Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DIY Flowers and bunches- straight from the Farm

Bucketfuls of DIY Flowers - Locally Grown- FAQ

Here we have Buckets of our flowers, ready for pickup. Plus lots of Questions and Answers to get you started, and even an order form to copy.

All photos were taken in the last couple of years. It has become a big hit with brides on a budget. You get high quality flowers, a mix of colors of  your choosing, and they are all locally and sustainability grown. 
I've included below FAQ about using these flowers for your wedding. Plus the order form we use if you are only getting buckets of flowers.
For bucket orders ---2017 
Name & Contact information:______________________

Name & phone ##____________________

Mailing Address:_____       E-mail:___________

Approximate Time and Date:___________
Will you need delivery instead of Pick up?

Buckets ordered:
 # of ‘Growers Mix’ buckets @ $80 _________

# of ‘Special order Buckets’ @ $95_______(buckets start in May, October )

# of ‘Greenery Buckets’ @ $80____________

total # Buckets ordered__________ 

List any flowers ordered by the bunch or stem:_______________ (all flowers in April are by the bunch)

Total $:_______________
Please note color or colors__________

Deposit amount, date______________

Bucket Deposit? @ $5 each #___________ no credit cards for this refundable deposit

Balance and method of payment:_______________

We provide floral food in the water. Just keep the flowers cool, and down in the water especially after transport. Check the water level upon arrival and again after 24 hours. Fill you vases up so they don’t run out of water are you arrange them. Funnels and pitchers, and clippers are very handy!

please fill out everything that applies, Shady Grove Gardens 828-297-4098

Frequently Asked Questions about Shady Grove's Buckets of Flowers:
  • How do I get started placing an order? Start by list all your designs and plan an average number of stems you need. Plan the number of buckets and colors as well and greenery. Fill out the order form or call Susan. Make sure to plan a pick up time and mail the 1/2 deposit check to get your order placed.
  • How many stems? and what is in a bucket? We start with at least 7 bunches, which means ~70 stems. We make every effort to offer a pleasing mix of bright 'garden flowers'. The bucket will include filler, focal and line flowers for arranging. All our best flowers go to our wedding clients. You can see which flowers we are working from by looking at our bar charts list flowers by color and the week they are generally available. 
  • I really want a professional to design my Bridal Bouquet, do I need another florist?  No, Susan can design beautiful bouquets for you Call for a consult.

  • How long will they last?
  • Down in water, in a cool spot, these flowers will last 4-10 days, depending on the variety. We find wilting occurs when they are put in the sun or out of water. Most of these 'garden wildflowers' do not like to be in floral foam.

  • When can I pick up the buckets of flowers?
  • Anytime you need them. Most brides pick up on Thursday or Friday. All pickups are 9AM- 6PM
  • Can I pick up buckets of flowers at the Farmers Market on Saturday morning? Yes, but we do charge $25 for this service. Unless it's just one bucket. (some weeks we have a big wedding and we don't go)

  • How far are you from Boone?
  • We are 10 miles from downtown Boone, straight out Hwy. 421 north.   Please see the map and address on our website.
  • Why should I order your locally grown buckets of flowers instead of  from a big company? Not only do we offer a unique mix of lovely garden and wildflowers. We promise they will be  perfectly fresh and well hydrated. You don't need to learn flowers to order from us. You can order a mix or by specific color. We work very hard to make you happy and your day perfect. Our flowers offer your a unique local feel of the mountains. You will not get that from other places.
  • How many Quart mason jars will one bucket make?
  • It depends on the fullness of your arrangement. But we usually say 5-6 mason jars with a regular mouth jar opening. For bud vases, it's best to practice with a few flowers. Don't forget to plan your greenery if you are using some.

  • How many vases will they make?
  • Impossible to say, all vases are different and most brides use numerous sizes. My suggestion is to practice a bit. This will also give you a feel for how much time to allow for arranging.

  • What do I need to arrange the flowers?
  • Helpers, plenty of space, funnel, pitcher, strong garden clippers!!! Someone to strip the leaves, so they don't go down into the water, gloves, time, something to transport the vases in, such as a boxes with packing materials.

