Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pineapples Don't Grow On Trees...

It's taken two years...but we are finally growing a pineapple on our Nebraska Flower Farm! Our most common remark? "I thought pineapples grew on trees!" This has been a fun and educational experiment!


Friday, June 9, 2017

Hope To See You Tomorrow!

We'll be celebrating our June 'Second Saturday' tomorrow and will be open from 9 to 5! It's going to be warm but the prairie winds are keeping us cool, we have plenty of shade and the a/c is on in the shop. We have a great sale going on in the greenhouse and veggie plants are 'free to good home'. We love our succulents and have a great selection to choose from! We've been busy planting, harvesting, preserving and designing on the Flower Farm! Come watch us grow!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Second Saturday!

You know you're a gardener when you plan for the seasons ahead! Getting ready to plant these baby mums for some beautiful fall color! Don't forget! It's Second Saturday on the Flower Farm! We'll be open this Saturday from 9 to 5! There's a Second Saturday sale going on in the greenhouse, remaining veggie plants are free to good home and there are lots of new treasures in the shop! Extra goodies, too! Freshly baked Tomato Basil and Ciabatta bread along with fresh dill weed and oregano for our foodie friends! Hope to see you!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Peonies!

Peonies harvested from the gardens, pre-treated, pre-frozen and waiting for their turn in the freeze dry machine! Excited to work with these preserved beauties!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Favorite!

We have many beautiful Iris in the gardens but this is a fragrant favorite...Cajun Rhythm!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Second Saturday!

Blessed to have such a beautiful May 'Second Saturday'! We're open from 9 to 5! Hope to see you!


Friday, May 12, 2017

And It Begins!

And it begins! So excited to begin planting! We've had many requests to be open more often...so this year we will be opening on the second Saturday of every month during the growing season! Hope to see you tomorrow from 9 to 5! Lots of unusual plants, succulents and treasures!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Announcing Second Saturday's!

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with our Spring Open House! It was such a beautiful weekend and we are so grateful for your love and support! A major topic of discussion this winter was how to address all the requests we've had to be open more often and we are happy to announce 'Second Saturdays'! We will be opening on the second Saturday of the month from 9 to 5 during the growing season. Our first 'Second Saturday' will be this weekend! If you're out and about or missed the open house stop by to see us! We've planned ahead for this event and still have lots of amazing plants and treasures to choose from! This gorgeous flower was my early morning surprise! Our Night Blooming Cereus or Orchid Cactus was a special gift from my Auntie. Looks like I will be propagating some of these to share, too! There are so many amazing plants out there!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Final Day Of Our Spring Open House!

Final day of our Spring Open House! Hope you can stop by to say hi and check out the treasures! Still a great selection including some our favorite unusual plants like this gorgeous snail vine! Lunch and refreshments served on the patio! Today's hours are from 10 to 4. P.S. We'll be sharing a little surprise with you next week!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Another Beautiful Day!

It's another gorgeous day! The Spring Open House continues! Today from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4. Come enjoy lunch on the patio! Lots of unusual plants, succulents, gorgeous arrangements and treasures! A special thank you to Jessica at First State bank...we can now accept credit and debit cards again! Whew!


Friday, May 5, 2017

Good Morning!

What a beautiful morning! Our Spring Open House begins this morning! Today and tomorrow from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4. A reminder that of all times...our credit card machine crashed yesterday. Despite our best efforts we will be unable to process debit and credit cards. We are grateful for your understanding!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spring Open House and Payment Method Update

The festivities begin tomorrow! Spring Open House Friday and Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4. An update to share...our credit card modem died this afternoon. Ugh! We are working on the problem but at this point we may be able to accept only cash or checks. We're grateful for your understanding!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring Open House Weekend!

The rain has stopped, the sun is shining and we are excited for this weekend's Spring Open House! We are so grateful for the support you show to us and the non-profits who join us for our celebrations! Thanks to everyone who donated such cute purses for our 'Planted Purse Project' to benefit The Bridge! Hard to believe we are in our sixth year of this project!   Here are a few of the purses featuring our gorgeous dried flowers. Other purses are planted with blooming annuals and will be centerpieces on the tables in our TLC Bistro area where lunch and refreshments will be served to benefit Nebraska Communities United. The Douglas County Master Gardeners will also be joining us on Friday with a few of their treasures. They have an amazing cookbook! Trinity Lutheran's Katie Comfort Dog will be spending a bit of time with us, too! We love Katie and her team! Lots of treasures, unique plants, garden art and beautiful freeze-dried floral arrangements featuring blooms harvested from the gardens on our flower farm! Friday and Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4. Hope to see you!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Brrr!

