Raincoast – Cut Flower Garden!

I’ve always loved flowers. Everything from the colourful petunia, to the lovely peony, to the exotic colombine. We took produce to a farmers’ market for a couple years and one thing I would loved to have taken was bouquets of flowers grown on my farm. However, we were having kids at that point and life just got too busy. However, that thought has always been in the back of my mind. Now that we’re on a different acreage and have all our landscaping to plan and create, that thought is coming to the forefront again!

So, when I saw “Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden” by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai, I had to see if I could review it! It’s all about how to “Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms”! And it starts by being a beautiful hardcover book! Floret Farm is a small family farm in Washington that produces……you guessed it, flowers! In fact, if you visit the Shop on their website, you’ll find that you can purchase both bulbs and seeds directly from them! They specialize in the unique, uncommon and heirloom flowers. Love it! I do get a bit tired of everyone having the *same* flowers to sell us each spring. When we had our greenhouse, I had some fun starting some uncommon flowers one year. However, I discovered I had a bit to learn about how to get those beautiful seedlings to grow up into beautiful plants!

Since I have the book, and at the moment, you do not – take a quick read of the Our Story page – it’s a sweet story of how this family got into growing flowers!

Now, back to this beautiful book! It’s separated into five sections. First up is the Basics, where you’ll learn all about Planning and Digging In and Techniques and Tools. After all, there’s no point in starting from scratch without a bit of foreknowledge! Then the next four sections are the seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Inside each of these chapters are three sections – the first about Tasks for the season, the second devoted to the Flowers that have been included, and the last for Projects.

If you know me and books, I love lots of pictures! Apparently I’m still a kid at heart and I like picture books! Haha! This book is fabulous! There are loads of pictures and lots of them fill a full page! For example, let’s visit the section regarding the peony, since I have a vase of them on my table right now, courtesy of my beautiful friend and her new yard! This section starts with a full page photo of Erin picking peonies and, wow, does she have an armful of them! The there’s a full page of information about peonies, tips and tricks on growing them, information about fertilizing them, how to divide them, and disease information. Flip the page and there’s more information on varieties and tricks on how to increase vase life. There’s also a page and a half of pretty pictures of four different varieties! Flip the page again and there’s another page and a half of pictures and a bit more information! I really love how simply this book is laid out – there’s no excessive verbage, but instead, it’s quick and easy to find the information you need, and you will continually be inspired by all the beautiful photos!

The project section gives detailed , picture-full instructions on how to create bouquets! Fabulous! For example, in the Summer section, “Dahlias En Masse” is a two page spread, with 8 photos describing what you need and how to make a big, beautiful dahlia bouquet. There are also two more bouquet ideas with different summer flowers. I love this because it’s so fun to see other people’s ideas! I also like that one of them in this section is called the “Hand-tied Market Bouquet”! Bingo! Now I just need flowers! Haha!

I also appreciate the fact that, while Erin includes information on many flowers, she also includes “Delicate-Flowered Bulbs”, “Flowering Branches”, “Fragrant Leaves”, “Fruits and Foliage”, “Fruiting Branches” and several others that are outside the realm of your regular flowers. However, given that I’m in Canada and she’s in Washington, she’s in a zone of about 8, while I’m in a zone of about 4. Therefore, some that are perennial plants may not grow in our area. Erin has included information on temperature tolerance for some of the plants so you can be aware of which may not work in your area.

I can’t think of anything more delightful than having a yard full of flowers that take turns blooming all summer long! Our summers tend to be short and our winters tend to be long, so any extra beauty I can get during the summer is a real plus. This book is going to stay close at hand so that I can start planning our yard for a future full of flowers!

Raincoast – you rock! Thanks for bringing so many great books to our homes. If you’re interested in purchasing this book, head on over to your local bookstore and look for a beautiful hardcover book filled with flowers. Then head to the Floret website and fill out the form to receive a freebie Garden Planning package!

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What a wonderful book this must be, right up my alley too. I’d love to be able to grow wonderful flowers, alas I only have a patio so it’s container plants for me from now on, that is until I win the lottery 😀

  2. Laurie P says:

    growing flowers to cut, I might have to try growing some next summer!

  3. Looks like such a lovely book! Great photos to help us learn about flowers.

  4. This book looks so beautiful and inspirational. I do not have a green thumb but I sure wish I could have fresh flower arrangements all summer long.

  5. Florence Cochrane says:

    This would be a very nice book to own. I love flowers and my husband likes to plant them.

  6. Shirleyp says:

    I like books with lots of photos of flowers like this one

  7. Carole Dube says:

    I love flowers but if I cut them then my garden will look empty.

  8. Jamie hall says:

    What a great book , so pretty

  9. I love it when books have great pictures!

  10. Lovely book, I like to grow my own flower garden!

  11. This would be a great book to help me plan my flower garden next spring.

  12. kathy downey says:

    What a wonderful book to own,so many ideas

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