Anna's Cutting Garden

Fresh cut flowers for any occasion. Cut your own or place an order.

Operating as usual

08/18/2021

I am so very much enjoying this color and texture - a fall mum gifted to me recently.

I am so very much enjoying this color and texture - a fall mum gifted to me recently.

Photos from Anna's Cutting Garden's post 08/08/2021

A wild bucket turned into two bouquets. It feels like the abundance of summer.

Photos from Anna's Cutting Garden's post 07/23/2021

There was a lot of excitement on the farm today with this group of students and their teachers hailing from Tamarack Discovery School in Iowa City. They arranged bouquets, explored the food forest and made pita bread in the wood fired oven.

07/13/2021

A misshapen zinnia - still so beautiful.

A misshapen zinnia - still so beautiful.

07/06/2021

I love this flower for so many reasons. Besides being a stunning cut flower, it loves being planted in the cold season and then ends up blooming quite early for an annual. But even better, it self seeds and will often come back on its own. The pods are also great for adding structure and edgy beauty to a bouquet. When they are fully ripe, the seeds are a wonderful edible addition to salads and breads. The name is Love-in-a-mist, or Nigella.

I love this flower for so many reasons. Besides being a stunning cut flower, it loves being planted in the cold season and then ends up blooming quite early for an annual. But even better, it self seeds and will often come back on its own. The pods are also great for adding structure and edgy beauty to a bouquet. When they are fully ripe, the seeds are a wonderful edible addition to salads and breads. The name is Love-in-a-mist, or Nigella.

06/30/2021

For the first time in years, I planted some new perennials yesterday. Made this finger courage with the blooms I trimmed off. Really fun and frivolous. 😊🌸🌼

For the first time in years, I planted some new perennials yesterday. Made this finger courage with the blooms I trimmed off. Really fun and frivolous. 😊🌸🌼

Photos from Anna's Cutting Garden's post 06/29/2021

Here is a glimpse of my boutonnière process for the last wedding. As I make them, I tuck them into containers with shallow water to keep them hydrated. This time these mugs turned out to be the right size for the job.

Photos from Anna's Cutting Garden's post 06/19/2021

When you need peonies in June, they can be cut in the soft bud stage, wrapped in newspaper, and held in refrigeration. When you are ready to use them, pull them out, cut an inch off the stems, and place into warm water for several hours until they open. Will be using these for a wedding today!

06/19/2021

Cutting wedding buckets.

These cuts are tucked into warm water on this hot day. The warm water draws up faster for better hydration. Then they’ll head inside to condition and become hand bouquets and boutonnières.

05/31/2021

Hello, Friends,
I've been hosting classes on the farm through a new venture called Land Alliance Folk School. Here's one I thought you flower folk might enjoy. Intro to Natural Dyeing: Picking Color From the Garden, will be a chance to learn about easy to grow dye plants and the techniques for using them! Join us if interested, and please tell your friends! Link in comments below.

For anyone interested in natural fibers, another class, From Sheep to Yarn, will be offered the same weekend. We'll be starting will a raw fleece and learning how to process it and spin it into yarn.

Instructor, Lesley Darling, has become a perennial favorite here and is a great resource for all things fiber!

Hello, Friends,
I've been hosting classes on the farm through a new venture called Land Alliance Folk School. Here's one I thought you flower folk might enjoy. Intro to Natural Dyeing: Picking Color From the Garden, will be a chance to learn about easy to grow dye plants and the techniques for using them! Join us if interested, and please tell your friends! Link in comments below.

For anyone interested in natural fibers, another class, From Sheep to Yarn, will be offered the same weekend. We'll be starting will a raw fleece and learning how to process it and spin it into yarn.

Instructor, Lesley Darling, has become a perennial favorite here and is a great resource for all things fiber!

05/29/2021

Box of tiny table bouquets. Getting ready for my neice’s grad party. 🌸

Box of tiny table bouquets. Getting ready for my neice’s grad party. 🌸

05/19/2021

For those of you who are new, this garden was planted as a hospitable spot to relax and gather your own cut flowers. There are no set hours, so if you have a whim to stop out, just send me a text to arrange for a visit. Vases and scissors are provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you wish.

