Flower Journey 2020 — skygardenstx RSS



Peonies

You've come to the right place to follow a trail and error journey.  The very first flower I wanted to grow as a cut flower was a peony. I had dreams of a Texas Tulip sized operation where people could come cut peonies straight from the field. I LOVE them! In fact, my family and I tried planting a few in the spring of 2020 with no luck. After studying these plants and their growing habits, I know where we might have gone wrong. They enjoy the cold weather, and though various species can grow in zones 3-8, it is not always easy in the warmer climates (we are in zone 7). This is evident by the fact that there are...

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Tulips

Tulips are always a favorite! It was our goal to find the most unique and loved varieties known to man. We are excited to see how they flourish this season. 11.10.2020 The photo above was taken quickly while we were trying to get all 3000 bulbs in the ground before the sun went down. When planting tulips for cut flowers, place them close together - like eggs in a carton. Here we are, trying out this method for the first time.  11.19.2020 Putting a few more tulips in the ground. ;) 1.8.2021 While scratching the surface, I found this little guy peaking through! I believe this is the first tulip sprout of the season (screaming with excitement) 😍

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Anemones

Anemones are beautiful flowers, though their name makes many think of Finding Nemo. These beauties are cold hardy, but much like ranunculus, do not tolerate extremely cold temperatures. For that reason, we have them under low tunnels and put frost cloths on whenever the forecast gets into the low twenties. They have been slow to come up this year, but we are looking forward to seeing them once they are in full bloom.  10.31.2020 Above was us working the ground. Mixing in manure compost before putting the babies in the ground.    11.15.2020 This picture shows a baby anemone just popping up above soil level.    1.4.2021 The two pictures above show where the anemones are at currently. Some of them...

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Ranunculus

These little plants will be prolific bloomers come spring time. While they are cold hardy, ranunculus do not enjoy temperature below 20 degrees for more than a couple of hours at a time. For that reason, we keep them under low tunnels and cover them with frost cloths any time the temperatures get too cold. As you can see, each plant is growing at its own pace right now; however, it will not be long before they are all creating beautiful flowers. They will be among the first flowers to bloom this spring. It’s about time to get excited! :) 10.31.2020 These trays are full of ranunculus right before we planted them. They were being pre-sprouted in these trays for...

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