I completely loved this book! I recently learned of Floret Flower Farm due to the book release, and became an instant fangirl. Imagining all the effort, hard work, research and time that went into creating such a magical place is really inspiring.
I’ve always loved cut flowers, but wasn’t convinced to dedicate much time or room for them in my future garden plans. I thought they would be hard to grow, or that I’d have to stick to the same varieties grown over and over again in my area. Well, not anymore! Now a spectacular cut flower garden is a must!
What I loved:
- The photos were amazing! Her interesting descriptions created so much anticipation to turn the page for photos.
- Discovered so many great varieties!
- Tips on spacing, staking and vase care were helpful.
- Inclusion of trees, shrubs, vegetables, and vines was exciting. I’m not a bouquet maker (yet!), so this blew my mind. I loved the way it kept arrangements so natural-looking.
- The projects for each season were incredible. It was neat to see all the elements come together.
- I would love to see an aerial image of the whole farm layout to get a feel for how much she’s squeezing out of the space. I also have nosey questions like: Does her 2 acres include a house? How many high tunnels does she have?
- Some insight into her processes, just for fun. What does her garden journal look like? What tools are useful for planning? How many people help on the farm?
This is a book I will reference again and again for its beauty and inspiration – and while I design my garden!
Food for Thought:
- I’ll be doing some thinking on how to translate her scale down to my needs.
- Brainstorming incorporation of cut flowers into a vegetable garden, mixed landscape or ecological garden.
- I’d like to start some in-depth research on the intensive planting techniques I’ve been hearing about lately.