This year has been full of changes for me and I have found myself doing a tremendous amount of soul searching. I recently left my steady job with benefits, a salary and a classroom full of high school students that made me want to pull my hair out, but also brought a huge smile to my face every time they walked into my room. It is scary to enter the unknown, to start something that requires courage, persistence, hard-work, and follow-through.
I have always been an enthusiastic gardener, but now I am embarking on taking it to another level, a level that I have dreamed of many times over the past several years. I had many hesitations and doubts about starting my own business for one reason or another. I have come to realize that life is too short and precious not to follow your dreams and at least try things out. This season I am beginning my journey as a flower grower. I'm excited to start small and focus my efforts on growing breathtaking and high-quality seasonal flowers.
I'm thrilled about all of the special varieties of seeds I will be growing, many of which are from Floret's new seed line out of Mt. Vernon, WA. These seeds were grown in, and adapted to, the climate of the Pacific Northwest. They are also varieties that people love because their shades and forms are so breathtaking. I'm excited to grow them in Southern Oregon and cultivate local blooms that are desirable and special, yet hard to find. These dreamy shades and interesting varieties are flowers you may be familiar with, such as snapdragons, dahlias, zinnias, larkspur, celosia, cosmos, amaranth, etc. I'll also feature foliage and fillers, including ornamental basil, bupleurum, Queen Anne's lace, ornamental grasses, as well as pods and other textures.
My hardy annuals, such as sweet peas, cerinthe, snapdragons, anemone, larkspur, love-in-a-mist, foxglove, and others have been planted outside in beds after spending the first couple weeks of their lives under grow lights in a heated room. They will provide a wave of early summer blooms. The tender annuals are currently hardening-off and beginning to be planted from now and in succession all the way through June. This will provide continuous blooms all summer long. The Dahlia tubers were just planted last weekend and I can hardly wait to see all of the amazing varieties in full bloom this summer. The dahlias range from the jaw-dropping dinnerplate Cafe au Lait to medium and small-sized blooms of corals, blush, salmon, white and peach tones.
I'm excited to document and share the summer beauty, blooms, and floral arrangements from the flourishing gardens of Petal and Seed here on the blog throughout the season.