Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452145761
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 21,117
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Erin Benzakein is a florist-farmer and founder of Floret Flower Farm. She lives, farms, and writes from her home in Washington's scenic Skagit Valley.

Julie Chai writes, edits, and hosts videos primarily on gardening topics. She lives and gardens in Los Altos, California.

Michèle M. Waite is a photographer based in Bellingham, Washington.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Basics 12

Laying the Foundation 17

Planning & Getting Started 19

Assess & Define Your Site 19

Perform a Soil Test 20

Design Your Plot 21

Do the Math 21

Decide What to Order 22

Take Advantage of Succession Planting 24

Maximize Small Spaces 25

Digging In 27

Go Organic 27

Feed Your Soil 27

Water Well 28

Manage Weeds 28

Get Planting 29

Essential Techniques 31

Starting Seeds 101 31

Supporting Your Flowers 36

Pinching 37

Caring for Cut Flowers 38

Tools of the Trade 41

Gardening Tools 41

Florist's Toolbox 44

Spring 46

Awakening to New Possibilities 51

Spring Tasks 52

Spring Bloomers 58

Biennials 59

Daffodils 62

Delicate-Fiowered Bulbs 68

Flowering Branches 72

Hardy Annuals 76

Iceland Poppies 83

Lilacs 86

Peonies 93

Ranunculuses 99

Sweet Peas 101

Tulips 106

Spring Projects 111

Lilac Infusion 112

Spring Flower Crown 114

Sherbet Butterfly Bouquet for Mom 116

Summer 118

Welcoming the Abundance 123

Summer Tasks 124

Summer Blooms, Edibles & Foliage 128

Cosmos 129

Dahlias 135

Fragrant Leaves 140

Fruits & Foliage 145

Lilies 149

Perennials 152

Roses 157

Snapdragons 162

Tender Annuals 167

Vegetables 173

Zinnias 177

Summer Projects 181

Dahlias en Masse 182

Summer Sunset Bouquet 184

Hand-Tied Market Bouquet 186

Autumn 190

Completing the Harvest & Putting the Garden to Bed 193

Autumn Tasks 196

Autumn Blooms, Edibles & Textural Stems 200

Black-Eyed Susans 201

Cabbages & Kales 206

Chrysanthemums 210

Fruiting Branches 215

Grains & Pods 219

Ornamental Grasses 223

Perennials 226

Pumpkins, Squash & Gourds 233

Sunflowers 238

Vines 245

Autumn Projects 249

Autumnal Wreath 250

Dutch Still Life 252

Vincent van Gogh 256

Winter 258

Settling into Winter Stillness 261

Winter Tasks 264

Winter Berries, Blooms & Foliage 268

Amaryllises 269

Berries & Blooms 272

Branches for Winter Forcing 279

Evergreen Cuts 282

Hellebores 287

Paperwhite Narcissuses 291

Winter Projects 295

Welcoming Wreath 296

Indoor Garden 298

Lush Garland 300

Resources 304

Acknowledgments 305

Index 306

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Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MD-Sue More than 1 year ago
Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden - a stunningly beautiful example of a "How-to" book. Part flower recipe, part feast for the eyes with photos from Michèle M. Waite, this book could just as easily be kept in the garden shed as it could on the coffee table. In reading the book, I never felt like Erin was speaking over my head, and actually ended the book feeling hopeful about succeeding in growing new varieties. Smartly laid out by season, each includes the flowers blooming at that time, how to grow, Erin's favorite varieties and very helpful tips on extending their vase life. The most helpful part of the book for me is how Erin demystifies tasks like pinching (which, how and when) and dividing tubers. No matter how many times I've been told where to cut a tuber, it never became clear to me until someone pointing to the spot to cut. A photo of Erin actually pointing to the spot is included in the Spring chapter!! Two thumbs up for the salt-of-the-earth attitude and gentle encouragement this book provides.