For those of you who are new, this garden was planted as a hospitable spot to relax and gather your own cut flowers. There are no set hours, so if you have a whim to stop out, just send me a text to arrange for a visit. Vases and scissors are provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you wish.

Photos from Anna's Cutting Garden's post 05/16/2021

Spring colors.

05/14/2021

The lilacs seemed to have a hard winter and many of them have small, scattered blooms, but I couldn’t resist celebrating them anyway. Still so lovely, and this pinkish white double is fragrant.

The lilacs seemed to have a hard winter and many of them have small, scattered blooms, but I couldn’t resist celebrating them anyway. Still so lovely, and this pinkish white double is fragrant.

04/06/2021

Apricot blossoms and forsythia.

Apricot blossoms and forsythia.

Photos from Anna's Cutting Garden's post 03/02/2021

Feeling sort of happy with this change of seasons. I always feel a bit sad to see the snow leave, but the warm weather is so lovely. And the flowers are coming. 😊🌸

Photos from Anna's Cutting Garden's post 10/26/2020

Some fun finds on a Sunday afternoon walk. The berries are rose hips and native euonymus.

Photos from Anna's Cutting Garden's post 10/20/2020

I never feel quite ready for this. Calendula and nasturtiums are reacting quite differently to the snow. The calendula seems unphased and the nasturtiums are frozen. I will miss their spicy flavor and bold beauty.

10/18/2020

Bringing in the marigolds before the frost. I’ll miss their bold beauty in the garden.

Bringing in the marigolds before the frost. I’ll miss their bold beauty in the garden.

09/25/2020

Well I just found out that dahlia are dye plants and I thought you all would enjoy this photo I took a couple years ago. If you’re interested in natural dying you can join us for class on Saturday. Tickets are in Land Alliance Folk School events. 🌸

Well, there’s been a lot of excitement around here this summer. Before it winds down to a dull roar, there are a couple wonderful classes I hope you can join us for. This Saturday Lesley Darling will be teaching another fabulous class - this time, an introduction to dyeing fabric with natural dyes. In anticipation I’ve been learning which local plants can be used. Found out that this dahlia is a dye plant!! Such a nice surprise.
If you’re as excited as I am, find a ticket and join us!
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While we’re here I want to also tell you about our first course of the fall: Creating Videos - Start to finish with Maggie Techner-Werner. For all you folks out there wanting to learn how to put together video content, this will be a four part course demonstrating filmmaking with your cell phone from the planning stage through editing and publishing. In this era, it should be a great resource in any arena! The course starts next Saturday Oct 3.

09/23/2020

Anyone want to learn natural how to dye fabric or yarn with plants you can find in nature? Join us for an online class with Lesley Darling on Saturday at 10 am.

https://facebook.com/events/s/online-all-about-natural-dyes/377657869889622/?ti=icl

This wild beauty is Goldenrod - a dye plant and an edible! Join us for a class with Lesley Darling, All About Natural Dyes. No previous experience needed - just come soak up all she has to say about how to dye with natural plants that you can grow yourself or forage in the wild.

eventbrite.com 09/17/2020

Online: Harvest & Preservation Part III - Drying and Root Cellaring

I dried these cherry tomato raisins last year and would keep a small bag of them in my backpack as a quick snack when I was studying or away from home. Sliced dried beets were great for this, too. I'm looking forward to learning more in class on Saturday.

eventbrite.com This hands on class is the third of a three part series and will cover the essentials of drying and root cellaring. Teacher Mary Swander grows and preserves almost all of her own food and has experience to share in abundance. Come learn all her tips and tricks!

09/11/2020

Land Alliance Folk School

A couple years ago this plant mysteriously introduced itself to my garden. It bloomed very early and was so cheerful that I cautiously let it stay. It ended up spreading with a lot of confidence, so I pulled some out - and came away with dark yellow stains on my hands. So I sleuthed out its name and nature and found that it is a dye plant called Greater Celandine. So happy to have been introduced!! And now eager to learn what other dye plants might be in my garden. If you’re as curious about these things as I am, I’d love to have you join the Harvesting Natural Dye Plants class tomorrow, Saturday, Sept 12 at 10:00 am with @lesley.darling.fiber. She’s an internationally known fiber artist and a lovely person. 🌼 Tickets in events!

