We jumped on board the scoop scabiosa train this year. We had an opportunity to purchase some plugs from Bailey Hale of Ardelia Farm & Co. located in Vermont. Bailey has a website that offers flower plugs of terrific flowers in sizes that are not always offered to small growers. We decided we wanted to give them a try on our farm and placed an order. They came in right on time and very healthy.
We ordered 5 trays of various colors and split the order in half with a fellow grower in the valley.
They were planted in an amended row of compost and minerals around mid-May .
Our first little blooms showed on the 9th of July
Other colors include a white and the following
There are a few things to note about them. They do need to be netted with hortnova netting. A good wind or rain can knock the outside plants down. You get curvy stems that way. They need to be cut when the little centers still look like beads for the best vase life. You need to stay on top of the cutting because they keep coming and can quickly become a bed of fuzzy tops in no time. That unfortunately happen to us on several plants, (never enough hours in a day for all to be done). Maybe we can create a market for the fuzzy tops. Deer nibbled them but seem to not like them this year or just preferred to eat the carnations that were nearby.
We offered them to a few of our designers and they were loved. Several went into wedding bouquets for that special something that was delicate and charming. Our CSA customers liked them too. And I loved to include them in little house arrangements for us. The twisty little stems and heads made a natural and dare I say it wildflower effect to a jar of flowers.
They had good stem length and the size of the blooms were about the same as the annual scabiosa but we are hoping that they will overwinter with some care from us and have longer stems and bigger blossoms next season.
A few photos of some little arrangements I made for us. I am not a designer.
As we are working on our Fall Chores list, we needed to take care of our scabiosa bed. Here is a quick video of that little chore on our Youtube channel.
Hoping that they survive and thrive for next season. Looking forward to a bigger and lovely crop of Scoop Scabiosa
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