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December 6th 2015

Floret’s favorites: “Cool Summer” seeds

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Floret_Seed Packets-01To celebrate the launch of Floret’s new line of holiday gift collections, I’ve decided to throw a little multi-day party here on the blog and give away a few of my favorite products from the Floret Shop.

Today, I’m giving away one of Floret’s new Cool Summer Seed collection.

Over the years, I’ve trialed thousands of flower varieties in search of the very best for cut flower production and it has been a long time goal to make them available to you.  We scoured the globe to find the very best seeds and in January we’ll be rolling out our full line of specialty seeds.  This special collection is a little sneak peek of the flowery goodness that is to come!

I personally selected each variety in this Cool Summer Seed collection with an eye towards growing foolproof bouquet ingredients in a beautiful cool blue, white, green and lavender color palette. Each of these varieties is super easy to grow, can be direct seeded into your garden from late fall to early spring (no greenhouse needed!) and will provide ultra productive blooms and foliage for six glorious weeks.   

The Cool Summer Seed collection contains one packet of each of Bells of Ireland, Bupleurum, Honeywort, Larkspur Summer Skies Mix, Love in a Mist Starry Night Mix and Queen Anne’s Lace.

UPDATE: The seed collection giveaway winners are: Ellen Guiling, Chris G and Alissa.  Congratulations!  Please send your mailing address to: info {at} www.floretflowers.com and we’ll get them in the mail to you right away.  Happy Holidays!

135 Comments

  1. Gerri on

    You’re the grteseta! JMHO

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  2. Donna Lee on

    I’m already excited about spring! The ground here is covered in snow in most places, especially in my garden areas. I love to photograph flowers, and all of these are beautiful to photograph with a macro lens, in bunches, or with other flowers. Love in a Mist is one of my favorites.

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  3. Melissa Hitchcock on

    Dreaming of wildflowers and new beginnings. Thank you for guiding, inspiring and nurturing my dreams.

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  4. Jonna on

    Queen Anne’s Lace! Never tire of it and would love to plant it in honor of my grandmother with the same name who passed last year.

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  5. Sharon Demers on

    It is hard to choose just one! Such a wonderful combination! I would have to say the Honeywort, they sure are beautiful! :)

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  6. Jessie on

    Love-in-a-mist is always a dearly beloved, and I would love to try the larkspur too. QAL grows everywhere down here but I’m always looking for new varieties. And the honeywort is just… so…. cool!

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    • Chas on

      Bells of Ireland would be my pick! :)

  7. Dani peterson on

    Honey wart! That was hard to narrow down! So excited for your seeds! I would love to see several types of dahlias in the future!

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  8. Jennifer K. on

    I am excited to plant Queen Anne’s Lace!

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  9. Ashley on

    love in a mist! I love those wispy blooms.

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  10. Alison Bockelie on

    always love everything I see! can’t wait to start planting! ?

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  11. Mary N on

    Queen Anne’s lace has always been a family favorite, I think everyone who has grown up surrounded by it has a special place in their hearts for it. But! Love in a Mist was a brand new flower to me this summer, grown by a dear friend. I was instantly captivated by it and put it on my to-grow list for next year. Would love to have your variety in my garden!

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  12. Alisa on

    My husband and I recently moved into a townhouse that has a small allotment where I can plant. I plans to experiment with raised veggies, and think a border of cutting flowers would just be the bee’s knees! Queen Ann Lace would be the frosting ony dreamy cake.

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  13. Michelle Awasthi on

    I agree with Claude Monet; flowers, flowers always. No matter my income, I have always made room in my budget for fresh cut flowers. I love flowers in my yard and in my home especially the old timers; peonies, heritage roses, callas lillies, lilacs, Fox gloves, etc.

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  14. Emily M on

    Larkspur, a longtime favorite… it feels so rich to be discussing this in December! What goodness.

