At the end of 2018 we started to clear some trees from our small acreage and level the land to begin the process of building a flower farm. Then came the arduous task of getting rid of the many many rocks that covered the land. My primary goal was to grow flowers that were different than ones you normally found in the garden centers and in the Spring of 2019 I set about trying to source the varieties I wanted. Finding a good supplier in Canada for specialty plants, proved to be impossible, but because I could not lose a growing season, I collected the species of flowers that I wanted even though I had to settle on the run of the mill varieties for my initial trial year. Everything grew wonderfully!
At the end of 2019, I was determined to grow the flowers that were of excellent quality, hardy, and came in a wide range of varieties and colours. I looked all over the world to find what I wanted and started seed in January 2020. By that Spring I was able to transplant my specialty Delphinium and Snapdragon as well as direct sow Larkspur, Lilies, Peonies, Dahlias and many more. Each of these precious varieties surpassed all my expectations.
In 2021, Special Effects Flower Farm increased the varieties of many types of flowers. The Dahlia field expanded to 1,000 plants covering over 90 varieties. Snapdragons, Lilies, Larkspur, Peonies, perennial Poppies, Allium, Tulip, Narcissi, Astrantia, Ranunculus, Anemone, also saw an increase in varieties. In 2022 more varieties of Peonies were added as well as Dahlia, Lilies and we trialed some great new varieties of Delphinium from Ecuador.
This year in 2023, we are increasing our Dahlia field and planting over 5,000 tubers. And that means in 2024 there will be so many more home grown varieties for everyone!
With numerous requests from florists wanting more annuals and edible flowers, and a big response from the public wanting favourites of pollinators, we've made a few changes for our 2023 line up, as you'll see under thetabs, Flowers For Pollinators as well as other new additions including Red LarkDelphinium&Tree Peonies.
Thank you for supporting Canadian grown flowers. I can't wait to be a part of your flower garden journey.