Brrr! We're thinking spring but Mother Nature appears to have other ideas! We are under a frost warning while neighbors to our north and west are under a freeze warning. If you've had a case of spring fever and have planted some tender annuals it's a good idea to cover or bring them in tonight and keep an eye on the extended forecast. Today, I  visited with some of our gardening friends who are under a freeze warning and are concerned about their tender perennials. Here's how we do it...Flower Farm style! It's impossible for us to cover everything. We monitor the temperatures during the night. It's a long night but worth the sacrifice. Just before the outside temperature reaches the freezing mark, we mist the gardens with water. The water forms a layer of ice on the foliage which will protect the plant from freezing temperatures. I have 'not so fond' memories of us walking around the gardens at 1:00 in the morning with a flashlight in one hand and a hose in the other. We saved everything! In the meantime, our tender plants are staying safe and warm in the greenhouse including this show stopper... Dalechampia dioscoreifolia aka Bow Tie Vine.


Monday, April 24, 2017

The Beautiful Blooms of Spring and Summer...

The beautiful blooms of spring and summer have filled our shop! These gorgeous beauties have all been harvested and freeze-dried from our gardens! Join us for our Spring Open House May 5, 6 and 7! Lunch and refreshments served to benefit Nebraska Communities United.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day!

More beautiful blooms from our greenhouse in honor of Earth Day!



Thursday, April 20, 2017

We Have Babies!

We have babies! Our first praying mantis egg sac hatched in the greenhouse during the night. Most of them had scattered by the time I found them this morning but some were still hanging out.  Praying mantis egg sacs are easily confused with wasp nests and are sadly destroyed. They can be found on plants, twigs and even buildings. 250 to 300 baby mantids hatch from each egg sac. They are beneficial insects and will eat many of the 'bad bugs' who lurk in your garden. Native praying mantis are brown and grow to about 3 inches long. Chinese Mantises are green and brown. They can grow much larger. They grow so large that they have been known to eat a hummingbird. We released 9000 ladybugs in the greenhouse a few weeks ago. Ladybugs go in search of their food while praying mantis will wait for their food to come to them. Good partners for our pesticide-free greenhouse!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Another Gorgeous Bloom!

Another gorgeous new bloom in the greenhouse! Spring Open House May 5, 6 and 7!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Air Therapy!

Some 'Air Therapy' on this beautiful spring day!


A bird's eye view of the flower farm. 


Thank you, Dave!





Monday, April 3, 2017

Gorgeous Blooms to Brighten Another Cloudy Day!

Grown, harvested and freeze-dried from our gardens...


these gorgeous blooms sure brighten another cloudy day! Mark your calendar! Spring Open House May 5, 6 and 7!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Makes Me Smile!

Our greenhouse sure makes me smile on these gloomy days! I love watching the ladybugs do their work among the beautiful blooms!


Spring Open House
May 5, 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday- 9 to 5
Sunday- 10 to 4
Lunch and refreshments served to benefit Nebraska Communities United


Need a sneak peek?
Appointments available daily from 9 to 4!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Ladies Have Arrived...

The ladies have arrived! We just released 9000 Ladybugs in our greenhouse! Our Ladybugs (not Asian Beetles) are one of the tools we use to keep our greenhouse pesticide-free. Their arrival has become an annual celebration on the flower farm. Mother Nature knows best!


Monday, March 20, 2017

From A Distance...

The first day of Spring means some time spent among the beautiful blooms in the greenhouse...but we admire this one from a distance. Our Indonesian Lily blooms once a year and when it does it smells like rotting flesh to attract the flies that pollinate it. That is a fact I can personally attest to.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hello, Spring!

The Ranger is serviced, we are ready to get out in the gardens...and Riley is ready to help!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Brrr!

A flower farm memory to warm you up on this cold and blustery March Monday morning!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Save The Date!

It's been a busy winter on the flower farm! We are so excited to welcome spring and the 2017 growing season!

Save the date!

Spring Open House!
May 5, 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday 9 to 5
Sunday 10 to 4


Tuesday, January 17, 2017