  • How do I care for the arranged flowers?
  • All flowers use the most water the first 24 hours. Arranged or not, check your water levels and fill the vases up. Store them in a cool spot whenever possible. Like all flowers, wind and sun will make them wilt.

  • Where is the best place to keep them, I don't have a cooler.
  • An air-conditioned room without the air directly on the flowers. Out of the sun and heat. Not in a hot car an open pick-up, or a beer cooler. NO Food/drink coolers- it's too easy to damage your flowers there.!

  • Who should I send to pick the flowers up?
  • Anyone with plenty of room in their car. This is when SUV's come in handy. I often meet Moms and Dads. Make sure to check the water level when you get to where you are going. The pickup person is usually in charge of final payments as well as the cash bucket deposit.

  • Is there greenery in the buckets?
  • No, not unless you request it. We use mostly non-traditional evergreen type greenery. You can order a $80 bucket of just greenery. We sell vines by the bunch too.

  • I need specific colors, how does that work?
  • You may order any color or colors you need as long as we grow it. These buckets are $90 each. This allows us the time to choose, maybe even plant, just the right flowers and colors for your wedding. We welcome color swatches of photos of the colors you want.

  • Why are the April- May plus October - November mixed buckets $95?
  • Many of these flowers are grown in our greenhouse requiring months of extra care. It is not heated, but is labor intensive. These buckets often include spring bulbs such as tulips and ranunculus. The higher price also allows us to order flowers if the weather does not co-operate or we are short on your colors.

  • What if I need more flowers?
  • We often have other flowers cut on Thursday and Friday. You can shop from any that aren't promised, straight out of our cooler. We sell these by the bunch. Bring extra, clean buckets.

    I feel like I need a consult. If you don't see the answers here or elsewhere on our website call me @ 828-297-4098. Otherwise, a standard sit-down consult will be $50/hour if we are not designing flower arrangements for you.

  • How does it work with the bucket deposit?
  • We charge a refundable $5 cash deposit for each of our buckets. They should be returned within a week or two; clean and not broken of course. We return to you all of the deposit. Please understand we can not put this on a credit card without charging a usage fee. Another $5. Otherwise, we are losing money on this service. Plan on this separate expense/deposit.

  • Can I just bring my own buckets?
  • Yes, of course. Bring 2-3 gallon CLEAN buckets. Wastepaper baskets work too. The dollar store usually has some cheap ones. I repeat clean buckets that hold water. Your flowers will last so much longer.... so no ash buckets, tar buckets, concrete buckets or horse buckets. Plan to bring a few extra buckets.

  • When do you need a deposit for the flowers?
  • With the buckets of flowers we make work with 6-8 brides a week. To insure you get on our calendar for your color needs, ASAP - as soon as you know. Certain colors are popular at certain time of the summer, so book ahead if that shade of purple is important to you or if you need 10 buckets of white.

  • What is the deposit to order flowers?
  • For buckets or designs it is 1/2 of the expected total. For buckets only, the remaining may be paid on the day of pickup. Cash, credit card or in-state check.

  • Do you take credit cards?
  • We do. We prefer checks for the deposit and credit cards for the balance. Cash is welcome too.

  • How do I place an order for buckets of flowers? You can call, e-mail or download the order form below. Please fill out this simple form, listing your contact information, dates, names and flower order. We try to keep it simple. All correspondence requires the Brides name and wedding date. Especially mailed checks from your Dad.

  • Wow, I didn't realize there was so much to it. Can I really make this work? Yes, just plan plenty of time and space, get that manicure afterward. Grab someone with an artist flare and don't forget to cut down/up the taller flowers to fit into your vases or jars.
  • Other things to consider?  Plan your pickup time to allow several hours to put together your flower arrangements. Storage, transport to the venue, transport after the wedding, setting up in wind or sun? No hot cars, or too cold coolers. Order a few extra stems for back ups.
  • If this seems like too much, we can arrange the flowers for you. There is no minimum on personal flowers, just our base price for each item.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Perennial and Shrub list

Salvia Love and Wishes

  For Cut flowers -All licensed or patented plants include the proper tags   -Photos below

