Week 2. What's in my Bouquet Subscription this Week?

Bouquet number two went out yesterday for our weekly subscribers. What’s inside that kraft paper sleeve? Well, as usual, they all may vary a tad (you can blame that on my right brain), but here is what went into the bulk of them.

Sunflower Panache

These shaggy blooms take center stage this week and demand attention with their bright yellow hue. And after the weather we’ve been having around here, we thought you could use a little sunshine in your life…even if it is on your coffee table instead of the sky.

Sunflower Panache Farm Truck Flowers

Sweet Annie

I first saw/smelled Sweet Annie while I was helping a friend on her family farm last fall. Standing tall down the row, they resembled little trees and smelled so sweet! I instantly knew I wanted to add it to our farm plan this year, and I am so happy we did. You’ll find 3-4 sprigs of it in your bouquet this week. Be sure and give it a sniff!

Sweet Annie Farm Truck Flowers

Bells of Ireland

We grew this for the first time ever last year, and it was a HUGE hit, so of course, we grew it again this year…a lot of it! Count on seeing this green in many of your bouquets to come. Some stems grow nice and straight while others offer a little curve. Use that to your advantage as you place your flowers in your vase. Put the curvy ones around the outside to frame your flowers. We think it makes for a much more interesting arrangement, than just having everything straight up and down. Just be careful, Bells of Ireland do have some spikes hiding under those bells and they are NOT afraid to poke fingers!

Bells of Ireland Farm Truck Flowers

Snapdragon Madame Butterfly Bronze

Easily, my favorite snapdragon that we’ve grown, Madame Butterfly Bronze offers loads of ruffles in colors that remind me of a tropical sunset! The flowers bloom and fade from the bottom up, so as the bottom blooms are spent, just pick them off and keep on enjoying this beauty for as long as you can!

Snapdragon Madame Butterfly Farm Truck Flowers


Yes, more zinnias! We LOVE zinnias around here! We grew so many different varieties this year, that there is no telling which variety you got in your particular bouquet, but I can guarantee you got at least 3 of them, and I can guarantee you are going to get a lot more in the future! Remember though, these guys like to muddy up the water, so be sure and change it frequently to extend the vase life of your bouquet.

Zinnias Farm Truck Flowers


As the season progresses, flowers change. Most notably, the stems. I’m loving that the stems on the cosmos are getting so tall and offering multiple buds per stem. Remember, cosmos fade a little faster than some other flowers in the mix. No need to pull the entire stem though. Just snip off the dead head, and let the other buds open up.

Cosmos Farm Truck Flowers


I get excited every time something new begins to bloom on the farm, but I’m pretty sure I did a little dance when I saw the Pincushion opening up! Sitting atop long, slender stems, these little guys are cute as a button. If you didn’t find these in your bouquet this week, just you wait! There are a zillion buds just waiting to open up out there.

Pincushion Farm Truck Flowers


Bright pink, ruffled flowers…does it get much better than that? Like the snapdragons, these bloom and fade from the bottom up, so don’t be shy about popping off any undesirable blooms from the base. I like to use these sparingly in arrangements to add a little whimsy. Don’t be afraid to let these guys reach tall and wide from your vase.

Clarkia Farm Truck Flowers

Queen Anne’s Lace Queen of Africa

That’s right, fit for a Queen! Funny, since Queen Anne’s Lace grows alongside the road in our parts. I didn’t grow this last year, so I kept a pair of snips in my car and would drive around and make my daughters jump out and cut it when we saw a safe place to pull over (yes they were embarrassed, no it didn’t kill them, and I’m perfectly aware that “most moms” don’t make their kids do such things). These go into the mix for their airy quality.

Queen Anne's Lace Queen of Africa

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What's in my Bouquet?

Bouquet subscriptions began this week, which is exciting news because it means we have enough blooming here on the farm to put together a bouquet with all of the elements needed! If you are recieving bouquets on the weekly, here’s an idea of what you’ll find in yours.


