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Hope I've Selected Good Ones!

Posted by joraines 7 Upstate SC (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 14, 13 at 14:07

We have a small hay farm and are going to plant heirloom vegetable seeds this spring and start a farmer's market sideline business (we are hay farmers). I also want some annual cut flowers to give/use/sell. I spent last night reading many threads and thank you, I've learned so much. I stopped by a very reputable farm and garden center in our area today and bought the following seeds which I hope will perform well in our Zone 7 hot, usually dry summers:

Moulin Rhouge Sunflower
Mezullah F1 Sunflower (?? the pic is pretty)
Giant Cactus Zinnia Mix
Celosia (mix)
Cosmos Dwarf Sensation
Shirley mixed Poppy

Going into this a bit slowly. I already have Rudbeckia, Echinacea, bee balm, adn other perrenials for cutting. Any advice is greatly apprecatied!

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RE: Hope I've Selected Good Ones!

Looks as if you have made some nice choices for bouquets. For more inspiration, check the Johnny's Selected Seeds catalog. Ornamental basil also makes a nice filler.

Here is a link that might be useful: Johnny's Selected Seeds for Cut Fowers

RE: Hope I've Selected Good Ones!

Thank you for your reply. I will check that site out. I have been busy clearing saplings, briars and brush from a creek bank where, over 20 years ago, we planted azaleas and a large rhododendron. We are also hoping to grow the fledgling wedding business we have started very slowly. We plan to put a split rail fence along the bank and tree line that overlooks the creek area and probably will plant Knock Out Roses there as they pretty much take care of themselves once established. Wish I could plant some flowers there as well but whatever is there will have to make do during our hot summers with little watering, feeding and pampering.

RE: Hope I've Selected Good Ones!

My favorite is Benary giant zinnia… the colors are fantastic, and they’ve got great vase life. I do pinch asap, but other than that they do great on their own... I'm not familiar with giant cactus... I'll have to look those up!

I love dahlias as well for cut flowers… and are nice since the (well, here in PA) bloom season picks up when other stuff is dying down.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Garden

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