Selecting Our Seeds
It’s been a whirlwind from the moment we decided to get seeds into the ground for a 2018 cut flower garden. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve counted back from the projected November frost date, calculating how many rounds of germination we might be able to squeeze into the short growing season we have left. It was March when we first tilled the soil and prepped our quarter acre of flower garden land. Then came weed paper burning in early April. We knew weeds would be our biggest enemy so we followed Floret’s method for landscape fabric and are so pleased with the results so far.
Knowing this season is a bit of a trial run, we did some research and decided to stick mostly with zinnias. They are hardy, sun and warmth-loving flowers, which will be perfect for our region. Orangevale tends to have hot, dry summers and we wanted to plant flowers that would thrive in our climate (zone 9). From everything we’ve read, and the success rate of our first sprouting seedlings, we feel like zinnias are going to be a great fit for Heirloom Acres. We’ve planted over twenty different varietals and I can’t wait to photograph their brilliantly colored blooms come July.
So far we have nine rows fabric covered and seeded with room for about a dozen more, but we’re trying not to bite off more than we can chew our first go around. We’re succession seeding, so we’ve spaced our planting several weeks apart, hoping that we will have continues blooms throughout the summer months. In addition to zinnias, we planted bachelor’s buttons, yarrow, celosia, strawflower, and sunflowers. I love watching each little plant begin to grow. I never thought I could be so excited about a seedling, but my heart warms with every little sprout!