Well, you've probably put it together that my name is Sarah, that's always the first step of an introduction! I've been married to a 4th generation grain farmer for the last 14 years and we're raising the 5th generation and have 3 boys. I've also recently left my career as a Registered Nurse in the local emergency room to pursue my dream of flower farming and homesteading full time.
I have always had a garden on our acreage on the beautiful Alberta prairies in Wheatland County, but it was only 5 years ago that I started growing cut flowers. What do I mean by "cut" flowers? Well, instead of just planting decorative perennials around our yard, I intentionally planted flowers for the purpose of cutting and harvesting them to enjoy in an arrangement. I hadn't ever really thought about it until I started following some cut flower farmers on Instagram and fell in love.
The first year I planted a little bit of everything and learned what I liked and what I didn't like, and what grew well where we live in our short 100 day growing season in zone 3.
From following more and more flower farmers on Instagram, I quickly learned what I wanted to try growing in my own garden. The best and most frustrating part about growing flowers is learning from all the mistakes I have made, and always wanting to do better.
The first year I grew about 5 dahlias, not knowing really what they were, but I quickly fell in love. The next year I started seeking out certain varieties and planted about 20 dahlias; last year I planted over 100, and this year 1/2 my garden consists of over 400 dahlias! I hope you love them as much as I do!
Please help me learn and grow, if you have any comments or questions, never hesitate to ask!