Cut and Dried Flower Farm

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Local Farm, Local Plants

Thank you for shopping with us!

It is so great to see so many of our loyal customers and also plenty of new faces too! We really appreciate your support of our small local business – we realize that you do have choices. We hope that we are providing you with the excellent customer service that you have come to expect and that you are more than happy with your plants! Please tell your friends about us, and follow us on Facebook.

Flowers, veggies, herbs! We have a wide variety of locally grown plants.

Flowers, veggies, herbs! We have a wide variety of locally grown plants.

A few reasons to shop locally (with us!):
Local economic stimulus: When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned ones, more money is kept in the community since locally owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses. Here at the farm, we use local companies for much of our plant material, as well as printing, web design, t shirts, furnace maintenance, porta potty rental, propane and newspaper advertising to name just a few others. Purchasing locally helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.
Non profits receive greater support: Local business owners donate more to local charities, fundraisers and events than non local owners. We are happy to support many organizations. We are still running our hanging basket challenge – the contest ends on Sunday 27th, so stop by and vote before then! Help us reach our goal of $1000, all to be donated to charity!
Unique businesses create character and prosperity: The unique character of our local community is defined partly by the businesses that operate within it, which in turn plays a big part in our overall satisfaction with where we live and the value of our home and property.
Most new jobs are created by local businesses: Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Plus the more jobs we have in our local community, the less people have to commute, meaning less traffic and pollution, less use of fossil fuels and lower costs for employees to travel to work.

Come pick up your custom containers!

Custom Container Planting Service

If you have taken advantage of our custom container planting service, your planters are ready to be picked up anytime! They look fabulous!

2018 Opening Times

We're open daily April 27 to June 17
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 19 to June 16

Haskap Berries

New and unique flavour!

Haskap berries are new, delicious and easy! Imagine a plump, blue, juicy berry that tastes like a cross between a blueberry and a raspberry - that is a Haskap! You won’t find these fruits in the grocery store and they are easy to grow in a home garden. We have two varieties of Haskap – Yezberry Maxie and Yezberry Solo. Solo will bear fruit without a pollinator, but grows larger and more numerous berries when planted alongside another Yezberry variety such as Maxie. Maxie needs a pollinator, so best to plant one of each variety to ensure abundant fruit set on both plants. Yellow flowers appear in very early spring and develop into luscious blue berries in early summer. Bushes require full sun and grow to a height of over 5 feet. As with other fruit, protection from birds is recommended. Since they fruit on old wood, no pruning is required. Eat berries fresh, or use in sauce, jam, beverages or desserts. See video below for inspiration!

Yezberry Maxie
Photo courtesy of Proven Winners

Yezberry Maxie

5 ways to enjoy Sugar Mountain or Yezberry Haskaps

5 ways to enjoy Sugar Mountain or Yezberry Haskaps

Dragon Wing Begonia

Have you experienced the ‘Dragon’ yet?

Dragon Wing Begonias are one of my favourite annuals of all time – everyone needs a Dragon Wing somewhere in their garden! Flowers are either bright red or soft pink, both with a yellow centre and are held above beautiful glossy green ‘wing’ shaped leaves. The effect is an upright bushy clump with foliage that arches and flowers that hang. The best thing about these Begonias is that they will grow in any light from full sun to full shade. They are not fussy! If they are grown in full sun, you will find them to be extremely drought and heat tolerant. As with all other annuals, they should be fertilized regularly - if the leaves turn red or start to curl, they need more food. I love the bright red Dragon Wing Begonia, combined with foliage such as Sweet Potato Vine Lime or flowers such as yellow Bidens Goldilocks, or Petunia Royal Velvet. Dragon Wing Red and Pink are available in numerous planter and hanging basket combinations and individual 4” pots. Not to be missed!!

