Ready, Set, SOW… The Bloom Magic Cutting Garden 2021
A look inside why this florist loves playing in the dirt.
Winter is time to reflect and plan.
Since most of the weddings we do happen in the warmer months, I am immersed in planning now. Every year, I evaluate what we grew in the cutting garden last season, and assemble a list of foliage and blooms for the coming season. Our harvests will beautify dozens of bouquets, centerpieces and chair swags. The goal is to bring a unique seasonal look to our designs. This is definitely part art, part science.
Deciding what to plant is always a complicated decision. Factors we consider include:
• Ease of growing in our Zone 5b raised beds
• The ability to have multiple harvests: some flowers will push out more blooms from being picked, we call these “cut and come again”
• We choose amazing colors such as magenta, cranberry, purest white and multicolored
• Textures are amazing, like ruffled dahlias or fuzzy ageratum
• We love to plant versatile flowers, that can be used in many ways. A flower that is equally happy starring as a closeup in a boutonniere, as jumping around flying high over a centerpiece, deserves a place in our garden
• Long lasting flowers that withstand summer heat and have great vase life also make the team
• Flowers that grow well in containers are a joyful addition – always room for more pots!