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  1. Ella
    April 17, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    Hey Victoria!
    You only mentioned lisianthus in passing, but I was wondering if you grow yours from seed or buy them as plants. I saw a few bouquets with them online & I would love to grow them, but I’m reading they are difficult and best started in the winter! I’m afraid I’ve missed the boat.. Unless perhaps you know of venders in the Philly area that sell them as plants?


  2. Sally
    May 1, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

    How do you grow all of those pretties in the ground without getting gopher problems? I am looking at building tons of boxes.


    • Sally
      May 1, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

      I am new to growing flowers for cutting. I am in love with zinnias!


  3. Lynda
    February 26, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

    It’s exciting to find your blog! My youngest child went away to college, fall 2016. With a sudden empty nest my husband and I decided to move to a new state, thus new planting zone (zone 8.5 to 6). Your blog reminded me of the family memories we had with our Zinnia’s when the children were young. We took turns planting the Zinnia seeds and Dahlia tubers starting when they were toddlers. They would go check for growth daily. It was precious. I never feared them picking the flowers knowing more would grow as the children picked Zinnia’s for me daily.
    I am excited to plant these flowers in our new location to honor of these fun memories. I will be planting the Zinnia’s in big containers until I learn the new climate I live in. I will be adding a drip system also. I know they will look spectacular! I look forward to trying the seeds you recommended for larger flower heads.
    We are in the process of making a green house that will with stand the cold temperatures to enable me to began the seedlings soon. Thank you for the reminder of joyful memories!!
    Happy gardening


  4. Diana
    July 28, 2017 @ 3:31 pm

    I know I’m about 4 years late to this post but something I’ve been wondering as I’ve read several of your entries: how do you bring your beautiful flowers inside without cats eating them? Every cat I’ve ever had has been crazy for cut flowers and houseplants. My current two are no exception. I would love to have flowers indoors but not if they inevitably lead to sick kitties and broken vases. Any and all advice appreciated!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 29, 2017 @ 10:17 am

      One of my parent’s cats was like that– LOVED flowers (especially knocking them over and spilling the vase water everywhere!) Have you tried offering your kitties their own plants? They might be looking for some greens in their diet!

      You can order cat grass (usually wheatgrass) seeds and start them in little pots… my Elvis loved fresh grass! She liked it when it was very fresh/just sprouting, so I usually had a few pots going at once… and she prefered that to our indoor plants.

      I also see those plants sold at the pet store, but she never liked those… I suspect they are treated with something, plus sitting inside made them unappealing.
      Hope that helps! xoxo


      • Diana
        August 1, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

        Thanks. I might give that a try. I’ll let you know if it’s successful!


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