Bare-root and seed:
Giant Solomons Seal - berries (seed) by the 1/2 cup                                                                       $6  
North Sea Oats/ River Oats -seed 1 pint ziplock bag                                                                      $6                      

Bare-root Groundcover:
Pachysandra bundles -of 100 rooted pieces $15
Alstroemeria ‘Laura’ yellow/gold (Sweet Laura) 30” spreading plant will require netting, gal. 
       Size BR clump    - please order 5                                                                                               $5
Potted Perennials and Shrubs:

Malus Crabapple seedlings from a red fruited tree 1gal+ 3 years old     $10
Malus Crabapple seedling from purple fruited tree                                $7-10
Malus Crabapple seedlings form yellow fruited tree qt size                     $7-10
Lupine Tutti Frutti                                                                         $7
Lupine Red Russell Hybrid 1 gal pots 1 year old ready to bloom in the spring $7

Daylily Sales:

We're once again offering our daylilies in a collection of freshly dug daylilies 20 Reds and Purples or a pastel blend for $50. All labeled, named varieties. These are clumps of fans, not just a fan or 2. All should bloom well for you this year. Just call to place an order and schedule a pickup time. We're just 10 miles from Boone out Hwy. 421 N. 828-297-4098

Shady Grove Garden's Nursery:

  • Hypericum Jacqueline - red berries available mid-summer- extra large pots
  • Boxwood 2 gal. pots
Perennial Plants for the High Country:
  • Celandine Poppy
  • Daylily-'Crimson Shadows', 'Plum Perfect', 'Star Dream', 'Double Ethel', 'Emperor's Butterfly', 'Muffin's Dream', Walter's Tango', 'Pandora's Box', 'Mauna Loa'
  • Echinacea 'Raspberry Truffle'
  • Feverfew
  • Gt. Solomons Seal- great native
  • Hellebore 'Winter Thriller' & mixed Hellebore
  • Geranium 'Claridge Druce'
  • Rosemary 'Arp'
  • New England Aster Dwarf 'Purple Dome'
  • Amsonia taberamontana - Blue Star great for early butterflies, a native milkweed
  • Astilbe 'August Light', Astilbe Milk and Honey
  • Carolina Jasmine new extra hardy strain
  • Tall Garden Phlox Pink and 'David'- white- native, 'Laura -purple and white
  • Panicum 'Heavy Metal' -native panic grass
  • Lavender  Phenomenal, mini Blue, Blue Scented
  • Polygonatum - Giant Solomons Seal
  • Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers'
  • Japanese Painted Fern
  • Oregano Italian Heirloom- extra large pots
  • Crabapple saplings
  • Succulents- see photo sizes vary as well as numbers available
  • Thalictrum dalavayi lilac-rose and white
  • Yarrow 'Apricot Delight'
  • Columbine - clear yellow
  • Clematis Multi-blue, Clematis h. Blue Shrub, and Solitary Clematis
  • Lupine 'Tutti Frutti'
  • Lupine 'Russell Hybrid Carmine'
  • Shasta Daisy - Brightside, Becky, Diener, Real Glory, Snowcap
  • White Obedient Plant

Flowers- Annual - Transplants
  • Cosmos - mixed pinks
  • Nasturtium 'Copper Sunset', Butter Cream
  • Numerous varieties of dahlia tubers

Vegetable & Herb Transplants

  • Cucumber: Marketmore 76, Garden Oasis, Bush Slicer, Homemade Pickles
  • Gourmet mix lettuce flats and Chard 'Bright Lights'
  • Tomato: 'Sungold', 'Sweet Million', 'Super Bush', 'Garden Candy mix', 'Red and Yellow Pear mix',  Japanese Black Trifele', Brandywine, Heirloom Pink, Crimson Carmello, Camp Joy= Chadwick Cherries
  • Squash: Yellow Summer squash and Zucchini - 'Raven'

We offer strong healthy plants grown with only Organic sprays and biological controls such as beneficial insects and 'good' bacteria'. Please ask us about organic gardening techniques you can use or check out Susan's gardening articles on our blog www.shady-grove-gardens.blogspot.com. You can also visit with us at the Watauga County Farmers Market, May through October on Saturday mornings at the Horn-in the West, in Boone, NC.

