5 Tips to Beautiful Flowers

5 Tips TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL FLOWER COLLECTION 

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My children tell me I have a flower problem.

If you have seen the movie “UP” you may remember Doug the dog.  He had a squirrel problem.  Mid-sentence he would yell, “SQUIRREL!”  whenever he saw one.  This is me with flowers.  Not only am I completely distracted by them – I am drawn to them.  I love them.  They bring me happiness and joy.  I never have enough.

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I LOVE growing flowers just as much as I love growing fruit and veggies.  They make me happy.  If you want to surround your home, garden and farm with flowers there are a couple of things you can do to ensure they will look great all season.

I have been growing many varieties of flowers for…… well…… a long time.

Many of my flowers have been complete failures.  Many have soared.  I’ve learned a couple of tips over time that have really helped my flower collections remain stunning.

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TIP #1 TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER COLLECTION – Start with the Right Flowers

To tell you the truth, the main reason my flowers die is not because of my “not-green-thumb.”  It is due to the weather.  I think most flower lovers everywhere have experienced this.

You water, you provided perfect soil, you “dead-head” and still your flowers are turning brown and dying.

I found have that the best way to keep my flowers looking fabulous all season is to pick the correct varieties.  I am not a flower expert, but staying in the “full sun” department works well for people (like me) with no trees and lots of hot sun.

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If you have a yard mingled with shade and sun you can probably grow anything you want.  Shade varieties will be happy and so will the sun lovers.

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TIP #2 TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER COLLECTION – Water Water Water

As annoying as it is, flowers must have plenty of water if they intend to stay beautiful.

I water my flowers once a day.  Because I realize that this is a huge pain, I only plant my high-maintenance flower collections near a water source.

TIP #3 TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER COLLECTION – Plant them in the Right Places

In the past, I have sprinkled the entire farm with hanging baskets cascading with petunias in the past only to watch them all fry and die.  I know my limitations.  I am not going to carry 5 gallon buckets all over the 23 acres to water hanging baskets.  It’s just not going to happen.

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For this reason, I have learned to go big in certain areas & not try to put flowers everywhere.

The places I have concentrated my flowers are easy to get to, easy to water and easy to remember.

TIP #4 TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL FLOWER COLLECTION – Keep the Pests Away

By pests, I mean everything.  Diseases, bugs, powdery mildew.  I use Neem oil (very organic)sometimes,  BUT I also use systemic, chemicals on my flowers.  GASP!  I know, I am Mrs. Organic when it comes to my meat, dairy and garden.  When it comes to flowers, well, I don’t mind using a little of the bad stuff.  I’m not eating my flowers, and I want flowers, and I don’t want to reapply Neem oil every time it rains.

The easiest way to keep a pot of flowers fertilized and repelled of all flying things is a systemic liquid.  Just mix with water and water the plants with it.  Stuff works for 6+ weeks & your flowers will be gorgeous.

TIP #5 TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL FLOWER COLLECTION – Keep the Chickens & Cats out of the Pots

This is easier said than done, I realize.  I also realize that it is a bit on the adorable side to find a chicken nesting in your mum.  And even more enduring to find 3 eggs in there.

If you want to kick your chickens & cats out of your pots for good I do have the answer – but it’s not very cat or chicken friendly….

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If you don’t want bowl-shaped indentations in your purple mums, just get some wooden kabob skewers.  Shove them into your pots.   When the cat or chicken steps into a pot filled with spikey skewers, they will quickly relocate & find somewhere else to nest.

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Happy Planting!

Candi

 

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