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

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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Celebrated flower farmer Erin Benzakein presents a beautiful gardening book and guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round. First volume in the beloved Floret Farm books and gifts series!

"Among a sea of new florists and floral books, Floret Flowers stands out. Erin Benzakein's integrity, openness and passion for flowers is unmistakable. In her debut book she not only introduces us to the basics of growing our own flowers, she shares her deep love and understanding of gardening in a way that will leave even the most doubtful grower feeling inspired to get their hands in the dirt."—Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge and author of In the Company of Women

Erin Benzakein is a florist farmer, leader in the locaflor farm to centerpiece movement, and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm in Washington's lush Skagit Valley. In this stunning flower book, she provides readers with vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms and cut flowers to create show stopping arrangements.

INSPIRING BLOOM BOOK: Equal parts instruction and inspiration, this flower gardening book is overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. It makes a beautiful gift for any occasion, for friends, loved ones, and gardening enthusiasts alike!

ADVICE & ARRANGEMENTS: Find inspiration in this lush flower book through irresistible photos of Erin's flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms, tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates, and step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic florist design and décor for every season.

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: Flower lovers, avid and novice gardeners, floral designers, wedding planners, florists, small farmers, stylists, designers, crafters, home decor aficionados, and those passionate about the local floral movement will love this book.

Perfect for:
  • Fans of gardening, flower arranging, and decorating
  • Birthday, Mother's Day, housewarming, or hostess gift
  • Pair with other beautiful items from the Floret Farm collection, including Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers and Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias books, as well as Floret Farm's Garden Journal, 100 Postcards, Garden Dahlia Notes, and Sweet Pea Notes stationery and gifts
  • Readers of Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers, The Flower School, The Flower Recipe Book, and The Flower Chef

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452145761
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Floret Farms x Chronicle Books Series
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 26,246
Product dimensions: 7.30(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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