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Adding Flora to My Founda

January 29, 2016

Ok, maybe the lamest post title ever…but whatevs, I got a good chuckle out of it, so we’re going with it! Ha!

About a year ago, Luke and I started talking about what “was next”.  We talked about how neat it would be to have a little land.  Luke wanted to have a 4-wheeler and build a sauna.  I wanted a REAL garden where I could grow cut flowers and perhaps a barn.

Fast forward to a month ago and CHECK! Wouldn’t you know it, God gifted us with 3.5 acres and endless possibilties!

While perusing on FB one day, I came across an article written by Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower Farm in Skagit Valley, WA.  She runs a cut flower farm off her 2 acre plot of land.  She sells to Whole Foods and other boutique grocers, is completely booked about 2 years in advance for weddings and sells out her Flower Farmer Boot Camp Workshops within a couple hours.  She’s from the PNW and had not had any prior flower farming experience prior to jumping in.  I was hooked.

I’ve been following her work, practices, blog and products pretty extensively.  I am so inspired by Floret because 1) I appreciate that, like me, she too had no previous experience 2) the variety of flowers she chooses to grow are right up my alley style wise and 3) She writes and shares her experiences with both authority and humility.  I like that.

Luke and I have been plotting out what we want our farm to look like and do for us.  We felt like since we now have it, we should use it and try to get some income from it!  We know we are going to continue on the farm’s legacy of u-pick blueberries (200+ plants guys!), but I looked out across our field and I just knew this is where the flowers needed to go.  It was time.

I’m not going to pretend like I know the slightest of what it entails to start a cut flower farm for profit.  However, I’m a resourceful little bugger when I need to be, so I have been reading up and sketching out plans and making proposed calendars of when to start seeds.

Right after we made the decision to give the flower market a try, Floret came out with their own line of cut flower seeds.  Hallelujah! With SO many options out there for the beginner, I so appreciated having a starting point from a woman whose style matches and influences my own.  I get to grow flowers that will end of looking like those bouquets I oogle over on her Instagram!

I’ve ordered (or rather my parents ordered…Happy Birthday to me! Thanks Ma and Pa!) my first selection of seeds, set to plant early March!

My plan is to keep you all apprised as to how my journey of flower farming is coming as I go along.  But to start, I thought I would offer up my beginner’s list of flower seeds, filler seeds and seed planting gear.  If anyone would like to follow along and/or try with me, Floret’s seeds are available here.

You don’t need acreage to do this.  Some of the people I am learning from produce an income selling flowers from their tiny Seattle backyard.  It’s all about the process I am told.

I am starting out by buying the seeds and bulbs that a) my most make my hear swoon when I look at them b) are easy-ish to grow and c) work well in a bouquet together.  If the flower variety didn’t work in one of these categories, I chose to forgo it this year and maybe add in more complex ones once I get some experience under my belt.

Here’s what I came up with:

All photos courtesy of Floret Flowers

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Anemones Black and White

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Zinnia Scabiosa Flowered Mix

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Zinnia Queen Red Lime

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Snapdragons Sherbet Toned Chantilly Mix

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Love in a Puff Vine

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Larkspur Earl Gray

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Iceland Poppies Sherbet Mix

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Honeywort

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Globe Amaranth Pastel Mix

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Dusty Miller New Look

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Cup and Saucer Vine

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Cosmos Snow Puff

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Bupleurum

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Bells of Ireland

And although sold out (again!) I am waiting to get my hands on bulbs for my fav flower:

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Ranunculus Pastel Mix

Can you just imagine the bouquets that will come mid summer!?  I can barely stand it!

Floret provided an easy way to pick and choose easy to grow, hard-working, productive, unique and BEAUtiful flowers to grow, cut and arrange.  Next, I will be working on the planning process of when to plant, where to plant, how to plant…you know, the minor details.

I’m also contemplating a mobile flower truck…ah! The sweet smell of possibilities!

Anyone else starting a garden this year?  Any MUST haves that I am missing?

You can find all these seeds, bulbs and more by clicking here.

xo Jordan

 

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  • Kim Suver January 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Absolutely can’t wait to see your crop. Just beautiful!!!

    • Jordan January 29, 2016 at 10:24 AM

      Kim!! I will for sure be posting pics:) I hope it all turns out ok:/ I’m flying by the seat of my pants over here! xo

  • Sharika February 2, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Hey Jordan, it looks like you moved to a farm just a couple of miles away from me. I am entering my 3rd year of flower farming, also inspired, to a large extent, by Erin! I was fortunate to attend her flower farmer workshop last May and learned a ton! I definitely encourage you to go if you ever have the opportunity. It was life changing!! If you ever need anything.. Encouragement, support or have questions, feel free to look me up! Best of luck to you on this new journey!!!

    • Jordan February 5, 2016 at 11:56 AM

      Wow. Thank you so much for the support and for reaching out! I am such a newbie…but full of enthusiasm and a love for flowers:) I would love to pick your brain and come see what you are doing- it would be invaluable to me. My plan was to start small this year, get a general feel for it and then try to go to a workshop next year! Thank you again. Talk to you soon!! xo

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