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…

The dog days of summer.


I grew up with cool summers in my native Holland and the sweltering hot Virginia summers had me wilting most of those sweaty days when I first arrived in my new homeland. The humid climate was one of the reasons we decided to move elsewhere and thus in 1994 my husband Mark, the three kids…

picture of seasonal flowers at the farmer's market

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…

picture of bee on flower

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…

picture of plants in April

Spring cleaning


Spring cleaning has been in my bones since I was a little girl, helping my mom drag the old carpets outside to give it a good flogging with the 'mattenklopper' (carpet beater). I loved that job! I was not always particularly helpful with the way I used the devise (my family will tell) however there…

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…