Remembering the Daffodils

I always look forward to spring and the blooming of the daffodils.  We didn’t have any snow this winter, but did have some super cold temperatures.  Now that it’s spring, we have had several hard freezes and even a small amount of snow.  Unfortunately it was enough to take out the daffodils (along with the blooms … Read more

How to Start Tomatoes from Seed

Cherokee purple is an heirloom tomato that is easy to grow and one of my favorites! https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/10/15/storing-green-tomatoes/ https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2018/03/11/how-to-start-tomatoes-from-seed/

Growing tomatoes from seed is a great way to try new varieties. It’s easy, too!

Passionflower-It's Not What You Think

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a native vine that has a spiritual meaning and is also a host plant for the gulf fritillary butterfly. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/08/27/passionflower-its-not-what-you-think/

The other evening I was walking through the butterfly garden in search of monarch caterpillars, when my foot managed to get tangled in a vine.  Looking down, I noticed the beautiful passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata) sneaking its way into the garden path. Before I go any further, be advised this particular passionflower can be invasive.  … Read more

It's Four O'Clock Somewhere

One of the most talked about flower on my Instagram and Facebook page is Mirabilis jalapa or the old-fashioned four o’clock flower. Four o’clocks were one of the first flowers I grew when we bought our first home.  I had mentioned to a coworker that I wanted to find a flower that grew quickly from seed and … Read more

Minding My Own Beeswax

Making beeswax from recycled materials. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/07/23/minding-my-own-beeswax/

Making honey is no small feat for a bee.  Foraging bees must first visit many flowers to collect nectar.  Then, it is brought to the hive where a worker bee takes the nectar and places it in one of the openings in the specially prepared comb.   Bees then fan the nectar with their wings to remove as much … Read more

A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

This time of year, the gardens are filling in nicely with a mixture of annuals and perennials.  When the summer heat begins to build, I usually devote my garden walks to the early morning or late evening (late evening being my favorite.)  During the day though, these plants provide several species of bees, wasps, flies, and … Read more