I have always been an avid gardener. The garden beds on our land were completed before my house was finished.
We built our house in late 1992, and I had a long garden bed in and planted before we broke ground. I have always loved daffodils and naturalizing them around the property, like my parents had, seemed a must. So those sprays of Yellow and White dot the landscape with promise and cheerfulness.
Then came the peonies! My love affair with tulips had a set back thanks to the deer roaming the area. In fact there was so much damage it changed what I planted out and not in as pleasing a way. But as our lives changed, so did the garden. I stopped showing and breeding Smooth Fox Terriers, and needed a new outlet. Back to gardening in ernest!
Since fresh flowers in the house was almost a religion, I decided to start my own cutting garden. With my husband’s help I built a good sized raised bed anchored around the outside with granite boulders, and planted mostly dahlias, my first ones.
During the summer of 2014 was when I began researching ‘Growing Cut Flowers” as a business thanks to a book By Lynn Byczynski. I did quite a bit of reading and research, and started small in 2015, but…I have grown each year (mostly by my choice) because I was sure the following year would be even better. I continue to read and research since there is always something new that can help you in some way. I also took the Floret On-line Course last Winter, and it caused me to re-think what I was doing and the way I was doing it. Change is always healthy, as long as you can make it work. I honestly love what I am doing right now, and I get to work with my husband Jim as a Team, on the Farm, watching our space take shape in glorious colour!
We still have a few Fox Terriers living with us, they are wonderful company and they help with unwanted rodents!