Sweet Peas


One of the very first plants to find a place in the ground for Petal Passion's 2016 season is Sweet Peas Lathyrus odoratus, a cool weather annual native to Sicily, souther Italy and Aegean islands and I expect them to be blooming late May to early June, maybe longer if I get the successive plantings…

Cut-flowers seeds


Delphinium, Amaranth, Forget-Me-Not, Zinnia, Cosmos, Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate, Sweet William, Foxglove, Armenian Basket Flower, Osteospermum. We may be Oregonians through and through, shrugging off the copious rain, or maybe you're a transplant from a dryer region but either way, planning our summer garden is a great way to make it through these winter months with a little…

picture of Helleborus

Hellebore, a winter flowering plant.


Not many plants look their best in the winter time and even more plants are completely gone this time of year. So maybe that is one reason why the Hellebore can get away with nodding her head down towards the roots and still catch the attention of a passerby. Often called Winter- or Lenten Rose,…

Poinsettia, everything you wanted to know.


One of the pleasure nearing the Christmas season is the flood of Poinsettias everywhere. The plant also goes by the name Christmas Star, not surprisingly as the  dentate shape of the vibrant bracts form a blazing star, which remind us so clearly of the Star of Bethlehem, that Franciscan friars in Mexico included it in…

Chrysanthemums all around.


The Chrysanthemum bloom is symbolic to Autumn and is frequently referred to as the flower of the 9th moon, she is native to China and Eastern Europe and has a rich history dating back to the 15 century BC. “Kiku” Japanese for Chrysanthemum is the national flower of Japan, references of this flower goes back…

Wildflowers on Larch Mountain


Once in a while my husband and I find time to go on a hike. I love to bring my wildflower book along so we can identify the flowers encountered on the trail. This Memorial Day weekend brought us to a misty Larch Mountain trail and although it was not a good day for beautiful…

picture of seedtrays

March is for seeds.


For me the best time of the year is right now. March takes me inside my tiny but wonderful little greenhouse and I plant hundreds of seeds. The system I improvised is set up with rope lights, fastened with twisty ties under a repurposed office ceiling grit, found at the Rebuilding Center at 3625 N…

Petal Passion’s design in Fresh from the Field wedding flower guide.


Local & seasonal flowers continue to be the hottest trend in the floral industry—check out this new book, Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers which featured designs by Petal Passion. http://freshfromthefieldweddings.com/ Interested in using bulk flowers from Petal Passion for a DIY wedding or special event? Be sure to get a copy of Fresh from…

picture of garden bed covered in leaves

Soggy Leaves – Less Weeds


April 22, 2013  SOGGY LEAVES – LESS WEEDS Growing flowers for beautiful bouquets is a year long commitment.  Success requires a huge dose of  “if ‘x’ then ‘y’.” This is especially true in the fall when gardens need to be “put to bed” for the winter.  If beds stay uncovered all winter the gardener is…