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  15. Nancy Bowman on

    I couldn’t choose! All of these sound magical! We moved to a new home over a year ago and I haven’t planted any flowers yet. Next season I will dive in!

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  16. Donna Caisse on

    I love the seed packet design, with the botanical drawings. and paper bag color, less is more. I am eager to try larkspur, they are so delicate and pretty in a bouquet. Pink and white are my favorite colors of larkspur. I have always loved Queen Anne’s Lace, but have taken to the roadside or fields to pick them, I would love to grow them in my flower garden.

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  17. Judy Furlow on

    Oh having this collection of new summer flower seeds would get me through this winter! Thanks for the beauty you share.

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  18. Oksana on

    Thank you for flower inspiring?

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  19. Meriwether Broaddus on

    I love Queen Anne’s Lace and Bupleurum! I’ve never grown Honeywort so that would be interesting.
    Thank you for doing these give-aways!

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  20. Sarah Wakeman on

    Love in a Mist because I have never heard of it before and it sounds terribly intriguing and romantic!

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  21. Svetlana Mironova on

    Thank you for this opportunity. I am so glad you are starting seed line. It is not easy to find uncommon flowers seeds.

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  22. Liz Stiles on

    I am excited to grow Larkspur. It was the first flower I was able to identify in a geography hike in college. I had no idea such a beautiful plant could grow in the wild.

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  23. Carissa Russell on

    I had to google honeywort to see what it looks like, and it is lovely! And its has a nice smell, too?!
    My sister’s favorite is love in a mist, so I would have to share!

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  24. Cheryl Welch on

    I really enjoy looking at your Instagram pics. So inspiring! Will mark the blog on my iPad so I can read it. In Zone 8 in Mississippi I can only grow the Queen Anne’s lace and the larkspur which is fall planted. Love-in-a-mist is fall planted too. I love bupleurum and see it in the mountains of NC in the summer. Afraid our summers are too hot for that. So, Queen Anne’s lace and larkspur are my choice! I wish you the greatest success!

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  25. Ellen Guiling on

    Larkspur is my bowling nickname. It is embroidered on my old-school bowling shirt. Two weeks ago I bowled a 145, my personal best! I have grown Larkspur for over a decade and share the seeds with everyone. But most of mine have turned to a pale pink and I need a fresh start!

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    • Floret on

      Congrats Ellen (aka Larkspur)! You’re a winner! Please send your mailing address to: info [at] http://www.floretflowers.com and we’ll send them out to you!

  26. Linda Adams on

    I have grown all of them except honeywort. I love larkspur and queen anne’s lace in Southern California.

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  27. Pat Hayes on

    I love what you do! As a interior designer by trade, I can’t get enough flowers in my yard to brighten up a room! Thank you! Pat Hayes “The Masters Design”

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  28. Heather on

    Being a gardener means you’re always looking to the future – when to plant, when will they germinate, the first bloom, etc. But with flowers as lovely as these, I don’t think I mind. :)

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  29. Alissa on

    I would love to win your beeeautiful seeds!! Pls count my floppy gardening hat in the “ring!” xo

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    • Floret on

      Congrats Alissa–you’re a winner! Please send your mailing address to: info [at] http://www.floretflowers.com and we’ll send them out to you. Happy Holidays!

  30. Jill on

    I would love to try honeywart but all sound wonderful to me!

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  31. Laura on

    All of them sound lovely!

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  32. Jen on

    bupleurum as unfamiliar with it

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  33. Lena Kosova Wittrock on

    These are just beautiful!
    I would love to grow bluebells of Ireland to remind me of my study years spent in England…

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  34. Missy on

    My daughters (10 & 12) are adding cut flowers to their gardening line up this year. Any and all of these would be perfect additions!

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  35. Alyse Piburn on

    I love the textures and hues of Love in a Mist and am curious to see how the Starry Night Mix tolerates my mountain garden and compliments my cut arrangements.

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  36. Krystn on

    Bells of Ireland and bupleurum!
    And Queen Anne’s Lace…
    !

