hills issue.

Directions and event details >

See you at the flower farm

Stop by soon! We are really looking forward to helping you with your plant choices this spring!

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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