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Spring Blooms in Northwest Montana

Updated: Jun 24

We get often asked what is blooming in {fill in any month of the year}?


I always like to preface my answer with, well it all depends on the weather and it truly does. April 2022 we were hit with a week and half of arctic temps. Spring 2023, we are looking at a month later then the previous year for the snow to melt and the field to be passable. Farming does keep you on your toes!


With that preface, here is our list of spring blooms (May through June) that may fluctuate on their entrance date, BUT they always show up to greet the new season!




FOCAL BLOOMS



Daffodils

When people think of daffodils the bright yellow grocery store variety is what comes to mind. It's unfortunate that more people don't know that this early spring beauty comes in so many delightful shades of whites, pale yellows and yes, bright bright yellow.


Tulips

Showing up to the party next is tulips. Mom and I visited the Skagit Tulip Festival last April and to see that many tulips in bloom at one time is amazing. Tulips come in a variety of shades, shapes, single vs double petals and some even have a fringed edge!


Peony

Oh the peony, it's no secret she's one of our favorites, that's why we planted over 1,200 of them! The one pictured is Coral Charm. She is an early variety and is one of the first to wake up after a long winter slumber. We also have dark and lite pink and a white variety in our large field.



Anemones

This bloom comes in many different shades, but it seems that the white with black center is very popular with event florists right now. Pictured is rarity, in the right light she sparkles iridescent.


Ranunculus

SOO. MANY. RUFFLES! The ranunculus is a favorite bloom for florists and flower lovers alike. She comes in many shades and is such an interesting texture to add to designs.


Iris

I know many folks don't think of iris as a cut flower, but their sweet scent is amazing. We have a reblooming white variety with just a hint of lavender in the throat. Honestly, that variety is what made me an iris super fan.




LINE FLOWERS



Stock

We have a love hate relationship with her. She smells amazing- think clove. But the fact that half of your seedlings don't have the double petals is the first downside. Second, is our struggle with getting the long stems. But.. we keep growing her. Year after year. The variety of colors is one of the reason's we torture ourselves. There is a stock for any color pallette.


Larkspur

If you've been following us for some time you know I'm partial to larkspur. It's my daughters birth flower. This also comes in a variety of colors- dark blue, light blue, white, grey, even pink!


Delphinium

If only we could figure out how to get delphinium to bloom all season! The florists ask for her by name especially our light blue variety. There is something special about blue blooms.





Foxglove

They always get me with the sweet freckling on the throat of each bloom. These ladies comes in white, pinks, purples and even apricots. We love how they sit in arrangements and create height in such a dreamy way.


Snapdragons

This bloom is definitely one of the powerhouses of the cut flower garden. One plant can send up so many stems (if you pinch the seedling). Another one that comes in a variety of colors. It's also edible!



FILLER



Geum

For a dainty flower like this, it's surprising how sturdy their stems are. We currently only have this orange lovely, but are adding three more varieties to our offerings fall of 2023!


Chinese forget-me-nots

Each bloom is the size of a pinky nail, but they are just the right size for that pop of sky blue. These are one of my favorite, until it's time to pull and we've let them go to seed. The seeds are like velcro and we've lost a pair of socks and shoes to the fight. We are especially excited in 2023 to try a lavender variety.


Bachelor Buttons

These sneak their way all over our growing space as they are prolific self seeders. We find that there button size is a fun addition. They come in pinks, burgundy, purples and blues.





Sweet William

Another prolific self seeder, Sweet William comes in shades of reds/pinks/whites. It's clustered blooms are a great filler. One stem takes up a lot of room in an arrangement.


White Dill

This airy looking bloom has strong thin stems and creates a lightness to arrangements. Umbels of white tiny blooms make an arrangement look very delicate.


Corn Cockle

These blooms are a little large then a quarter in circumference. What makes them so special is the throat looks as if it's been stitched with the most delicate light brown stitching. Placing this gal on her strong thin stem above arrangements makes them appear to just dance in the breeze.




Nigella

One of Mom's favorite flowers. I like her because she has a long harvest window, don't catch her in bloom (white and blue) then wait until her unique seed pod forms. It's an interesting texture to add to arrangements.


Poppy

These blooms don't have much of a vase life, but we will forgive them. Like the nigellas, after the petals have dropped you can use their seed pod as an interesting large texture item. We love it!



GREEN




Bupleurum

I think there is two camps on chartreuse green, either you love it or you hate it? I love it.


Bells of Ireland

These tall spires of green with the most interesting scent. I think it reminds me of skittles and mint. But when I tell others they kinda look at me funny.

















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