As I approached my 60th birthday, I never dreamed I would be expanding my love of gardening to start a boutique flower farm. For the last two decades, I have lived on a small North Carolina county lot of less than an acre, surrounded by 100 year old farms. Over that period I’ve planted trees, roses, peonies, herbs, lilacs and other perennials.
So in the winter of 2018 we converted existing beds, installed 32 raised beds, and planted over 1000 flowers! Many hours were spent mapping out the maximum amount of flowers we can grow. From nurturing seedlings to harvesting our first buckets of blooms, this has been a journey of learning and a lot of hard work.
This first growing season has seen many successes and a few failures. We are always learning and plan to add many new varieties that make sense for our planting zone and unique growing spaces. Over 50 new perennials have been added to the property, most of which will reach full maturity by next season. And this summer we added another 26 raised beds!
The 2020 season goal will be to offer our community fresh, locally grown flowers for mixed bouquets and bunches offered through CSA Boutique Subscriptions, buckets for floral designers, DIY parties and events.
I truly could not be more excited, and invite you to join me on this journey to share My Garden Blooms!
Shellie Watkins Ritzman