Have you got what it takes to be a serious flower farmer? Not a gardener, but an actual ‘I do this for a living’ kind of person. Liz Cardella does. Liz is pretty much a one-woman business when it comes to Collie Flower Farm in Woodstock, IL.
What has Liz got that perhaps you don’t? . . . → Read More: So You Want To Be A Flower Farmer
It seemed like such a simple task. A rainy day. A little painting in the basement before work. Just a few signs and a small fence. The operative word here is ‘seemed’, because I have once again proved that everyone needs an editor. Now keep in mind that I do Instructional Design for a living, . . . → Read More: In the ‘Oops’ Category
See that smile on Mike’s face? That is what happens when his dahlia tubers make it through the winter and he can start propagating. 53 pots of dahlias planted last week and still counting. The plan is for each of those to send up sprouts, and for each sprout to become a plant. Most of . . . → Read More: 53 Pots of Dahlias and Counting
Bella! That was Paula’s exuberant description of our dahlias. Paula is visiting from Italy. Fortunately, she is visiting a neighbor, not us, as we don’t speak Italian. But I knew it was good when she opened her arms wide in our dahlia garden and said ‘Bella’. Again and again ‘Bella’. And I knew it . . . → Read More: Bella! Our Dahlias are Bella!
This is the time of year I always make new friends. Our garden club helped folks make 65 new friends last week, and I personally made 2. Here they are, happily greeting passers-by on this (dare I say it) first day of autumn.
Kinda scary isn’t it? Autumn – already. And just when I almost . . . → Read More: Autumn Greetings From Me and My New Friends
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We had quite the garden party this year, with over a hundred notable guests. They were all from the same family, one with quite a bit of inbreeding I must admit. Did I mention they were all dahlias? 76 varieties were invited, with 113 plants in attendance.
It helped . . . → Read More: The Dahlia Family Garden Party
Mike is up to something. He disappears into the basement for hours at a time. He does that regularly this time of year. He becomes the mad scientist in his laboratory, planning to emerge victorious in May as his 52 pots of dahlias are transformed into 350 dahlia plants. Last year he probably grew 700 . . . → Read More: Making More Dahlias
Bad news – The first frost took down our dahlias. Good news – The first frost turned them into some pretty scary looking dead plants appropriate for the Halloween season.
Our dahlia garden went from full bloom to fully cut down in a 36 hour period.
We started with this last Monday morning …
. . . → Read More: Kiss The Dahlias Goodbye
Field Trip! I was in Milwaukee for a business trip, which of course means you get to see pictures of a garden I visited. Writing for you gives me a reason to visit gardens when I’m out of town (as if I need a reason). If you want to get picky about it, Boerner is . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – What’s Blooming at Boerner?
2500 dahlias is quite the site to see. I know because Mike and I attended the American Dahlia Society‘s National Show in Grand Rapids Michigan last weekend. That sort of trip happens when your husband is President of Central States Dahlia Society, and looking at the planning process. Our Society is hosting the show in . . . → Read More: 2500 Dahlias And Counting