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My first few years growing dahlias were ultimately unsuccessful. I grew healthy plants, but they would never bloom. It wasn’t until I met a 2nd generation flower farmer, John La Salle, that my dahlias started flourishing. Much of the dahlia-related knowledge he shared with me is outlined below. When living in New England, especially in […]
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  Jaunuary is always the coldest month of the year here in Vermont, making it also the most restful month of the year. This year many states are battling record colds they are not used to dealing with.  I am noticing there have been many questions about survival of  tender perennial plants on flower farming […]
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The Painted Tulip by Nicole - 6M ago
Cassidy and Luke were married at the Mad River Barn in Waitsfield, Vermont in July.  They wanted a quaint, rustic, Vermont wedding.  They asked me to design their personal flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres. They purchased our farm flowers in bulk to have friends design the centerpieces.  This is a common request. They filled local beer […]
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  Recently a farmer florist asked me, “How do you grow your wedding business?” I thought this would make an informative blog post. I have been working in this industry for 15 years now. When I started I charged very low prices. I didn’t know any better, and it got my name out there. As time has […]
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The Painted Tulip by Nicole - 8M ago
Recently I received a request to write about my dahlia storage. So here we go.  The pictures are not all beautiful, but provide you the information you need.  Dig the dahlia tuber and shake off dirt but leave whatever sticks. Usually the dirt between the tubers sticks that’s fine, just let it be. I let […]
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The ground is frozen but the work doesn’t stop for this Farmer Florist. We put in our high tunnel–now what?  I have started a map of what seedlings, bulbs, tubers and corms will be going in when and where. I am a visual thinker so drawing it out works best for me. I am trying […]
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November is the month of gray lead sky and bare trees we call stick season in Vermont. Though still beautiful it can be a bit melancholy.  But not here this year. We started tearing down a small cold frame in order to rebuild in a different location so we can put up a new 30 […]
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We will be selling dahlias tubers again this spring. There have been several inquiries about what tubers we will be offering, so here is a preview. Our store won’t be open for a bit, but we would love you to  purchase your tubers from us.   We sell in bags of 5 tubers per bag […]
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