Each year I plant a collection of heirloom, old-fashioned flower seeds in our garden. I love knowing that their blooms will brighten up the garden and attract the pollinators that will increase our harvest. On a sunny day, the butterflies and bees flit from bloom to bloom.
I choose varieties for our Heirloom Flower Garden Seed Collection with another purpose in mind: filling Mason jars with bouquets of fresh flowers to enjoy in the farmhouse all season long. I choose flowers that are ideally suited for an old fashioned cutting garden. They set long stems and thrive growing in the summer garden or as cut flowers in a vase of fresh water.
This year, we have varieties in shades of white, red, yellow, coral, blue, fuchsia, and black. These varieties can be directly sown in warm garden soil once the danger of frost has passed. They do not require early seeding and transplanting or need any special care.
Each collection arrives with a wide mouth Mason jar vase. The handmade fabric trivet and length of cord tied around the neck of the jar are beautiful and will also help to protect the surface underneath. The antique finish metal flower frog lid holds the stems in place, creating a beautiful bouquet. The Mason jar, flower fro, trivet, and matching cord can be used year after year.
Each set includes:
- One quart sized wide mouth smooth sided Mason jar (7.25” high by 4” wide)
- One wide mouth metal flower frog lid
- One 4” handmade fabric trivet in your choice of fabric
- One length of fabric cord to match the trivet
- One packet of seeds for each of the twelve heirlooms below
Blue Disc African Daisy – This daisy produces flowers with silvery white petals and stunning blue centers with a metallic hint to them. The blue centers are bordered with a yellow ring.
Cerise Queen Yarrow – This variety sets hundreds of tiny fuchsia blooms gathered together in clusters on long stems with bright green fern like foliage.
Cherry Caramel Phlox – This phlox has a decidedly antique appearance with parchment colored old fashioned five petal blooms with bright pink colored centers.
Gaillardia (Indian Blanket Flower) - This historical variety produces colorful daisy like flowers in bright yellow with red to coral centers. It was collected in 1806 by Lewis and Clark‘s “Corps of Discovery”. Native Americans used it to make teas, poultice, and as a food source for added to soups and stews.
Giant Perfection Aster Mix – Asters are an old fashioned favorite. This variety produces extra-large blooms that resemble peonies.
Gilia Globe – This variety produces clusters of lovely blue to violet fragrant flowers on foot long stems. The fragrance and color entice pollinators to your garden.
Lorenziana Gaillardia (Double Sunset Blanket Flower) – This variety dates back to the 1880s and sets large blooms with double quilled petals in red and yellow.
Meteor Zinnia - This zinnia produces double blooms that are nearly half a foot wide in deep red.
Minstrels Dianthus – This variety’s foot long grass like stems produce fragrant double blooms in a maroon so dark that it appears black. Each frilled petal has a pretty white edge.
Polar Bear Zinnia – This variety is a pure white zinnia with large blooms set on long, lanky stems.
Teddy Bear Sunflower – These double blooms can be more than 6 inches across. They set on mid length stems adding interest to the lower stratosphere of the flower garden.
White Yarrow – This dainty white flower is beautiful both fresh and dried and is very easy to care for. It can be used as an edible herb or added to herbal teas.
You can choose the fabric theme for your trivet and length of fabric cord from fifteen themes.
Afternoon Delight Iris-shades of pink, yellow, purple, and white stitched together with carnation pink thread
Farmhouse Garden-shades of pink, coral, blue, black, white, yellow, and green stitched together with peach blossom thread
Hydrangeas-shades of pink, blue, yellow, green, and white stitched together with carnation pink thread
Peonies- shades of pink, yellow, green, and white stitched together with carnation pink thread
Patchwork-a rainbow of colors and kaleidoscope of patterns just like a patchwork quilt stitched together with charcoal grey thread
Farmhouse Kitchen-shades of blue, yellow, and white stitched together with cornflower blue thread
Puppy Love- shades of brown, grey, cream, and deep red with a whimsical print of hearts, paw prints, and dog bones stitched together with Penny Lane brown thread
Americana-shades of red, white, and blue stitched together with crimson and sapphire colored thread with a five pointed star stitched on both sides
Coral Dream Poppy-shades of coral, pink, salmon, yellow, blue, green, black, and white stitched together with salmon thread
Bird’s Eye View- shades of brown, tan, cream, grey, and blue stitched together with oatmeal thread
Dreaming of Spring-shades of green, grey, cream, and white stitched together with celery thread
Daffodil-shades of yellow, orange, green, and white stitched together with buttercup yellow thread
Bumblebee-shades of yellow, brown, grey, black, spring green, and white stitched together with buttercup yellow thread
Summer Harvest-shades of red, green, brown, orange, and yellow stitched together with tomato red thread
Fall Harvest-shades of orange, brown, green, red, raisin, and cream accented by sugar pie pumpkin thread
Slight variations may occur, but the collection of fabrics used will stay true to the theme shown. Because of the handmade nature of our fabric items, each one will have its own unique appearance and slight variation in size.
Each trivet will be made at 1840 Farm. Each fabric strip is torn by hand before being wrapped around a length of cording. All of the fabric items in our collection display the raw edge of the fabrics used to create it.
Our fabric items can be cleaned by spot washing or in the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Gently reshape the trivet while still damp and allow to air dry.
We also create baskets in all of these beautiful fabric themes. Contact us for more information.