Cut and Dried Flower Farm

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annuals

Let us help you create your happy place!

Design a stunning outdoor space

We are now well into our main selling season and here on the farm, my staff and I are thoroughly enjoying ourselves – whether it is helping you beautify your home with ornamental plants or assisting in planning your food crops, everyone here is passionate about people, plants and the environment. We hope that you will take advantage of the combined knowledge of our staff and let us help you with your projects. Gardens are happy places and we want to help you create yours!

Our Fundraising Hanging Basket Challenge is now over. Thank you so much to those of you who voted! We received great publicity from the local press and over 700 votes were cast. If you are one of the seven lucky winners of a basket, you will be contacted in the next few days. The hanging basket that received the most votes was a gorgeous mix of purples, lilac and whites for a sunny location, designed and planted by Val White. Watch this space for more photos and news of the challenge as winners pick up their baskets and the amount of money raised for charity is announced.

We hope you will visit soon (or again!)

Val with her winning hanging basket!

Val with her winning hanging basket!

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

Fuchsia

Old fashioned flowers making a come back!

Two of the seven hanging baskets that were featured in our 2018 Hanging Basket Challenge used Fuchsias to make a real statement. This showy upright annual with unique hanging flowers comes in many colours and forms and has been around for ‘donkey’s years’. Many of us will remember our Grandmothers growing them. Over the last few years, with many other ‘newer’ annuals now available, Fuchsia has become more difficult to find. However, newer isn’t always better! Here at the farm, we have seen interest in Fuchsia increase again and have received many requests to grow more varieties.

This year, we are growing two stunning varieties. Dollar Princess features ruffled royal purple and red flowers, whereas the unusual violet-blue and white flowers of Delta’s Sarah work wonders to brighten up a shady area. Combine Fuchsias with other shade loving flowers such as Begonias, Lobelia, New Guinea Impatiens and foliage such as Ivy and Plectranthus Nico in hanging baskets or planters for a spectacular display all season long.

Fuchsia Dollar Princess

Fuchsia Dollar Princess

Fuchsia Delta's Sarah

Fuchsia Delta’s Sarah

Katie’s Tips

Growing Warm Season Veggies

Late May to mid June is the time to plant the majority of veggies in your garden. By this time, the soil will have warmed up enough to stimulate root and shoot emergence from a seed or allow root growth from a transplant.

Beets, beans, summer and winter squash, cucumber and pumpkin are veggies that can be purchased as plants or seeded directly into the garden. Whether you decide to direct seed or plant transplants is your choice. Many gardeners find planting transplants easier, but direct seeding is cheaper. If you choose to direct seed, sow in a shallow row. Another method that I like to use with large crops such as squashes and pumpkins is to mound up the soil in a circle about 2 – 3 feet wide and plant the seeds in the mound. Try growing scarlet runner beans up a teepee of bamboo stakes.

Peppers, tomatoes, okra, eggplant and fruits such as melons must be planted as transplants, since our growing season is not long enough to germinate seeds in outdoor soil conditions. Tomatoes can be planted up to the second set of leaves and roots will form down the buried stem. They should be staked or caged to keep the plants from falling over. Herbs such as basil, parsley, coriander, rosemary, and dill can also be planted now. Add them to your veggie garden or plant in amongst flowers.

Of course, you can still plant cool season veggies such as onions, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce and swiss chard now. Many people leave all the planting until now and do it all at once. If you are short on space in the garden, consider planting veggies in containers – most veggies can be successfully grown this way!

Now, weed, water and wait and you will be rewarded!

Fresh Grown Tomatoes!

Tomatoes
 

Monarda Purple Rooster

Great food for bees, hummingbirds and butterflies!

Monarda or Beebalm is a wonderful old fashioned perennial that is more commonly seen in gardens in its red form. A few years ago, my cutting supplier made an error and sent me purple plants instead of the pink that I had ordered, so that’s how I came to discover the lovely Purple Rooster! I have never grown pink again and Purple Rooster has become a standard item in our perennial collection. Plants grow up to 36” tall and will spread rapidly to form a large clump. Foliage and blooms have a lovely, distinctive fragrance.

As the name suggests, bees love Beebalm flowers as do hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Plant Beebalm in full sun for best results but remember that it grows tall so the back of the flower bed is a good spot with shorter plants in front. If you are already familiar with Beebalm you will know that it can be prone to a fungal disease called powdery mildew which can cause white marks on the foliage and eventually defoliate plants. The good news however, is that Purple Rooster has been bred to be resistant to powdery mildew – so no problem there, and a real bonus for Beebalm enthusiasts and all gardeners and pollinators!

Monarda Purple Rooster

Monarda Purple Rooster

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 started selling transplants for customers to grow their own at home. Flowers should be planted in full sun in either a designated cutting garden or just incorporated into other gardens.

Look for our tried and tested annual cut flower transplants - Zinnia, Aster, Salvia, Feverfew, Sweet Annie, Tithonia, Snapdragon, Ageratum, Cosmos, Statice, Bells of Ireland, Verbena, Sunflower, Gomphrena, Rudbeckia, Statice, 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. Try a few of these easy to grow flowers this year and enjoy your own cut flowers all summer long!

Grow a Cutting Garden

Grow a Cutting Garden

4H Garden Club Tour

Tomatoes and mosquitos!

Last week we were thrilled to welcome a group of keen young gardeners to the farm. The South Simcoe 4H Garden Club is part of the 4H Ontario organisation which aims to involve children and youth in rural activities. I always get excited when kids take an interest in gardening, so the evening was as much fun for me as it was for the kids! We started with a ‘round the world’ tour of the greenhouses and I explained our growing methods and the greenhouse equipment.

We talked about how to read plant tags, learnt about pests and biological pest control, learnt the difference between annuals and perennials and how to choose plants to create a mixed container planting. The members then selected a Tomato variety and potted it into a deck planter to grow for the season at their homes. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining this fantastic organization and one of the many local clubs, see this link for more information. I am looking forward to seeing photos of your Tomato plants, kids! (And I hope you are all recovered from your mosquito bites!)

South Simcoe 4H Garden Club

South Simcoe 4H Garden Club

Grow your own Pumpkins!

Easy and fun!

As gardeners, we are always thinking and planning ahead and this year is no exception! Its time now to start planning and planting crops for Halloween and Fall decorating! We grow a cool selection of Pumpkin and Gourd plants – choose from large orange pumpkins, small pie pumpkins, large white pumpkins or how about the Warty Goblin pumpkin, which as the name suggests is covered in bumps!

Gourds are also fabulous to grow, and come in a large range of sizes and shapes. All ornamental pumpkins and gourds should be grown away from edible pumpkins to avoid cross pollination. Plant early June, once the ground has warmed up and give them sun and space - they will spread fast and be very prolific producers.

We grow a cool selection of Pumpkins and Gourds

We grow a cool selection of Pumpkin and Gourd 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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