Yesterday's Flowers for Today's Gardens

January 8, 2020

If Winter’s Here

IF WINTER’S HERE CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND? Three perennial flowers that brave EARLY spring. Darmera peltata, Umbrella plant Z 5-8 Well before its dramatic leaves appear, leafless red stems shoot up from the earth, as if from nowhere, then a sphere shaped by many pink flowers tops it all.           […]

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July 9, 2019

DEADHEAD IS NOT JUST FOR Jerry Garcia’s Sugar Magnolia.

Sugar magnolia, a magic musical song, does not exist in the plant world. Someone should create it. But it’s time to deadhead in the garden to make more flowers and keep your garden looking fresh. Deadheading means cutting back after flowers have gone by. It encourages plants to flower again. Cut back the stem below […]

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June 11, 2019


As two customers left last week one said to the other, “oh, this is an education.” YES gardening is an education. We don’t just grow a pretty garden. Gardeners discover bees, bugs, butterflies, birds, soil type, ecology, ebb and flow of seasons, in short, nature and nurture. At Heritage Flower Farm we tell you this […]

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March 22, 2019


In 1797 J.B. Bordley advised, those who have a garden are mostly     “sober, industrious & healthy;” & those who have no garden, are “often drunken, lazy, vicious & ailing.” Of course you are sober, industrious & healthy, well, mostly. It’s time to GET GROWING. We can help with great deals on Garden Collections: Butterfly Garden […]

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March 14, 2019

We Don’t Hibernate #3

WE DON’T HIBERNATE #3 Tired of seeing this? WE ARE TOO. The end is near. Here’s what we’ve been up to since January 2, 2019. Snow & ice are melting. It won’t be too long before we see little growing things poking out of the ground. WHEW sunshine

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February 21, 2019

We Don’t Hibernate #2

WE DON’T HIBERNATE #2 Where or where is spring? Aaurg! Winter won’t go away. Nevertheless we’re busy. Here are a few pink-flowered plants to remind you that there’s hope. Welcome spring with Geum triflorum Prairie smoke, hardy in Z 1-8 meaning it survives everything everywhere. Its hair-like, pink seed heads, like the hair on a […]

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February 6, 2019

We Don’t Hibernate

There’s Snow on the Ground We Survived the Polar Vortex BUT WE DON’T HIBERNATE We’ve been busy growing flowers for you Here are a few of our new (to us) old (to gardens) blue and bluish flowers we’re growing:   Been working on growing this for a few years to grow enough to sell. Finally […]

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January 21, 2019


There’s so much consternation about the Mexican border today. Here’s a story about the survey that established the border in 1849-1850. Of course, planthunters went on the expedition. Really? Do you think this post would be here if it didn’t include flowers? Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, the U.S. purchased […]

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December 12, 2018

The Garden at Eichstätt

WANT A FLOWER BOOK FOR THE HOLIDAYS? Here’s one of the earliest – c. 1615. Before the English arrived at Jamestown, before James Smith met Pocahontas, Prince Bishop of Eichstätt created a spectacular garden at his palace in Bavaria with plants from around the western world, many imported by merchants in the Netherlands – started […]

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