Flowers and Seasons
There are 4 general seasons occurring on Earth - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Flowers and seasons are intimately bound to each other. Each flower has a preferred growing and blooming temperature as well as available day light hours. And each season provides different temperatures and day lengths.
Growing with the seasons means carefully selecting the flowers, scheduling and planting sowing times, and constantly checking the weather forecast.
Did you know that 80% of all the flowers in the US are imported?! We are here to be a s mall part of the change to bring back domestic products. :)
We focus exclusively on growing things that are in season here in the PNW climate. This means we won't be growing any roses in February!
Let's breakdown each season.
Spring really kicks off the season for flowers and brings much needed color to our homes after a dreary gray PNW winter. Flowers that bloom in the spring are either perennials or planted the fall prior and have overwintered in the ground.
Spring: Tulips, Narcissus, Ranunculus, Flowering Branches, Sweet Peas, Icelandic Poppies, Irises, Peonies, and Stock.
Summer brings the biggest bounty! Lots of annuals and perennials bloom once the soil has warmed up and the sun is shining. This is the time for roses in the PNW. ;)
Summer flowers include: Sunflowers, Lisianthus, Pincushion Flowers, Roses, Celosia, Amaranthus, Carnations, Zinnias, Cosmos, Phlox and ornamental grasses.
We can expect many flowers in the fall as well. And the season can be extended by providing the flowers with some shelter in an unheated hoop house.
Fall: Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Marigolds, Rudbeckia, Asters, Pumpkins and decorative gourds.
During the winter a few flowers can be forced inside but most of the color will be coming from a Christmas tree and evergreens. :)
Winter: Amaryllis, Paperwhites, Tulips, Evergreens for wreaths and garlands
AND last but not least dried flowers are available year round and last for a few years!
I hope to update this list as we try things out on the farm. Each season is exciting and brings lots of opportunity to plant, harvest or rest.