Tenth Blogiversary! Garden Design magazine giveaway

10 year blogiversary Red Dirt Ramblings, by Dee Nash
10 year blogiversary Red Dirt Ramblings, by Dee Nash
It’s Red Dirt Ramblings blogiversary! Let’s celebrate!

Oh, happy day! It’s Red Dirt Ramblings’ tenth blogiversary! My first post, Why a Blog? was published on October 7, 2007. It seems like a lifetime ago, and yet, also, only like yesterday.  I remember my hands shaking as I hit the publish button for the first time. This little blog and writer have come a long way since then so I think we should celebrate. Don’t you?

Garden Design Magazine Autumn 2017
Garden Design Magazine Autumn 2017

The lovely people at Garden Design magazine are giving my readers a year-long subscription to their wonderful publication starting with the Autumn 2017 issue. If you don’t want to wait to see if you’ll win, here’s a link to subscribe today.

Take your pick from pumpkins and winter squash that come in a mélange of colors, textures, sizes, flavors, and shapes. They’re a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Photo by Georgianna Lane (pumpkins)
Take your pick from pumpkins and winter squash that come in a mélange of colors, textures, sizes, flavors, and shapes. They’re a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Photo by Georgianna Lane

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Garden Design, here are some details.

There are no ads in Garden Design. Surprising, but true. Stories are detailed, and the photography is beautiful. Each issue is large–148 pages–full of themed articles and photographs. Grab something good to drink and take your time to enjoy each issue.

Great American Trees: Native wonders and how to use them in your garden. Photo by Saxon Holt (American trees)
Great American Trees: Native wonders and how to use them in your garden. Photo by Saxon Holt.

In this post are photographs from the current issue. These photographs are from professional photographers. I kept Garden Design’s captions to keep things simple and make sure each photographer gets his/her due. For example, the photo, above, was taken by my friend, Saxon Holt, who takes exquisite photographs that speak to my soul.

Allium ‘Globemaster’ brings drama to formal and informal borders alike.
Allium ‘Globemaster’ brings drama to formal and informal borders alike.
Photo by Clive Nichols
Rules of the road

Here’s how our giveaway will work.

  • Comment below and tell me why you’d like to win, and how long you’ve been reading my blog. I’d love to also hear what you’d like to see in the future. You’re also welcome to share it through Facebook and Twitter if you want. If you don’t, that’s fine too.
  • The winner will be chosen by a random number generator. Only one entry per person.
  • The contest will run from today until October 24, 2017, at Noon. The winner will be announced at the end of this post on that day so check back if you’re interested.
  • I’ll also contact the winner via email so no anonymous entries please. I will need your email address too. It will not be published. It is part of the comment form.
  • Please also indicate in your comment if you do or don’t want to be subscribed to future RDR posts. If you’re already a subscriber, let me know that too.
  • One lucky winner will receive a 1-year subscription (4 issues) of Garden Design starting with the Autumn 2017 issue. The contest is only open to continental U.S. residents. 

Look for another fun giveaway in a couple of weeks from another company I know and love.

Also, if you haven’t already subscribed to my posts, please fill out the form in the sidebar. With the way social media currently works–weighted upon a monetary design and click-bait-like controversy–you probably won’t see any of my posts unless you sign up. If you’d like to talk more about that someday, let me know.

One more thing, I didn’t receive any compensation for this post. I didn’t ask for any. I just wanted to celebrate this month with all of you, my readers. You make this blog possible, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden Book Giveaway

Benzakein with Julie Chai. Book Giveaway

Guess what!

I’m doing another book giveaway with the help of Chronicle Books and Erin Benzakein of Floret Farm I love Erin’s work. Don’t know Erin? Well, where have you been? She’s an extremely popular flower farmer, cut-flower style setter, mother, seed purveyor, and so much more. Erin’s Instagram account boasts 389,000 + followers. Can you say, “Wow!?

I was so happy to help out with her blog book tour. I mean, just looking at these photos is like taking a vacation to Skagit Valley, Washington, one of my favorite places on Earth.

“I have found tremendous joy in growing and sharing seasonal flowers and foliage. My hope is that my book will help others discover this joy and provide practical information to grow the garden of their dreams.” Photo courtesy of Chronicle Books and Erin Benzakein.
“I have found tremendous joy in growing and sharing seasonal flowers and foliage. My hope is that my book will help others discover this joy and provide practical information to grow the garden of their dreams.” Photo courtesy of Chronicle Books and Erin Benzakein.

Since my blog is very photo driven, I asked for a photo essay, and Chronicle Books sent me some beautiful photos of Floret Farm’s flowers and Erin, along with her quotes.

