5 Fabulous Cut Flowers for Your Garden + Book Giveaway

flower book on table with flowers

Last year, when my blog was nominated by Better Homes and Gardens as one of the Top 10 Garden Blogs of 2016, I found myself in the company of many amazing bloggers. I love expanding my virtual gardening community, so after learning about the nomination I emailed the other nominees to congratulate them and introduce myself.

I quickly learned that Erin, the owner of Floret Flowers, was kind and generous when she asked for my address to mail me a little care package of flower seeds to try in my garden.

I’ve been following her business journey ever since and am continually inspired by the gorgeous photos on her website and Instagram. Her photos of the dahlia harvest at her farm last fall convinced me that I must order dahlias for my garden this season. And I did – from her seed company!

Floret recently released a new book, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal BloomsLast Friday I treated myself to an afternoon at my local coffee with the book and all of my flower seeds for the season. I happily read through the whole thing and planned out how I’m going to incorporate more flowers into my garden this year.

Easy & Beautiful DIY Garden Trellis

Easy Garden Trellis

August in Wisconsin is the peak of beauty in the vegetable garden. All of the flowers are bursting with color, the harvest is starting in earnest and my basket fills up with all the colors of the rainbow each morning. The plants themselves are big and lush, bursting with growth and tumbling every which way. My garden feels a bit like a living, breathing beast that’s going to take over my entire yard. It’s a jungle out there!

I’m currently reading the book, Growing Beautiful Food, and it explores a topic close to my heart – growing food not only to feed your body, but to feed your soul as well. I loved this quote,

“If you begin to imagine growing food as an art form, where you move beyond the supply and demand of feeding yourself and others and into the realm of aesthetics, then you begin to cultivate beauty as well. And beauty is a fundamental human need, as essential as breath.”

At this time of year I soak in the aesthetic beauty of my garden and embrace the extra joy in brings to my life. And I’m re-convinced that having a gorgeous vegetable garden is just as important as having a productive one.

Every season I try to pay close attention to which parts I feel drawn to visually, so I can make mental notes about especially striking flower combinations, stand out vegetable varieties and anything else that elicits a feeling of happiness in my heart.

One element of my garden that’s consistently been a favorite are the “temporary” trellises I created last year. When we bought our house there was very little landscaping around it. We’re slowly adding trees, shrubs and perennials, but it’s still pretty bare. My vegetable gardens sit nicely in front of and on the side of my house, but they can sometimes feel flat and boring in the early and late parts of the season.

Last spring I decided that I needed to add some temporary height around the house to make the gardens more visually interesting. I wanted something quick, easy and inexpensive to start with while I work out my plans for future structures. After some scheming and dreaming, I decided to try a livestock panel trellis.

First, I’ll show you some shots of the trellises from this season. Then, I’ll tell you how we made them.

39 Garden Bloggers Share Their Biggest Mistakes

top garden bloggers share garden mistakes


As gardeners, we love to huddle up (virtually and in person) to swap tricks, tips, favorite plant varieties and yes…even our mistakes. No matter how many years we’ve been gardening each season there are total failures, pledges of doing better next year, and times when we ask ourselves, “Why did I do that? I should know better.”

One of my favorite quotes about mistakes comes from the book, The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture“In the garden there are no mistakes, just lessons pointing you towards better solutions.”

It’s in the spirit of this quote that I invited 38 top garden bloggers to gather together to reflect upon and share their garden bloopers by answering this question:

What’s the biggest mistake you made when you started gardening?

With enough distance, if we’re lucky, life allows us to laugh at our blunders and missteps. You’ll find a lot of humor in the following reflections, and you might even discover a glimpse of yourself!


Shawna CoronadoShawna Coronado ShawnaCoronado.com // @ShawnaCoronado

~ Shawna is a wellness lifestyle advocate, professional author, blogger, photographer, and media host who campaigns for social good. She has a “make a difference” focus on green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and healthy food recipes built to inspire.

The biggest and most horrifying mistake I have made in my garden happened when I first started gardening. My roses were covered with aphids and a friend of mine told me about a “systemic pesticide”, which can be a bug killer and fertilizer combined.

I used it and it worked so well that I put the systemic on every single plant in my garden. Systemic pesticides are taken up “inside” the plant by working through the root system and poisons the insects when they come to feed.

While it sounds like a principal that should be effective, the problem happened when I went to my butterfly loving plants and discovered no butterflies.

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