From Garden Hobbyist to Flower Farmer

That’s right; it’s official, I am taking the leap from garden hobbyist to flower farmer! It is exciting and scary and everything in between, but I’m ready for this new stage in my life. My passion for being around plants has grown drastically over the past few years, and I could no longer ignore the fact that I was happiest when I was among them. Then, I read an anonymous quote just over a year ago: “The things that excite you, they’re not random. They’re connected to your purpose, so follow them.” That quote struck a chord with me, and I knew that, as scary as it was, I needed to follow my heart to make this change in my life.

I Could No Longer Ignore the Fact That I Was Happiest When I Was among Plants

So, despite my fears, which mostly revolve around self-doubt (Will I have enough flowers? Will people like the flowers and want to buy them? Am I a flower farmer imposter?), I began to imagine myself starting a flower business. And pretty soon, I had an idea about the type of farm I wanted to create.

Despite My Fears and Self-Doubt, I Started to Imagine Myself as a Flower Farmer

Living on just under half an acre, I knew it would be challenging to get started. Without acres of land at my disposal, I would have to use my space wisely. However, with me being the sole farm worker and just starting out in the business, staying small was preferred. Besides, micro flower farms are becoming more and more common as the local flower movement spreads. One necessity of being a micro-farm is that I am now more mindful of what I’m growing in my limited space. I’m planting with a purpose, choosing new plants based on whether they are good cut flowers or foliage in bouquets, which is a fun and exciting challenge.

I Have to Be Mindful of What I Grow in My Limited Space

When imagining the farm I wanted to build, I had a few fundamental principles that I wanted to incorporate. Firstly, I wanted to be dedicated to the local flower movement and grow my flowers sustainably. It was important to me to care about kindness—both to the environment and others. I wanted to commit to growing our flowers alongside nature and not against it, which meant growing in tune with the seasons and using natural methods to grow our plants. I imagined the bees happily whistling while they worked among our blooms. I also aimed to spread kindness through our flowers, inspiring and uplifting people with every bouquet. In short, I want to create a place that not only nurtures plants but also nurtures people. And it was within that dream that Whistling Bee Farm was planted.

Getting Ready to Make Some Sustainably-Grown Flower Bouquets
Our Cat Griffin Overseeing Production
Whistling Bee Farm Flower Sleeves Await Bouquets

In our inaugural season, having just turned a passion for gardening into a business, I am still learning all the ins and outs of operating a flower business. Therefore, I’m taking this time to educate myself on how best to grow, harvest, and arrange our flowers so that we can provide quality bouquets for our customers. So, during the 2022 growing season, I plan on selling a limited number of bouquets. However, I expect to be fully operational by the 2023 growing season.

A Few Completed Bouquets Are Ready to Be Delivered
I’m Learning How to Best Grow, Harvest, and Package Our Flowers
Bursting with Blooms!
A Freshly Picked Bouquet Features Yarrow, Flea Bane, Catmint, Veronica, Marsh Mallow, and Lemon Balm
Off to Deliver Whistling Bee Farm’s First Bouquets

And for those loyal blog followers, don’t worry; I still plan on continuing the Thistle Be the Day blog. It will become the official blog of the business, but other than that, I don’t expect many changes. I would still like to offer posts that spotlight plants, feature experiences in the garden, and share what’s growing here at the farm. I hope you will continue to follow along with our flower-growing journey because I greatly appreciate your support! To stay even more up to date on the happenings here at Whistling Bee Farm, you can also follow us on Instagram (@whistlingbeefarm) and Facebook (Whistling Bee Farm & Florals).

Now, I’m off to get planting because Thistle Be the Day I become a flower farmer!

Thistle Be the Day I Become a Flower Farmer!

2 Replies to “From Garden Hobbyist to Flower Farmer”

  1. Best of luck in your new venture! I find the easiest part is growing the flowers…there are so many great ones out there now. The hardest part is the business end if one actually needs/wants to make a profit. I’m no longer a business, but I’m growing about 20 bouquets a week on about 2000 sq ft for the “Growing Kindness Project” in our local area. China Asters have been a workhorse crop for me, Bells of Ireland and branching sunflowers, rudbeckia and yarrow are so prolific. The sweet peas and calendula are just ending due to extreme heat waves here but the zinnias and dahlias are coming on strong, so I’m in good shape…I think!

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    1. Hi Carolee! I completely agree with you; growing the flowers and making the bouquets is the easy part! The business end is very challenging with the marketing and putting yourself out there (something I struggle with). How wonderful that you are growing 20 bouquets a week on 2000 sq ft and donating them as part of the Growing Kindness Project! I just joined this season and have also made bouquets for the project. It is something that I want to continue to do every season as part of my business model. Giving back and sharing flowers to uplift people is very important to me. Also, thank you for the tips on some flowers that are workhorses for you! I am trying china asters, sweet peas, and branching sunflowers for the first time this season, and they are growing well for me so far. Zinnias, rudbeckia, and yarrow are favorites here as well. Thank you for reaching out, and good luck with your flowers!


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