Directions to the Nursery in Zionville, NC:
Just 10 Miles from Boone.
To get to the nursery take Hwy. 421 NW from Boone 9 miles, to Will Isaacs Road, take Will Isaacs Rd. 1 mile uphill, then, turn left at the dead end onto our gravel driveway. For more information call 828-297-4098.

We will have several Bare-root specials throughout the summer. These are plants from our field and garden we are dividing and moving about. Bare-root plants are much bigger than the standard gallon pot. With alittle care they will take off any part of our growing season. Please watch our blog http://shady-grove-gardens.blogspot.com/ or Facebook pagehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Shady-Grove-Gardens-Nursery/69732574790for these specials. We'll post photos and availability dates with prices.

Hard Goods for sale: Extra large black pots 3-5 gallon size 1.00 each

Contact to order:

Phone: 828-297-4098

Susan Wright - Shady Grove Gardens
blue green in the middle fairly small not hardy $4 pots 2-3"
green hardy usually a bit of red
Blue Ice Hardy large and small available $2-7
small variety always a bit red
Sedum Angelique Hardy groundcover $7 pots


For photos  and more:

Monday, January 25, 2016


Lavender Plants and flowers: 
Lavender 'Hidcote', 'Grosso', Purple Ellagance, Blue Cushion, Phenomenal  and Purple Essence, Mini Blue, Blue Scent.

Lavandula angustifolia 'Essence Purple' PPAF

Walters Gardens, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Common Name: Lavender-English
In our trials here at Walters Gardens, we have been trialing a lot of varieties of Lavender because it meets the needs of today’s home gardeners: it is long blooming, deer and rabbit resistant, drought tolerant, and very easy to grow. 
There are two varieties that have really stood out to us as the best of the best—‘Silver Mist’ for its intense silver foliage and ‘Essence Purple’ for its consistently outstanding landscape performance.  Both cultivars are scarce in the US trade but are destined to become very popular. 
‘Essence Purple’ forms a perfect rounded ball-shaped, uniform, dense clump of green, aromatic foliage.  In our trials, the plants retained their shape all season without opening up or discoloring. 
It starts to bloom about 10 days earlier than standard Lavenders such as ‘Hidcote’, producing a profusion of bright blueberry colored flower spikes for many weeks.  The stems are just the right length for cutting for fresh or dried bouquets.
If you’ve been growing the same varieties of Lavender forever, it’s time to give this new kid on the block a try.  You won’t be disappointed!  
Lavender has been grown for centuries for its intensely fragrant flowers and beautiful appearance. It is a staple item of every sunny garden, and its dried flowers are widely used in potpourris and arrangements.
Intro Year: 2012
Origin: Not Native to North America


  18 Inches
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Late summer
  Early fall
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Mini Blue’

English Lavender

USDA Zone: 5-9

Lavender is actually a low-growing shrub, native to the Mediterranean region. The fragrant flowers and foliage make it a favourite for herb gardens and in the perennial border. This compact selection has grey-green foliage and features spikes of vivid blue. Prune lightly in early spring, if required, no harder than 4 inches. Lavender MUST have good drainage in order to avoid root rot problems. Will also grow fine in tubs or containers, but in colder regions the plants may then need shelter for the winter.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Mini Blue’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
Foliage Color
  Grey Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
Flower Head Size
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches
   30-35 cm
   12-14 inches( from Perennials.com)

Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'

Walters Gardens, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Common Name: Lavender-English
Plump, violet-blue flower spikes fill the air with their sweet fragrance. 'Grosso' is a cross between L. angustifolia and L. latifolia and is a larger plant overall than these species. Its long flower stems make this variety especially good for use in bouquets.

L. intermedia tends to bloom a bit later in the summer than other lavenders with a possible repeat bloom towards fall. These hybrids were first developed in France for use in perfumes and essential oils.
Lavender has been grown for centuries for its intensely fragrant flowers and beautiful appearance. It is a staple item of every sunny garden, and its dried flowers are widely used in potpourris and arrangements.
Origin: Not Native to North America (From Walter's Gardens inc)