Narcissus, Daffodils, Jonquil, Happy sights of Spring Delight.


Daffodowndilly She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” –A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young Few other sights shout "SPRING's COMING!" better than  Daffodowndilly does with…

picture of Sweet William

Sweet William


Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) member of the Caryophyllaceae family is as popular as cut flower as a garden plant. Usually grown as a bi-annual it will grow foliage the first year and then blooms the second year. Sometimes it’s a short lived perennial but when given a chance, it will reseed itself generously and behave…

Snapdragon struggles.


During the second half of Spring, when my daily garden walk leads me eagerly to the row of Snapdragons,  I keep my fingers tightly crossed in the hope to find strong healthy shoots that will have ample strength to keep upright those beautiful inflorescence which hopefully will soon appear. Snapdragon's raceme-inflorescence are composed of many…

collage of flower pictures

What is your favorite flower?


In the floral industry we get asked that question quite a bit and no one in their right mind will answer with just one favorite flower, simply because in the flower world there is simply too much beauty to behold. The colors, the shapes, the smells, the wonders, the legends, the secrets and promises, the magic…

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…

October still has it going on with Dahlias, Zinnias, Monkshood, Toad Lilies and more..


Are you wondering how much longer local flower will be playing a role in Petal Passion's bouquets? Well the first frost will make an end to all the abundance of fall flowers, but that could still be weeks away. And the hard rains, that are just as capable of destruction, have not really materialized yet…

picture of Green Love Lies Bleeding

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…

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…