Dragon Wing Begonia

Dragon Wing Begonia
 

Katie's Tips

Check your Lilies for Red Lily Beetle

I was poking around in my own gardens last week and was dismayed to see my Fritillaria lilies being attacked by adult Red Lily Beetles and some eggs already laid. The early extreme warm weather last week had caused them to become active. My Asiatic lilies are just poking through the ground and they were being attacked too. I spent a good hour squashing them!

The Red Lily Beetle is a garden insect pest that has been introduced from Europe. Like all other introduced pests it has no natural predator. Although rare when it was first discovered in Ontario in 1993, it has since become much more common and is now a serious garden pest, feasting upon any type of true garden Lily, including Asiatic and Oriental Lilies. (Daylilies may be slightly affected, but the real damage is usually to the bulbous true Lilies.)

The bright red beetle is slightly larger than a Ladybug, but is spotless. Adult beetles overwinter in the soil, emerge in early spring and spend the rest of the season defoliating Lilies while laying eggs. The eggs, laid in rows are bright orange in colour and are found on the underside of leaves. They hatch in 1 week and larvae quickly begin feeding. The larvae camouflage themselves in their own waste and are easily mistaken for bird droppings. Within 14 days, they drop to the ground, where they pupate and emerge as adults 2 or 3 weeks later. The best way to control this nasty pest is to continually scout for the adults, larvae and eggs. Wipe the eggs off with a soapy cloth and drop adults and larvae into a bowl of soapy water. If you keep up with the scouting then you should be able to eliminate the pest. If your Lilies are afflicted, don't share plants with fellow gardeners as this will contribute to the spread of the pest.

Red Lily Beetle

Red Lily Beetle

Geranium Rozanne

Katie’s fave!

We have grown many varieties of perennial Geranium or Cranesbill over the years, but Rozanne is definitely my favourite, for many reasons. This hardy Geranium is one of the longest blooming perennials in our gardening zone. Large, saucer shaped 2” wide flowers are violet – blue with a white eye. Flowers last non stop from spring to fall, requiring no deadheading, and keeping maintenance to a minimum.

Plants form sprawling mounds, and are vigorous, spreading 2 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall each season. Use Geranium Rozanne at the front of the bed next to yellows and pinks or plant large groupings for an easy and colourful ground cover. I can’t say enough great things about this plant! – definitely one of my all time top 10 perennials!

Geranium Rozanne

Geranium Rozanne

Fundraiser Hanging Basket Challenge

Which basket will be our 2018 Champion?

Competition is really heating up in our staff hanging basket challenge! We only have a few days of voting left, so please drop by before 5pm on Sunday May 27th to vote for your favourite hanging basket combination. All votes are a chance to win the basket, with proceeds being donated to a charity that the designer of the winning basket will select. We are currently at $700 raised and we hope to reach our goal of $1000 before Sunday! All seven baskets are colourful combinations that will flourish all season long. Two baskets are suited for shade or part shade and the other five will thrive in sun or part sun. Even if you have already voted, please do so again – baskets are growing and changing by the day!

Drop by before 5pm on Sunday May 27th to vote for your favourite hanging basket

Hanging Basket Challenge

Specialty Hot Peppers

Need some heat in your life?

Browse our collection of specialty Hot Pepper varieties and you may be inspired to try some new varieties and become a hot pepper connoisseur! Our selection includes many different types, shapes, sizes, colours and strengths of heat. The heat strength of hot peppers is measured in Scoville Heat Units (shu).

Varieties vary enormously from the mild Aji Rico chili pepper (500 shu) which has a refreshing citrus flavour to the extremely hot Ghost Chili, (1,000,000 shu), 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. Hot Peppers are easy to grow, especially in a long, hot summer. Plant in full sun in containers or in the ground and water as required. As the plant grows, flowers will form which then grow into peppers. Harvest as the peppers ripen. Use fresh in your favourite recipes or dry in a low temperature oven and store for the winter. Always handle, prepare and eat hot peppers with caution!

2018 specialty hot pepper plants we're growing and their Scoville Heat Units.

Hot Pepper Plants

Hot Pepper Plants

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! See more photos and regular growing updates on our Facebook page.

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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