Fresh flowers offer a nice, homey touch to any room. But, traditional floral arrangements can often come at a price. In Johnston County, many farms have sprung up to meet the demand of fresh flowers. Blue Dragonfly Cut Flower Farm in Clayton is a family-owned and operated flower farm. In addition, 6th Generation Strickland Farms, Barefoot's TLC Nursery, and Picalily Farm all offer fresh-cut flowers in season among other items like produce, eggs, and honey.
For those looking for the end result of locally-sourced, fresh cut flower arrangements, who aren't as interested in the picking and arranging part... visit the Blue Dragonfly Cut Flower Farm roadside wagon. Blue Dragonfly grows specialty cut flowers from April to October. Stop by the Flower Wagon where bouquets are sold during the week; bouquets are not available everyday so check Facebook for posts on when bouquets are available. The Flower Wagon is operated on the honor system with a cash box.
Another Side Note: as mentioned above, if you need bulk flowers for a wedding or event, Blue Dragonfly offers "Growers Choice" flowers by the bucket. You can call or email for more information.
We are approaching sunflower season this year; it's a 'here one day and gone the next' sort of thing that happens often in July. Be on the lookout as you are traveling through the area and you may spot gorgeous, bright yellow sunflower fields as you drive. Lucky residents and visitors sometimes catch open field days by staying Facebook vigilant for open field announcements.
Currently, three of our farms try to open their sunflower fields seasonally to people looking to cut a few to take home or just to snap a picture: Ashlan Meadows Family Farm in Selma, Pace Family Farms in Clayton, and Sonlight Farms in Kenly. Be sure to call ahead to make sure fields are in bloom and open!
And dare we mention a look ahead to those people who are not satisfied with picking their own flowers, but also enjoy picking out their own Christmas tree? Think of it as a Christmas in July reminder - when it comes time this year to get festive for the holidays, remember that there are two places you can go in JoCo to pick-your-own tree. Visit Northlake Christmas Trees & Nursery or Mountain Branch Farm (start looking for info and seasonal hours in late November).