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  37. Rita on

    The packaging looks beautiful! I’d most want to grow love-in-a-mist.

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  38. Corine on

    thrilled that you’re sharing what youve learned about some of your favorites. my dream is to have Cerinthe/honeywort mixed in all over, with handgrown florals at my own wedding. Cerinthe is so classy. looks as edible as blueberries and tapers into floral beauty using seeming leaves. thanks for so much inspiration. always looking forward to tending seeds

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  39. Sue on

    I’d love to try all of them but especially honeywort! I’m getting two bee hives this spring and it’s the perfect bloom for my new bee friends. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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  40. Maize on

    I’d like to try Honeywort mainly because of the name and when I give a bouquet to my daughter I could say ‘For you Honey Wort.’

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  41. Fiacre design on

    Happy for you and for the growth of your line. Thank you for sharing these seeds of your passion with all of us. I cannot wait to add these to my gardens. My bees will especially love the larkspur!
    May your business continue to bloom and grow.

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  42. Sonya Birkam on

    Honeywort! Just love, love, love the delicate yet abrupt nature of this flower! I feel like it would be such a unique treat in a bouquet! Coming from Michigan, I see others more commonly. :)

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  43. Yuko on

    I’ve just moved up to the Berkshires from NYC and so excited to start growing!

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  44. Carolyn on

    Love-in-a-Mist!! I’ve been wanting to grow it. I had some at a former home and miss it! Sweet collection!

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  45. Casey on

    I would love my own Queen Anne’s Lace. I use it all the time, but have to forage for it. Honestly, though, I’d dig the whole collection.

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  46. Karley M. on

    If I win, I am most excited to grow Bells of Ireland :)

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  47. Jesalyn on

    I would love to try honeywort! Thank you for all that you do and share Erin- so excited for the new things you’re unrolling in 2016.

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  48. Becky Dotson on

    I am so inspired by all that you do!!! Love, love, love Larkspur!! Bugging my husband for a Floret workshop next summer!

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  49. Callie Cain on

    Hey there!

    Just wanted to say that I truly love your Instagram and blog posts. I am a somewhat new flower lover and would love to start growing my own. I just need a little help getting there! I usually draw my inspiration from your posts. Thanks so much for what you do and doing what you love. Your work is not in vain!

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  50. Katy on

    There are so many great comments here; not really worried about winning, I’ll buy them anyway. I can’t wait to grow them All!

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  51. Courtney Phillips on

    I love how you’re excited to wait! Because I don’t think I can wait either! I would love to grow Love in a Mist. I love trying new varieties. Thank you for all that you share with us!

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  52. Rene on

    I love Larkspur and Honeywort! Can’t wait to plant your seeds here in CA!

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  53. Sora on

    hi floret! i am most excited to grow larkspurs and queen anne’s lace, i love anything in the parsely family!!

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  54. Lauren on

    I would love to grow Bells of Ireland! Looking forward to seeing the entire seed collection!! Also, your tool belt is a work of genius, can’t wait to order the left handed version.

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  55. Suzi on

    Yes! Yes! Yes!
    Yes! wha? wha?
    In that order
    Changing who’s to ya’s!
    (My new 2016 theme!)

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  56. Vanessa lang on

    Love-in-a-mist, poetic and love to use them in arrangements! Great job on the packaging.

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  57. Lauren on

    Larkspur is the most dainty and beautiful flower to me. It provides so much inspiration! As well as Queen Anne’s lace.

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  58. Robyn on

    Bells of Ireland for me!

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  59. Natasha on

    Such a beautiful assortment of bodacious blooms!

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  60. Elise Ostraff on

    I am most excited about honeywart. I also love the colors you have chosen that inspired this collection of seeds.

