Floret farm's cut flower garden : grow, harvest & arrange stunning seasonal blooms / Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai ; photographs by Michèle M. Waite.

Welcome to the world of Floret Farm, where hundreds of flower varieties grow and thrive to produce show-stopping arrangements. Here, star flower farmer Erin Benzakein shares her insights on planting a cutting garden of your own - wherever you live. Learn the secrets to her airy and lush arrangemen...

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Main Author: Benzakein, Erin,
Other Authors: Chai, Julie,, Waite, Michèle M.,
Published: San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2017]
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From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm,Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration--a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements. With irresistible photos of Erin's flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms, tips for growing in a variety of spaces andclimates as well as step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral d#65533;cor for every season,Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden informs and entices gardeners of all skill levels.


Table of Contents

Introduction

p. 8

Basics

p. 12

Laying the Foundation

p. 17

Planning & Getting Started

p. 19

Assess & Define Your Site

p. 19

Perform a Soil Test

p. 20

Design Your Plot

p. 21

Do the Math

p. 21

Decide What to Order

p. 22

Take Advantage of Succession Planting

p. 24

Maximize Small Spaces

p. 25

Digging In

p. 27

Go Organic

p. 27

Feed Your Soil

p. 27

Water Well

p. 28

Manage Weeds

p. 28

Get Planting

p. 29

Essential Techniques

p. 31

Starting Seeds 101

p. 31

Supporting Your Flowers

p. 36

Pinching

p. 37

Caring for Cut Flowers

p. 38

Tools of the Trade

p. 41

Gardening Tools

p. 41

Florist's Toolbox

p. 44

Spring

p. 46

Awakening to New Possibilities

p. 51

Spring Tasks

p. 52

Spring Bloomers

p. 58

Biennials

p. 59

Daffodils

p. 62

Delicate-Fiowered Bulbs

p. 68

Flowering Branches

p. 72

Hardy Annuals

p. 76

Iceland Poppies

p. 83

Lilacs

p. 86

Peonies

p. 93

Ranunculuses

p. 99

Sweet Peas

p. 101

Tulips

p. 106

Spring Projects

p. 111

Lilac Infusion

p. 112

Spring Flower Crown

p. 114

Sherbet Butterfly Bouquet for Mom

p. 116

Summer

p. 118

Welcoming the Abundance

p. 123

Summer Tasks

p. 124

Summer Blooms, Edibles & Foliage

p. 128

Cosmos

p. 129

Dahlias

p. 135

Fragrant Leaves

p. 140

Fruits & Foliage

p. 145

Lilies

p. 149

Perennials

p. 152

Roses

p. 157

Snapdragons

p. 162

Tender Annuals

p. 167

Vegetables

p. 173

Zinnias

p. 177

Summer Projects

p. 181

Dahlias en Masse

p. 182

Summer Sunset Bouquet

p. 184

Hand-Tied Market Bouquet

p. 186

Autumn

p. 190

Completing the Harvest & Putting the Garden to Bed

p. 193

Autumn Tasks

p. 196

Autumn Blooms, Edibles & Textural Stems

p. 200

Black-Eyed Susans

p. 201

Cabbages & Kales

p. 206

Chrysanthemums

p. 210

Fruiting Branches

p. 215

Grains & Pods

p. 219

Ornamental Grasses

p. 223

Perennials

p. 226

Pumpkins, Squash & Gourds

p. 233

Sunflowers

p. 238

Vines

p. 245

Autumn Projects

p. 249

Autumnal Wreath

p. 250

Dutch Still Life

p. 252

Vincent van Gogh

p. 256

Winter

p. 258

Settling into Winter Stillness

p. 261

Winter Tasks

p. 264

Winter Berries, Blooms & Foliage

p. 268

Amaryllises

p. 269

Berries & Blooms

p. 272

Branches for Winter Forcing

p. 279

Evergreen Cuts

p. 282

Hellebores

p. 287

Paperwhite Narcissuses

p. 291

Winter Projects

p. 295

Welcoming Wreath

p. 296

Indoor Garden

p. 298

Lush Garland

p. 300

Resources

p. 304

Acknowledgments

p. 305

Index

p. 306