Growing a Cut Flower Garden with Master Gardener Stacy Ling

Ep.8: Mastering the Art of Cut Flower Gardening with Master Gardener Stacy Ling

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Meet Master Gardener Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is an author of the book The Bricks ’n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy Care Flower Garden and a blogger who writes the blog Bricks ’n Blooms from her 1850 farmhouse located in zone 6b northern New Jersey. She is a master gardener who’s been gardening for over 25 years and enjoys sharing her passion to help beginners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. Stacy loves to bring the outdoors inside her home and decorates with a comfy, casual, and cottage-core style.

A Passion for Gardening

Stacy’s love for gardening began when she was studying in law school. Living in a small condo with limited outdoor space, she was inspired by her neighbor’s beautiful cottage garden. Despite having no prior gardening experience, Stacy decided to give it a try and started growing houseplants. Although she faced some initial failures, she didn’t give up and eventually found success with easy-to-grow flowers like impatiens. This small patch of flowers soon turned into a full-fledged garden, and Stacy’s passion for gardening only grew stronger when she and her husband moved to a home with more property.

From Beginner Gardener to Master Gardener

After several years of gardening and sharing her knowledge with friends and neighbors, Stacy decided to become a master gardener. This decision was fueled by a personal tragedy that made her realize the importance of pursuing her passion and finding joy in gardening. With the support of her family, Stacy studied to become a master gardener and now enjoys helping beginners find their inner green thumb and discover a love for plants and flowers.

Spreading Joy Through Flowers

One of Stacy’s main motivations for gardening is to spread joy. She noticed that many people, especially women, would express their struggles with gardening and their belief that they couldn’t grow anything. Determined to change this mindset, Stacy started a blog and began sharing her gardening experiences and tips. Through her blog and social media platforms, she aims to show others that gardening can be easy and enjoyable, even for beginners. Stacy’s love for flowers extends beyond her garden and into her home, where she decorates with a comfy, casual, and cottage-core style.

Getting Started with a Cut Flower Garden

For those looking to start a cut flower garden, Stacy recommends beginning with flowers that are easy to germinate from seed and easy to grow. Some examples include sunflowers, calendula, zinnias, cosmos, and strawflowers. These flowers require minimal maintenance and can be directly sown in the garden or started indoors using simple seed starting techniques. Stacy also suggests exploring winter sowing as a method for starting seeds outdoors in protected containers. This technique eliminates the need for indoor seed starting and allows for a more hands-off approach to gardening.

The Beauty of Companion Planting

Companion planting is another aspect of gardening that Stacy emphasizes. By choosing the right companion plants, gardeners can create a harmonious and beneficial environment for their flowers. Stacy recommends plants like borage, amaranth, yarrow, and sedum as great fillers and companion plants. These plants not only add texture and color to bouquets but also attract beneficial insects and deter pests. Stacy also mentions the importance of considering foliage plants like Solomon’s seal, ivy, and hostas, which can add a touch of greenery and texture to arrangements.

Calendula interplanted with snapdragons and larkspur.

The Joy of Flower Arranging

As an avid flower grower, Stacy loves creating bouquets and centerpieces for her home. She enjoys the process of cutting flowers from her garden and arranging them in various containers throughout her house. Stacy also takes pleasure in sharing her flowers with others, whether it’s leaving bouquets in her daughters’ rooms or giving them to friends and neighbors. Flower arranging allows Stacy to express her creativity and bring the beauty of her garden indoors.

The Bricks and Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy Care Flower Garden

Stacy’s newly released book, “The Bricks and Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy Care Flower Garden,” is a comprehensive resource for both beginner and experienced gardeners. The book provides practical advice on choosing the right flowers for your garden, understanding light and soil conditions, and maintaining a low-maintenance garden. Stacy also shares design tips, such as creating butterfly and hummingbird gardens, and offers insights into dealing with common gardening challenges. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to enhance your existing garden, this book is a valuable guide for achieving a beautiful and easy care flower garden.

“If we can learn how to simplify our gardens and our lives, we have more time to enjoy the things we love, like our cut flowers.”

Stacy Ling

Conclusion

Gardening is a rewarding and joyful hobby that can bring beauty and tranquility to your life. Stacy Ling’s passion for gardening and her expertise as a master gardener shine through in her book, “The Bricks and Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy Care Flower Garden.” Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, Stacy’s practical advice and tips will inspire you to create your own vibrant and low-maintenance flower garden. So grab your gardening gloves and get ready to let your backyard bloom with the help of Stacy Ling from Bricks ‘N Blooms!

In this episode, you’ll hear about: 

  • 00:02:00 – Stacy’s background and journey into gardening
  • 00:05:30 – Learning from failures and the importance of perseverance
  • 00:09:56 – Starting a cut flower garden and recommended flowers for beginners
  • 00:13:42 – Winter sowing and the benefits of this method
  • 00:19:46 – The importance of companion planting and plant partners
  • 00:23:06 – Flowers and plants that bring joy and fill Stacy’s garden
  • 00:26:07 – Involving children in gardening and the joy it brings
  • 00:30:26 – Favorite flowers and the joy of arranging bouquets
  • 00:34:26 – Using fillers and greenery in flower arrangements
  • 00:36:54 – Spreading joy through flowers and sharing with others
  • 00:38:36 – The release of Stacy’s book, “The Bricks ‘N Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy Care Flower Garden”
  • 00:52:48 – How to connect with Stacy online
  • 00:53:39 – Stacy’s advice for someone starting a garden

Learn more about Stacy Ling & Bricks ‘N Blooms

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