Sit back, grab a cup of something, tea, coffee, a cocktail and peruse the beauty. This is just some of what you can expect to see in the book which I have read.

Sit back, grab a cup of something, tea, coffee, a cocktail and peruse the beauty. This is just some of what you can expect to see in the book which I have read. Note: I was given a copy of the book for review from the publisher. 

“In the book, I share all my tried-and-true techniques for growing great cut flowers. Whether you want to grow flowers for pleasure, as food for bees and pollinators or as a potential side business, you’ll find step-by-step instructions alongside beautiful photos from my garden for inspiration.”
“In the book, I share all my tried-and-true techniques for growing great cut flowers. Whether you want to grow flowers for pleasure, as food for bees and pollinators or as a potential side business, you’ll find step-by-step instructions alongside beautiful photos from my garden for inspiration.”

The book does give detailed instructions for growing your own cut flower garden. The instructions are clear and concise, and I loved the photos. They are scrumptious as you can see.

A summer day full of zinnia harvesting at Floret Farm.
A summer day full of zinnia harvesting at Floret Farm.

I’ve bought zinnia seeds from Erin several times and other beautiful flowers for my own cut flower garden beds. I am especially fond of the ‘Oklahoma Salmon‘ variety. I love cutting gardens. They are such fun to create and grow. Just don’t forget to cut your flowers and bring them inside to enjoy.

About zinnias

Erin says, “No cut flower garden is complete without these versatile, easy-to-grow blooms. Just be sure to look for cultivars that are made for cutting gardens (versus bedding plants) such as the appropriately named ‘Benary Giant’ series, the massive magenta ‘Uproar Rose’ and the ‘Persian Carpet’ mix.”

About dahlias

Erin is also a big fan of dahlias as am I.

We grow more dahlias than any other flower here at Floret.  Dahlias come in a rainbow of colors and are nearly unmatched in terms of flower production. I’ve been bitten by the dahlia bug and have so many favorites that it would be impossible to narrow it down to 20, much less three.”

Dahlia 'Golden Scepter' Floret Farm
Erin holds an armful of Dahlia ‘Golden Scepter.’

Erin also suggests that you let plants do double duty in your garden.

About foliage

“A lot of beginning gardeners focus on growing flowers with big, showy blooms and forget to plant enough foliage to round out your summer bouquets. If you already grow herbs and vegetables in your garden, many of your plants can serve double duty.  Here are a few favorites that can be used for food or foliage in a summer bouquet:

“Mint: I was advised to never plant this vigorous spreader but am so glad I ignored them. Mint is available early in the season, has a great vase life and adds a lovely fragrance to bouquets. My favorite varieties are Apple, Peppermint, Pineapple (white variegated) and Spearmint.

Basil, especially one with red or purple foliage is great in bouquets too. Photo courtesy of Chronicle Books.
Basil, especially one with red or purple foliage like ‘Aramato,’ is great in bouquets too. Photo courtesy of Chronicle Books.

“Basil:  Easy to grow, fragrant and abundant, basil is great for both cooking and floral design.  With deep purple flowers, glossy foliage and a fantastic scent, ‘Oriental Breeze’ has been a favorite of mine for years. Other great varieties to grow include ‘Cinnamon’, ‘Lemon’, ‘Cardinal’ and ‘Aramato’.

Dill makes an excellent filler in flower arrangements.
Dill makes an excellent filler in flower arrangements. Photo courtesy of Chronicle Books.

“Dill: With big yellow umbel shaped blooms, dill flowers add an airy textural element to any summer bouquet.

“Shiso ‘britton’ (Perilla frutescens): Common in Asian cooking, this plant also is popular among floral designers who love its contrasting colors.  The serrated, bi-colored leaves of this culinary herb are green on top and a pretty burgundy-purple underneath.

Book giveaway details:

We’re giving away a copy of Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms along with a bunch of Floret goodies: a garden day planner, calendar, and seeds! For a chance to win, just leave a comment in the comment section below. The contest ends at Noon on March 20. I’ll pick a winner on March 24, 2017, with a random number generator. You have to leave your name and email address (unpublished) to enter. I can’t contact you if I can’t find you. Please note this giveaway is only open to continental U.S. residents.

Also, don’t forget my other garden tool giveaway is ongoing. Please feel free to enter it too. It’s an exciting spring!

If you follow along with the whole tour, you will have multiple chances to win!

Visit the other participating blogs below to learn more about the local flower movement and Floret Farms; plus, each blog post will offer a chance for you to win.

Participating blogs:

 

Buy the book here: www.floretflowers.com/book
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UPDATE: Denise Whitehead is our winner. I’ve contacted her so Floret can send her the goods. Thanks to everyone who played along.