Worth Growing: Batchelor's Buttons

Monday, August 11, 2014

The crystal clear blue of these bachelor's buttons is lovely and unmatched by anything else I have in the flower field.

Not only do these make nice cut flowers, they are a lady bug magnet.  If you are looking to attract beneficial bugs to your garden, I would recommend these as one of your options.

These lovely flowers are easy to grow and will self sow.  Planting a few short rows every few weeks in the spring will give you a nice supply of cuts through out the summer.

Going out into the field and seeing all the ladybugs, bees, and other pollinators on the various flowers is so fascinating to me.  And once again I am reading an insect field guide cover to cover just like I did when I was 12.    

Add a small patch of bachelor's buttons to your garden plan next year and I think you will find them just as rewarding as I do.

Flowers: 8.6.14

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I am starting to feel more confident arranging flowers and more pleased with my results.  This is my favorite composition and color palette so far.  We have been using a similar flower and color combo frequently in our Farmer's Market bouquets.

Composed of: zinnias, asters, and plume celosia.

Worth Growing: Celosia

Friday, August 1, 2014

These beauties are my current favorites in the flower field.  Growing both crested and plume celosia side by side has made it fascinating to observe as them as they mature.  It can be hard to believe these two wildly different looking flowers are closely related.  See them as babies in this post

 The first two photos are of the crested celosia 'chief mix' from Johnny's seed.  I love their bold colors and interesting textures.  They are show stoppers at the farmers market and in a bouquet.

These next three photos are of the pampas plume celosia from Johnny's seeds.  They make excellent fillers in a mixed bouquet.  These photos don't quite capture the more subtle colors in this mix.  There are some lovely pale salmons among the more vibrant pinks.

Right now the plants are almost as tall as me.  Even after I have picked a full bucket, you can't even tell that the plants are reduced any.  The nice thing is that they don't have as narrow of a picking window in bloom and they are almost enjoying our 100 degree heat.  I think they would make a great low maintenance addition to anyone's casual cutting garden, but be sure to provide some support.   

If you want to go much deeper into celosia for cut flower production, be sure to visit Erin's blog Floret for her beautifully-photographed, detailed post on celosia.