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  61. Lisa on

    Bupleurum definitely won my heart over the bunch of lovely arrangements of seeds! Everytime I see a bunch of bupleurum at a local store, I can’t help but to bring a bunch back home with me! I’d absolutely love to have a chance to grow them at home myself and enjoy them from the beginning of their spurt!

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  62. Erica on

    They are all gorgeous, blupluram has always been a favorite

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  63. Tess haggerty on

    All your flowers are so beautiful. I was at a wedding this summer, you were the florist and every flower was absolutely perfect. I was very impressed.
    I would love to try your bells of Ireland!

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  64. Lily P on

    Hello, just spent a good hour looking at your gorgeous creations on Instagram! I have just moved to the UK, under not the most amazing circumstances. I am unemployed, but have decided to pursue my dream of a flower farm and garden. I have signed up for an allotment in my grandmothers village. In a few weeks I will begin sowing for outdoor transplanting and beginning the first version of my dream. I am very nervous, and at times overwhelmed but I keep telling myself to take it slow and steady. Having some of these lovely seeds as a gift would be greatly appreciated as I am young so I don’t have any built up finances…and I have over 50 species on the list to grow (but will probably narrow it to half).
    Kind Regards,
    Victoria

    Ps- bells of Ireland are one of my favourite, with those strange sharp points under its unassuming flower.

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  65. cori on

    Love in the mistake is a flower I love as a filler

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  66. Samantha Berg on

    I would be so thrilled to grow Bells of Ireland in my parents’ garden. My mother has always spoken so fondly of them and how her mother used to grow them. I will be leaving on an LDS mission this summer for 18 months and I would love to leave them with a beautiful back yard.

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  67. Ruth on

    What a beautiful looking line! Love-in-a-mist is the one I’m excited to grow from seed. When I was married 10 years ago, my mother collected seeds from Love-in-a-mist and Passionflower from her garden and made wedding favors for us with them. All these years and a different continent later, it must be time to sow some myself.

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  68. Katie Sjogren on

    I’m most excited to try the Larkspur. All of the varieties remind me of my English grandparents and mum who all have the most lively, lovely and whimsical gardens. The best memories I have as a child are those little gardens they created.

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  69. Britt Keene on

    I’m so excited for the Belles of Ireland! My favorite ❤️

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  70. Hannah on

    My shop grew our first garden this summer! We are on our way to a more sustainable business. We would love to expand our selection with these amazing varieties!

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  71. Lucinda Packard on

    Love this collection! I would most enjoy growing bupleurum because I tried last year and was not successful! It’s such a wonderful foliage and filler that goes with everything. I would say the same for bells of Ireland and have had luck growing them. Honeywort was a challenge to process and always wilted quickly but do love it in the garden. With your growing and processing tips I’m sure I could have a successful crop! Thank you for all you teach and the beauty you share?

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  72. Chris G on

    Queen Anne’s lace! They attract a lot of pollinators, which is one of my main criteria for choosing flowers to plant in my yard. I live in a very sterile suburban neighborhood, so I want all the insects I can get. :)

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    • Floret on

      Congrats Chris–You’re a winner! Please send your mailing address to: info [at] http://www.floretflowers.com and we’ll send them out to you! Happy Holidays!

  73. Alison on

    Queen Anne’s lace has always been one of my favorite wild flowers to see welcoming in the coming season – I’d be so excited to grow it on purpose next year!

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  74. Marcy on

    Oh my goodness, they are all wonderful but I’d have to say love in a mist because I just love how unique and ethereal they are. I’m a photographer and I can’t wait to get out my macro again next summer to photograph them all!!

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  75. Mel Shapiro on

    Love In a Mist is so playful: such a spritely and delightful thing that lightens up any arrangement, any garden, any day. I’d love to be growing those….

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  76. Nikala on

    oh love this! i would love to try the bells of ireland. Love how they look/arrange themselves!

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  77. Tiana on

    I am so excited about your new seed line! I have been a florist for 13 years and also an aspiring farmer! I would love to see the larkspur growing right next to my precious daliahs in the summer time! Especially now that my husband has built me my own greenhouse, I am ready to start growing seeds!