09/02/2020

When most of my perennials are looking pretty tired these marigolds are still fresh and proud and offering so much! See the post below for the many functions of marigolds.

Marigolds have always seemed rather commonplace to me, but they are a powerhouse in the food forest. They not only serve as a delicate edible - good for tea, salads and saffron substitute - they are also a guard against nematodes and rabbits. A remarkable bonus is that they also serve as a dye plant!
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I’ll be teaching more about plant function and garden design in our online Food Forest Design class on this Saturday, Sept 5.
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Learn more about dye plants in two upcoming online classes with @lesley.darling.fiber: Harvesting Dyes from the Garden and the Wild on Sept 12, and All About Natural Dyes on Sept 26.
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Want to dry them for later? Learn drying techniques with Mary Swander in online Drying & Root Cellaring on Sept 19.
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All classes are online. Tickets in events.

08/25/2020

Another chance to learn a new preservation technique!

I really hope you can join us for our online brine pickling and fermenting class! Steven Fletcher will teach us three methods of pickling - adaptable to whatever you have in your garden. You will gather a host of new possibilities!

08/24/2020

I was wandering back through some photos and found these - made for a couple in the nursing home celebrating their anniversary. With so few weddings this summer, it was fun to craft some wearables for them.

08/20/2020

I’m teaching a canning class this weekend. Anyone want to join? See post below for a couple tricks to simplify your canning season.

Well folks, our canning class is right around the corner! If you locals want to take a break from the aftermath of the storm, this might be a fun distraction. For all you experts and new canners here are a couple of tips to simplify your season:
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Keep a stash of clean washed jars ready on your counter or in a box in your kitchen. That way they are ready to go whenever your produce comes in from the garden.
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Get a box or a crate and collect everything you need for canning - flats, rings, jar lifter, canning funnel, sugar, salt, vinegar, spices, etc. With everything in one spot, it’s easy to grab what you need. It’s also easy to tuck it away when you need to clean up the kitchen.

08/09/2020

A coffee carrier came into our lives this week, and it turned out to be so lovely for delivering flowers to friends. 🌸

07/13/2020

Buckets of cut flowers gathered this weekend by a bride and her family.

07/07/2020

Botanical Line Drawing II 🌸

Botanical Line Drawing II is this Saturday at 3:00! We’ll be demystifying some of the tricky drawing problems that flowers present us. No previous class is required. Please join us! Get tickets in events.

06/19/2020

A friend graced us with a cheesecake on Monday and I gathered all the edible flowers from the food forest to decorate it. Sage, radish and pea blossoms, calendula, and bachelors buttons. Note the second photo: we pulled these off before eating the cheesecake. They have been sitting here all week and are still looking fresh! Something to keep in mind when arranging boutonnières and corsages!

06/17/2020

Land Alliance Folk School

Good news and bad news. This beautiful plant has two qualities I wasn’t aware of. It was a great surprise to find out that Dames Rocket is edible. Both the blossoms and the leaves offer up an early season food source. They also provide whimsical form and color when the garden is just warming up. The bad news: it’s also a non native invasive! It originated in Europe and has spread worldwide. It’s now setting seed in the cutting garden, so we pulled all but a few of the plants in order to manage it’s spread. If you find it in your timber or wild spaces consider pulling it or making every blossom into a bouquet. Since it is a biennial the plants themselves won’t pose a continued threat as long as they aren’t allowed to seed. 🌸

06/11/2020

The elegance of iris and peonies has given way to the whimsy of larkspur, penstemon and tanacetum. Always changing!

06/03/2020

Spring colors.

05/23/2020

It was a joy to meet so many flower enthusiasts this weekend!

Several of you also asked about pizza pickup. Here is the menu and order form. You can order from 4-7:30 on Fridays and 9:30-noon on Saturdays. And you can always cut flowers while you’re here. 😊 Would love to have you!

https://form.jotform.com/201244210004128

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