Quite a few people replied and asked how I could cut them so young and have them last? How long until they wilt?
(pretty sure under their breath they were saying – those are going to wilt!)
So here’s the deal. I look for one thing in each stem that I cut – the stem has to have at least one flower on it that has lost its stamens and is starting to go to seed. Check out the three images here, in each one you’ll see the bottom of the three blooms is without the stamens (yellow pollen). My friend Riz of RHR Horticulture shared with me awhile back that the key of getting hellebores to last is to wait to cut them until at least one flower per stem has started to go to seed. Riz is a well known horticulturist, especially here in Washington State.
Ok, so after I sort through my plants I do a fresh, sharp cut on the stems I want and I immediately dipped the cut stems into QuickDip. In general I don’t use many flower aids/foods, etc. But I find with hellebores it sure doesn’t hurt to dip a fresh cut stem into QuickDip. That’s It!
I have had GREAT LUCK with these two simple steps. I cut the above hellebores two weeks ago for a design class that I was teaching — and guess what, I still have many of them in a vase on my desk!
Here’s one of my arrangements re-using the hellebores I had used in my class demonstration –
Here’s another example of how well the hellebores aged.
This is an arrangement designed by Amanda of Alluring Blooms –
Ten days later I took her arrangement apart, check out what was left of the flowers –
Crazy, right?? The hellebores still looked great! A few tulips were trying to hang in there. The anemones, hyacinths, pieris japonica, fritillaries and ranunculus were DONE!
So there you have it, that’s what I how I care for cut hellebores out of my garden!
Today we have a guest post by the lovely Amanda of Alluring Blooms in Madison, Wisconsin. Amanda toured Blooming of Beloit, a flower farm also located in Wisconsin. Thank you, Amanda, for this great piece and for introducing us to a new-to-us flower farmer!
Alluring Blooms Farm Tour – Blooming of Beloit – May 19, 2015
Back on a cold, dark mid-May day I had the pleasure of taking the short drive south to visit Shlomo at Blooming of Beloit. He was kind enough to open his farm up to me for a tour to share with the readers of Flirty Fleurs! Blooming of Beloit specializes in specialty cut flowers grown right in southern Wisconsin. They also have an import line which brings in product from Israel and other locations abroad.
Shlomo began the tour by telling me about his process of purchasing the farm. When he purchased the farm (nearly 20 years ago), it was 100+ acres of cornfield. They had to add a well, roads, drip irrigation systems, etc. The first three years consisted of a lot of trial and error. They planted many different varieties to test which plants would perform best on the farm. When a variety proved its worth, it was mass-planted in a different section of the farm.
There were so many plants that caught my eye on the tour, but I’ll share some of my favorites:
Viburnum – I’m a total sucker for viburnum, so this was a real treat for me. This beautiful shrub is cut at various stages on the farm. Early in the season it’s cut for its green buds + flowers. Later it’s cut for its green berries. Even later in the season it’s cut for its purple/blue/black berries.
Aronia (chokeberry or chokecherry) – This pretty shrub is also cut at various stages. In the spring it’s cut for its beautiful little flowers, then about a month later for its green berries.
Lilac – They have so many different shades and varieties of lilac! I was particularly smitten with the blush pink variety called Beauty of Moscow.
Hydrangea – I thought it was very interesting that they grow some hydrangea under shade cloth, and others directly in the sun. Shlomo explained that this was to spread out the bloom time.
Variegated Willow – I really liked this unique foliage. I really loved how the tips were the most perfect hue of champagne.
Crabapple – I love crabapple on the branch! What a wonderful addition to floral arrangements.
I asked Shlomo if he had one thing to share, what would it be? He wanted florists to know that growers are dealing with mother nature – and sometimes mother nature just doesn’t cooperate when it comes to bloom times. They can’t force blooms to mature quicker than they do! He stressed that if florists keep this in mind, they can avoid disappointment.
Blooming of Beloit sells to wholesalers only. If you’re interested in purchasing some of their gorgeous product, ask your wholesaler for Blooming of Beloit. Shlomo is very willing to custom pack orders just for wedding and event florists (no minimums, and they’ll mix cases) but all orders must be placed through your wholesaler. If your wholesaler doesn’t their product – reach out to get a recommendation on a wholesaler who does!
A giant THANK YOU to Shlomo and the staff at Blooming of Beloit who were kind enough to show me around their farm, and a huge THANK YOU to Alicia at Flirty Fleurs for connecting us!
Oh, do I have the cutest post to share with all of you today! A bunch of my fellow Chapel Designer friends got together and came up with the idea to dress our furry friends with flowers. So fun to see the variety of dogs everyone has, and to see them all dressed up with flowers!
ohhh… wait … we have one more and it’s NOT a dog!
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you see a bird wearing a floral halo.
Say Hello to Louie of Moss Fine Floral!