Bouquet of the Week
May 4, 2017
Peonies, Cornflowers, Yarrow, Baptisia
Peonies are the focal point of our spring season arrangements. We have them in white, a pink blush, and raspberry red. They'll be available by the single stem as well as mixed into bouquets with our range of springtime filler flowers.
Cornflowers are an old-fashioned cottage flower with a blue so perfect that the flower's name has served as the name of the color since before the potters of Delft perfected the techniques for their iconic blue and white pottery.
Cornflowers are native to Europe, where they grow naturally as weeds in grain fields, hence the name cornflower. They have been all but eradicated in their native habitat by modern farming practices.
They are also commonly known as batchelor's buttons, after the hopeful young lads on the way to the dance who would pluck these flowers from the roadside to tuck into their lapels.
Cornflowers are a salt-of-the-earth cottage flower. They hold up for a long time in the vase, with an intense color that is the definition of the concept of blue. We grow mostly the blue variety, but also have some pink, purple, white, and bi-color varieties in our mix.
Tuberose Bulbs for Sale
As the soil warms up in May and June it's time for planting tuberose bulbs. Tuberose form a grassy clump with tall, stately spires of waxy-white flowers and a heavenly fragrance. They bloom in August and September.
Tuberose are native to the tropical and sub-tropical Americas. They are hardy to zone 9. In Kentucky, they can possibly survive the winter outside, depending on the season and conditions. But it's more reliable to dig them up and store them inside. We have a couple extra crates of our own tuberose bulbs to bring to the market this year. It's an easy and rewarding flower to grow in a sunny garden.
We look forward to seeing you again this Saturday at the Bardstown Road Farmers Market!
Kellie and Tim