Posts tagged ‘heliopsis’

The Day Before Market

After two weeks of selling mostly basil plants because that’s all I had, it’s nice to have enough flowers to actually need buckets to hold them.

The yellow lilies are Latvia, and I don’t know what the other ones are.


The daisies are Highland White Dream.

A favorite of mine is heliopsis, and it always comes through for me.  If it came in pink and blue I’d have half my field in it. There are also a few centaurea macrocephala sticking their fuzzy yellow heads out and exactly two pink snaps.

Heliopsis and friends

The lilies don’t look too shabby in a vase with a little bupleurem and baptisia foliage.

Latvia Lilies

All together, not what you would call a truckload of flowers, but worth the trip to the market, especially with some basil plants to help take up the slack.


In Praise of Heliopsis

As shown in the previous post, I’m getting a lot of heliopsis right now, and I’m really happy with it.  It’s easy to cut, the stems are long and strong, the blooms are good sized and are rarely flopped over, and it lasts a long time in the vase. Plus, it’s a perennial with a pretty long bloom time.  What’s not to like?

Last year I planted seeds for a short row and ended up with about thirty plants.


So far this year, I’ve cut about 200 stems with more coming.  They have slowed down a bit, and I doubt I will get 200 more yet this year, but then again, the year is far from over.  Let’s hear it for heliopsis!

Am I Rich Yet?

The answer to that is no.  Not today, not tomorrow, not any time in the foreseeable future.  But I am having some fun.

Sweet Williams have been doing great, but are about shot now, with daisies and heliopsis coming on.  Here is a shot from last Saturday’s market.

Bouquets for sale.

Bouquets for sale.

The nine bouquets were nice, but I could have used more.  Note to self:  let’s get some more early-blooming plants in for next year.  Blue would be nice.  How about Centaurea Montana or Catananche?

This week, heliopsis is doing really well.  See?

Today's heliopsis harvest

Today's heliopsis harvest

Here’s a shot of this week’s bouquets:

July 18 Bouquets

July 18 Bouquets

Still waiting for cosmos, zinnias, snapdragons, and someday… sunflowers.