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  78. Shyla on

    Love in a mist!

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  79. Blair on

    Love the packaging. I would love to Win this and plant some at my house!

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  80. Angela Van Order on

    I love those Bells Of Ireland. I love the height and color. Also, your packaging choice is outstanding. You are so generous.

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  81. Tricia Cisneros on

    Bells of Ireland! All would be beautiful and fun to try.

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  82. Roxine H. on

    I’d love to try some Bells of Ireland! Thank you!!

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  83. Katie on

    All of these are lovely…I am hoping to grow Bells of Ireland and Queen Anne’s Lace in my ever expanding cutting garden next spring! Thank you for a great giveaway!

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  84. Erika on

    I am new to flower gardening and would love to grow some Bells of Ireland and Larkspur! Thank you!

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  85. Debbie H on

    I would really like to try these as they are all new flowers to me and I would love to grow Queen Anne’s lace. Thank you for the chance!

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  86. Roseann on

    I love Queen Anne’s lace and would love to grow some for picking. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. Aleen D on

    I love how Love in a Mist sounds. I would be excited to see how those look. Thanks for the chance!

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  88. Emily on

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! You are such a “giver” and that is what this world needs more of! I have a whole separate garden devoted to the “cool” flowers: Echinops, a variety of nepeta, campanulas, budlia, jonston blue pelargoniums, bachelor buttons, annebelle hygrangea, casa blanca lilies, iceburg roses,etc. These seeds would complement them beautifuly and just think of the bouquets I could make!

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  89. Juanita Decuir on

    I was a floral designer for more than ten years and I miss working with fresh flowers every day. But, would love to grow them in my garden for I have no garden, the town removed everything including shrubs and small trees to install water pipes.

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  90. Stacey on

    Bells of Ireland! Reminds me of the first wedding I ever got to work on at the flower shop oh so many years ago.

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  91. pam on

    Bells of Ireland have always intrigued me. But any flower is a joy to grew.
    Happy Holidays!

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  92. Meghan on

    Hi I’m most excited about the Love-in-a-mist! thank you!

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  93. Stephanie on

    Bells of Ireland; always wanted to grow these!
    Thanks for your inspiring blog!

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  94. Yelena on

    I’m so excited to try growing Love-In-A-Mist! They just look so dreamy! But who am I kidding…I’m so excited to try them all!

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  95. Emilia on

    I grow Love-in a-mist every year and love it. I haven’t tried the others and I’m very curious to tried them.

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  96. Jane on

    I never thought of honeywort as a cutflower. Thanks for all the info you share.

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  97. Carly on

    Bells of Ireland; Ive always loved these flowers!

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  98. grace on

    I would love to try the love in a mist the most!,

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  99. grace on

    What a beautiful selection of seeds!

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  100. Tian on

    I would be most excited to grow the larkspur!

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  101. Melissa Smith on

    I am so excited for this! It is hard to narrow down what you want to plant, especially as a beginner with limited space, so this is a great introduction for my first real year trying to grow flowers for market!

    I am excited to grow Bells, Larkspur and Nigella

    Thanks!

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  102. Villlage Kid on

    For me the growing larkspur is the most exciting BUT if I am luck enough to win I am going to split these packets up among 3 of my most special friends here in Alaska (cool flower capital) for all the support they have offered me these past weeks, through a terrible and shocking loss.
    They love flowers, are avid gardeners and would so love to get these little nuggets of spring!!
    Thank you, and your team, for giving me a little spot of light just when I seem to need them!

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  103. Candace D on

    Bells of Ireland, always. Thank you for sharing your journey. It’s been so inspiring to read your posts. Last year I planted my first flower garden and it was an incredibly rewarding experience, from start to finish.

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  104. Lorna on

    Can’t wait to try the honeywort!

