Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Taking care of your Cut flowers

With the start of Flower season, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone on how to take care of your cut flowers for maximum vase life.

First and foremost, flowers cannot be left in your car for even a short period of time.  So I always suggest that your local flower shop be your last stop or your only stop and you go straight home.

When you get them home, give them a fresh cut on a 45 degree angle.  This increases the surface area for water uptake. Use cold water to fill your vase and use the flower food provided.  Follow the directions on the package for amount of water.  Always check you flowers everyday.  They will probably need topping up with water after 24hrs.  Cuts such as peonies and woody stems drink a lot of water and you do not want them to get low on water.

If the water looks cloudy, take the flowers out and wash the vase.  Refill with cold water and give the stems a fresh cut.  You only have to remove about 1/4".  If the water is clear, I would still recommend changing the water and recutting the stems at day 3.

If you do not have flower food, you would want to change the water daily.

Here are a few other tips:

Keep your flowers out of the sun.  No direct sunlight.  Nothing fades cut flowers faster than the sun.

If your home is a bit warm, try putting some ice cubes in the water to cool the flowers down.

But most of all enjoy their fleeting beauty.




Thursday, May 24, 2018

Opening day: May 26th

We will official kick off the 2018 flower season this Saturday.  Hours are 10 to 5 pm.
Peonies are in full bloom.
After Saturday our Flower shop hours will be Wed to Saturday 10 to 5 pm.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again this season.




Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Flower Farm Update.

Spring is finally here!  Things are super busy here on the flower farm.   Lots of new perennials going in.  Select roses opened last weekend and I came home with a truck full of new roses.  I can now officially call one of our greenhouses a Rose house because it is fully planted with just roses.  I am so looking forward to seeing them blooming this year.

I am also about half way through the annuals seeding frenzy.  Needless to say there are lots of baby plants that are needing constant attention.

Here is what's up for seeding this week. Strawflowers, Scabiosa (annual) and Globe Amaranth.  These seeds are planted into soil blocks and put under grow lights until they are big enough the handle the weather outside.

This is the only flower on the farm right now!  One crate of anemones that was left over from last spring's planting.  I put it in one of the greenhouses last fall and forgot about it.  It survived and is celebrating spring.  This one will end up on my window sill this week.


 Aren't these so cute!!  Baby snapdragons.
 Digitalis (foxglove).  Usually I plant these in the fall, but decided to also try a spring planting to get a second crop.  These are just about ready to be hardened off and planted outside.
 And of course, everyones favourite, Peonies.  Just starting to show some growth.   Looking forward to seeing these blooms mid to late May.


Just a reminder that we hope to be re-opening the Flower shop in Mid to late May.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wedding Flowers

Happy New Year!  We are currently taking bookings for the 2018 Wedding Season. 

We offer two Wedding Flower Programs.  Design services and DIY By the Bunch. 

If you are looking for locally grown, seasonal garden flowers for you wedding, send an email to countryflowers@shaw.ca or call 604-530-4027.  Please include details such as wedding date,  wedding theme, color palette, and numbers of each item you are wanting such as bridal bouquets, corsages, table centres.  I would be happy to put together a flower proposal for you.

Check out our Pinterest boards to see our gallery of wedding bouquets, corsages/Bouts, Vase designs, mason jar table centres  and decorating flowers and so much more.  

If you are a DIY Bride, check out what is available each month from the garden.  

June
July
Aug/sept

Here are a few treasures from 2017. 


I loved this bouquet.  It was most special because I used our own garden roses in  it.   

Wrist corsages.  These were super popular for 2017.


A close of a arch swag.  Big fluffy dahlias and roses.   

Our very popular jam jar filled with garden flowers.  Perfect for table centres. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Flower shop is Closed.

We are now closed until May 2018.  Thanks again for supporting our little flower farm.  My husband and I are off for a much needed vacation.




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August flower update.

This flower season had been like no other so far.  A late start but then hot and dry.  Thank goodness we are pretty set for watering with drip systems in most areas and a nice deep well.   The flowers did not suffer too much, but the flower farmer did.  I am so glad for a few cooler days to get caught up on some clean up.

It is officially Dahlia season.  The much waited for late summer blooms are here.  They are available by the stem so you can mix and match as many colors as you like.

Here are some scenes from the garden.  I took my camera off auto focus and played a bit with some composition.  I did manage to get some good shots.

The zinnias have done really well this year.  They loved the hot and dry weather.  This is a new one this year called Queen Red Lime.  I love it.
 Cosmos going gang busters.  This is one flower that I can never keep up to picking.

 This is Queen lime zinnia.  Also a great addition to the zinnia patch.

 And of course some dahlias.


 Last but not least, my all time favourite sunflower is in bloom.  Soraya is the perfect flower.  Just the right size and always facing the right way.