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…

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…

36 bushels of wheat 72 of rice 4 oxen 12 sheep 8 pigs 2 barrels of wine 4 barrels of beer 2 tons of butter 1000 pounds of cheese a bed a suit of clothes and a silver cup for a single glorious Tulip

As a transplant from Holland it is all too easy to identify with the ubiquitous Tulips in Spring as they are such a common symbol of the old country. But even at the risk of being cliche, this beautiful cut flower is worth knowing about because it comes with its own interesting history. Originally from…

Late summer blooms

After abundant summer days, September is bringing some lower temperatures but no rain to speak of. Cooler evenings and shorter days. Dahlias, Sunflowers, Cosmos, Chrysanthemums, Sedum, Hydrangeas, Japanese Anemonies and of course the hardy Roses are not faced by any of this, they still keep going until at least the end of the month and…

Midsummer flowers

Midsummer flowers can easily be found at the farmer's market. Petal Passion's bouquets can be found at the Hillsdale Farmers market from April through September. Beebalm, Crocosmia, Snapdragons, Marguarite Daisies, the tall spikes of Delphinium, Lupines and many more varieties of flowers vie for attention at one of  Petal Passion's urban garden plots around this…

Bees

Flowers need bees and bees need flowers, a beautiful symbiotic relationship that has endured throughout the ages. For as long as we know pollinators have come to the flowers in search or nectar and pollen and in the process of feeding, they pollinate the flowers and thus ensure the plants' and their own continuation. The…