Gardening Tales

Growing and Learning on Sunnydell Flower Farm

May 03, 2023

Greetings Friends and Happy May!

Welcome to Jemma's Home and Sunny Dell Flower Farm💗

Today we are working in-between the Greenhouse and the Flower Cottage.

Dave and I are hedging deeper into our middle sixties as we plant, nurture, grow, and fight the wind up  here in the high coutnry of Colorado! Folks we have WIND!

For us farming is a good way to age, stay active, engaged and breathe in the great outdoors while developing new skills.

Sunnydell Flower Farm is truly blossoming-even though we just had a snowstorm!


I have definitley lagged behind in keeping up with the happenings on the farm and around the home. So today I thought I'd pop in to say Hi and Happy Spring!


I am dreaming of these beauties blooming-the beloved and glorious Dahlia!

Scroll on down and you'll see some of them actually growing in my greenhouse.

I am really enjoy experminting with growing techniques and philosophies in greenhouse production. Since I live at a higher elevation I am making great use of my greenhouse.

There is a learning curve and I dare say this learning curve is going to last a very long time.


We purchased this greenhouse/caterpilliar tunnel from Farmers Friend and we are so happy that we did.
It is increasing my growing season by nearly 2 months!
We have been heating it with a diesel torpedo heater and it's been a life saver and plant saver too.


We have this wild and crazy pumpkin plant growing from seed and also just look at these cute little dahlias!
I sprouted these dahlia's  in the flower cottage from seed, then moved them to raised beds in  the greenhouse. 



If you are on the lookout for Dahlia seeds I highly recommend these. I purchase them (Dahlia Bee's Choice Mix,) from the one and only Floret Flowers!


My dear friend Carole and well known author of various books and her blog See The Good recently reminded me that the challenges I am facing with Sunnydell is my flower farm story. So there is no need for me to sugar coat the journey.  I feel such a release with this mindset. 



Thank you for visiting me today!
 May we always remember to embrace this journey, as well as take note that we are all a budding work in progress -just like the flowers in my greenhouse are!



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  1. I think your friend Carole is right, Jemma. Of course we want to share your journey, the hard weeks of getting established as well as the beautiful harvest months ahead. I shared your story with my husband because he had a plant nursery and garden center for years and he was full of admiration for you. He said, "It'll be hard but so rewarding." I know those baby sprouts must fill you with so much joy. And even though you're beginning a flower business you certainly have put in the time and effort for as long as I've know you getting ready for this very thing. Best to you in it!

  2. You are a professional gardener, Jemma! You have all the latest tools to help your blooms and plants grow beautifully. And pumpkins! Oh, I do want to see them when they are fully grown. Your upbringing with parents who did farming as well really helps you have the knowledge you need for all of this. Your greenhouse is wonderful. I have been doing some yard work also, raking leaves, washing down the front porch and walkway, and clearing things out. There is always work to do in the mountains, but I love every minute of it.

    Happy May to you, dear Jemma. And so glad you checked in and said hello.


  3. Hello sweet friend. Hope you are doing well. I am so happy you are loving your sweet dream of the flower farm. Keep posting so we can see how things are going. Miss your posts. Happy Weekend. Hugs. Kris

  4. Way to go! Wishing you all the success you can handle with the farm. It’s the doing & learning that benefit you as much as the final product. Congrats on all of it!

  5. Dearest Jemma, WOW! First of all, your friend/author is right. Every endeavor, great or small, HAS a story and it needs to be told. Our conversation from a few weeks ago sparked in me the desire to tell and contribute at least one small chapter of what I think is a necessary piece to share with others, a story of YOU. I hope it can be accomplished. Your dahias are AMAZING! Look at those little creatures grow! And one last thing: I love your will, gumption and heart. Learning is part of our being, a most healthy way to live and continue our role in this story of life.

  6. You go, Jemma! Beat the odds of that Colorado climate! Love your greenhouse!

  7. You are such a blessing to my day. Love it when you write and as I start to plan my little garden here in East Texas this summer your tips and ideas will be implemented.


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