Gardens and Orchard

Buttercup Farm “Cutting Garden Tuesday”

April 28, 2009

The cutting garden is underway! Each Tuesday, I will share a new flower that has been added to the NEW Buttercup Farm Cutting Garden.

SONATA CARMINE COSMOS
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I am starting with my favorite cutting flower … COSMOS.
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The flowers are easy to maintain as long as you are willing to dead-head the blooms gone by…
I chose this variety for the VIBRANT COLORS and LONG-SEASON display of beautiful blooms.
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Give lots of sun and water and plant in fertile, well-drained soil.
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I use cosmos in loose arrangements, as well as single flower bud vases.

To follow the Buttercup Farm Cutting Garden DreamsClick Here.

If you have a favorite cutting flower that I should know about, leave me a comment or send me an e-mail to shawn@lifeatbuttercupfarm.com.

Emergent Spring Color

April 1, 2009

During these first weeks of Spring on the east coast, our days can often look like this…
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Finding the EMERGENT SPRING COLOR FEST peering through our GREY and BROWN mornings, is a daily delight.

Good Morning Day Lilies…
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Welcome Back Weeping Cherry…
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Hello Magnolia Buds…
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So very good to see you ALL again.

Also, don’t forget…it is “A Beautiful Life” Friday over at The Inspired Room . Take a few minutes to check out all of the post links you will find there. It is a great weekend treat!

Vegetable Garden Inspiration

March 31, 2009

After months of pouring through Books and Magazines…I have found my VEGETABLE GARDEN INSPIRATION! When I design a garden or a room…it comes down to this question…How do I want to FEEL when I am working in it, looking at it, and living with the it.
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This garden makes me feel “LUSH, COLORFUL, and BOUNTIFUL”.
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Designed with undulating pickets (ranging from 4 to 6 feet), this fencing system made out of rough cedar, will help discourage deer from entering.
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Dividing the garden space into a four square design easily allows for both utilitarian function and beauty. And, the “Early American” style of this garden, matches the look of our home and existing gardens.
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I am thinking about attaching the FLOWER and HERB garden to the VEGETABLE garden. TWO Big FENCED Squares attached by ONE LONG PATHWAY! BEAUTEOUS!

*Pictures from Country Gardens Magazine.

Spring Haiku

March 24, 2009

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FIRST TREE TO BLOOM PINK
APPEARING ONE DAY IN SPRING
SWEET MAGNOLIA

Author/Photo: Mama B.

Dreams of a Cutting Garden

February 20, 2009

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In a few weeks we will be planting our lettuces, herbs and our “cutting” flower garden. Take a peek into the beginning stages of this process. Happy Weekend!


Cutting Garden Dreams from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

Can I ice skate in our yard?

January 30, 2009

The question Gaby asked when she woke up yesterday morning.

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“No darling”, I answered, “but you can slip, break an arm, a leg, a finger, a nose…” My goodness is this stuff dangerous. I feel like I am fighting for my life everytime I step outside. Weatherman says, “two more snow events in the next 4 days”. I was hoping for SUNNY and 50.

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