If you’ve been following my flower-filled journey here on the blog or on social media, then you may know how special tomorrow is going to be –for our whole family and team here at Floret. I’ve been dropping little hints over the past few weeks (let’s face it, it was really hard to hide my excitement or keep this secret to myself) about our newest project: Floret Seeds.Today, I thought I’d share a little of the backstory on how and why I decided to venture into the exciting world of seeds (plus dahlia tubers and a few of my other all-time favorite flowers) and why this endeavor is so near and dear to my heart.
Every season our little farm puts on numerous flower variety trials, in the hopes of discovering new treasures to add to the garden. Through the process I’ve had the opportunity to grow thousands of new varieties, many with uncommon colors that aren’t widely available on the market to see how they perform. In doing so I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with some of the world’s best seed and plant breeders and have learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes to create the flowers we all love.
Over the past year I’ve been writing a book on growing and arranging cut flowers. As I was filling the pages, I was reminded over and over again that so many of the very best varieties for cutting (those with long stems, unique coloring, a delicate appearance, strong fragrance, easy to grow, etc.) are quite hard to come by–especially for home gardeners, vancouver flower delivery, small scale growers, and floral designers starting their own cutting gardens.
Specialty varieties that flower lovers and floral designers covet simply aren’t easily available, unless you’re willing to wade through obscure text-heavy catalogs organized by latin names or spend a lot of money on bulk seeds in order to meet a suppliers’ minimum order. Most gardeners only need 50 to 100 seeds of a particular variety, not 1,000! And for growers with a longing to cultivate flowers in softer color palettes, not just the screaming shades found in the seed aisle of big box stores, it can be tough going.