But not just any hydrangea. These come from a prized plant in my Mom Garden (a place in our yard where I plant all of the most special plants that are given to me, including the ones the girls and Nick get me every Mother’s Day). This particular hydrangea has been around for over 13 years! It came in a small pot, wrapped in cellophane and was part of the decor at my baby shower when I was expecting Raegen. I’m not entirely sure it was meant to be planted and survive, but by golly it has. From house to house, I’ve dug this plant up and taken it with me. It now thrives in my Mom Garden and this summer it really surprised me by throwing off both purple and pink blooms!

Hydrangeas are what we crazy flower people call, “wimpy drinkers”, so feel free to really crush up the bottom of the woody stem to encourage drinking and good hydration.



These beauties took a beating during that last summer storm, but with stocks the size of broomsticks, they were hardy enough to bounce back with a little assistance in the form of stakes and twine. They are the branching type, so we are lucky enough to get bloom after bloom of these guys.

I almost didn’t grow sunflowers this year, but when I asked my friends on social media what they thought, the decision was easy. They are much loved by many and so they remain. And I completely understand, I mean, they really are the quintessential summer flower.



Every good bouquet needs some spikes, and these white snapdragons are perfect for the job. We harvest these when just the bottom few flowers are open to extend the vase life. And while most farmers strive to have the straightest stems possible, the floral designer in me appreciates the unexpected twists and turns.

We love the way the yellow centers tie in the yellow sunflowers.



In every bouquet you will find greenery. It’s nice to have, as it breaks things up and gives the eye a place to rest so that you can enjoy all of the flowers rather than being overwhelmed by them. This week we’ve included Honeywort as one of the greenery choices. With it’s long, stems and nodding head, we love the movement it has to offer. Not to mention the way the back side of the upper leaves turn an awesome hue of purple, and the little bell shaped flowers that resemble candy corn.

Speaking of the purple leaves and candy-like flower, we chose this one specifically to play off of the purple hydrangeas.


Apple of Peru

Another greenery element of this week’s bouquet is Apple of Peru. This stuff is thriving on the farm! What started out as seedlings that looked tired and weak, have quickly become the tallest, lushest plant in the field. In fact, it’s now so tall that when Reese stands behind it she disappears!

What I love most about this plant are the little lantern looking pods that hang from it. They first produce a light purple flower, those fade, fall out, and large seed pods forms in their place.

The downside is that the snakes seem to also really like using their jungle like canopy for a home. I always hear them slithering around by the Apple of Peru patch!

Apple of Peru

Amaranth ‘Opopeo’

I believe that flowers should be fun. And what says fun more than a deep red, fuzzy tail in your bouquet?



Look out in the field on a breezy day and these flowers are dancing above the foliage with their skirt like petals and long, slender stems. Don’t let the cosmo tease you with her beauty and flirtatious ways though, she doesn’t stick around long (which is why we only put one or two in each bouquet). Enjoy her while she lasts, if there’s a closed bud, give it a chance to open, otherwise just pick them out when they are spent, and continue to enjoy the bouquet without them.



White and whimsical, we love Orlaya best for her heart shaped petals and airy texture.



Stock falls into the “one hit wonder” category. Doesn’t sound too impressive does it? I had once said that it wasn’t a smart business move to grow stock because of this. With limited amount of growing space, it just doesn’t make sense to grow something that produces one flower, gets cut and is done. In a flower farmers mind, that equates to more work. But what about when that extra work provides you with a row of flowers that have a cloud like flower that smells like heaven? Then is it worth it? I thought it was, which is why we grew these. I walk down the row of stock and I can’t help but take a big deep breath of fresh air. It’s intoxicating, and I hope you love these soft, buttercream ones as much as I do!



I hope you like zinnias as much as I do, because we are growing a plethora of them this year. Coming in all shapes, sizes and colors, you can almost guarantee you’re going to always have some zinnias in your bouquet.

Zinnias are vibrant and strong, but they fall into the “dirty” hydration category. So be sure and keep an eye on the water in your vase when these guys are at the party. They like to come in looking all flashy and stealing the show, and the next thing you know, they’ve trashed your house and pissed off all of your other guests.


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