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  105. Sherry Shuler on

    When a post from floretflowers shows up on facebook I must take a moment and enjoy the beauty, thank you for providing this breath of fresh air. Since I relate to being a farmer more than a florist having a mix of flowers that work together will be wonderful and might help me find the inner florist that I know must be hiding in there somewhere. But I am most excited to grow love-in-a-mist. The feathery greenery in the plant is striking and I find myself fascinated by the vast array of non-floral elements that enhance a floral arrangement.

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  106. Mal on

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge on flower cultivars and how to grow them with all of us. I love the sound of the beautiful, cool color palate you described. I’d be most excited to grow Love in a Mist because blue is one of my favorite colors.

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  107. Jeannette Ring on

    Queen Anne’s Lace is one I cannot wait to plant since it reminds me of my grandmother. <3

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  108. Stephanie on

    Bells of Ireland, green is my favorite color!

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  109. Erica van Emmerik on

    Love-in-a-mist! The most beautiful of all flower names in my opinion. And also Queen Anne’s Lace. As a girl I found one as big as an umbrella and toted it around as long as I could. I would like to see if I could grow one as big enough for me now.

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  110. Katie on

    Thank you for this opportunity. I am starting my first cut flower garden next year. This would help give me a great start!

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  111. Jess on

    Thanks for all you share and inspiring me.

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  112. Carol on

    I loved the May 2015 article in Martha Stewart Living Magazine, which is how I found your site and blog. I am looking forward to seeing your book next Fall!

    I have always grown veggies and flowers, but the flowers have been just wherever I could find space to include them–well, some of the veggies, too! Recently, I have been considering changing my backyard to a floral cutting garden. I, too, am unfamiliar with Bupleurum. Hmmm, I have never grown honeywort but have heard of it. I love Bells of Ireland, Larkspur and Love-in-a-Mist, all of which I grow here in my Zone 5 (with some pockets of 6) garden in Columbus, Ohio. Queen Anne’s Lace grows wild in my grass. If I don’t control it, it is everywhere and its deep, carrot-like roots are difficult to pull in our clay soil here. But I do love them in arrangements. When I give an arrangement to a friend, I always have questions about the flowers. I have always used unexpected items in my arrangements and receive wonderful comments!

    Need to save up for that wonderful leather gardening belt!

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  113. Allison on

    I have had a thing for Larkspur ever since I first read Nancy Drew: The Password to Larkspur Lane. I’d love to have them in my own garden.

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  114. Kathy on

    I love Bells of Ireland, so fresh and unique, but Larkspur, Summer Skies Mix and Love in a Mist, Starry Night would be fun to try as well. Thanks for all you do!

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  115. plantmut on

    I would say bupleurum. I have never grown this and its not familiar to me so that makes it exciting to me. I can’t even begin to pronounce it either….he…he

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  116. Allison on

    Haven’t tried honeywort yet, but excited to. This is a lovely mix, and your packaging is simple and beautiful. I’d love to try out you seeds for future purchases.

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  117. LindaQ on

    I just wanted to say thanks for all that you do to help all of us flower growers! Your writings encourage all of us to try new varieties of cut flowers and you are there to provide your expertise on how to grow them all successfully! I tried Bells of Ireland and honeywort this year and would definately grow them again but this time with succession plantings. One thing we found out while picking was that the Bells of Ireland had little prickles under the bells!

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  118. Shalon on

    Thank you for the opportunity to win some of the awesome flowers that you grow. The only one that I have grown is Bells of Ireland. I love their color. I would love to try growing the larkspur. They remind me of my the flowers that my Grandma grew in her garden. Congratulations on all of the fabulous items in your shop!

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    • betty on

      I love Queen Anne’s Lace! Seeing clumps along the fences in Georgia and North Carolina send me back to my childhood and trips with my family:)

    • Melissa Hitchcock on

      Dreaming of wildflowers and new beginnings. Thank you for guiding, inspiring and nurturing my dreams.

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