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Gardening column: The ins and outs of growing starters

  • Article by: Nancy Rose
  • Contributing Writer
  • March 27, 2009 - 10:20 AM

QMy daughter is getting married in August, and she and I would like to grow flowers for the wedding bouquets and other arrangements. Can you suggest flowers that would be in bloom in August? We'd like to grow a range of colors, but nothing really bright, like red, and we're aiming for a casual, wildflower look.

 

AAnnuals and some summer flowering bulbs will be the best choices for an August wedding. Many perennials provide nice cut flowers, but because you would have to start with small plants this spring most would not produce enough flowers for cutting by August. I will mention some perennials, though, and you can check with friends and relatives to see if they might be able to provide you with some stems of flowers.

Timing is critical. I suggest that you do successive seedings of the annuals that can be sown outdoors. If you seed a short row each week or so in late spring into early summer, you'll have a better chance that enough flowers will be in peak bloom on the wedding date. Check seed catalogs or packages for information on how long it should take from seeding to bloom. This figure can vary greatly, of course, depending on weather conditions. Because summers are cooler in the Upper Midwest, you may need to add a week or more to the number of days to maturity.

Also make sure that you give the flowers these optimal growing conditions:

 

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