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by Kathie Hoyer – February 11, 2021

“I’ve met very few people that didn’t smile when receiving a bouquet of flowers.”

Our favorite flower purveyor, Christine O’Brien of Flowers in Clay, gave a Bowood zoom class yesterday presenting her top picks and tips on how to create your own cut flower garden. The garden she tends with her husband, Patrick, is really amazing (check it out on instagram @flowersinclay). Patrick is a potter (hence the “clay”) and his work combines beautifully with their seasonal flowers. They live and work up in Clarksville, Missouri and Christine just happens to be the Bowood Farms grower, heading up our very capable team that provides all the perennials, annuals, vegetables and assorted other plants that we love to sell down here in St. Louis.

“Growing flowers from seed and watching them evolve into beautiful blooms is just amazing. Following other flower growers all over the world is extremely inspiring and feeds me, makes me want to grow more flowers every year. There is so much you can learn from fellow flower farmers, there are so many more growers emerging which is encouraging and also says something about how much we all enjoy the simple joys of flowers.”     – Christine O’Brien

Christine’s presentation provided a peek into the garden in the early months of growing, the long beds laid out in rows neatly supplied with irrigation, weed mats, trellising support and small plants set out to grow. They also have shelves in the basement for growing out seedlings and a home-made cold frame at the side of their house. Christine encourages beginners to start with annuals that are not difficult to grow and which can be directly sown after the average last frost (April 15 in St. Louis ). Adding those annuals like snapdragons which need to be started earlier indoors and later, spring bulbs, perennials, dahlias, and roses will slowly increase your choices for creating bouquets that will vary from early spring to late fall.

“If you’re looking for instant mood lifters, flowers are the answer.”

Here are Christine’s choices as “must-haves” for each season:
Spring: Daffodils, Tulips and Crocus (plant bulbs in fall for early spring bloom)

Summer: Cosmos and Zinnias – they’re easy, prolific and “cut-and-come-again”

Fall: Dahlias “they need attention and maintenance, but the reward is worth all the work.”

Why not try a cut-flower garden this year?
We’re always happy to help you choose seeds or find flowers to add to your garden!

Stay connected for upcoming news on Christine’s Dahlia class this spring.