Dozens of varieties of annual and perennial cutting flowers are grown at small frye farm from April until the first hard freeze: daffodil, tulip, lily of the valley, allium, lilac, iris, spirea, philadelphus, dicentra, poppy, peony, baptisia, lily, penstemon, heuchera, centauria, cleome, fothergilla, hosta, rudbeckia, cosmos, buddleia, aster, lythrum, zinnia, gladiolus, hydrangea, nicotiana, moluccella, sunflower, echinacea, coreopsis, heliopsis, phlox, amaranth, liatris, monarda, gaillardia, scabiosa, sedum, hollyhock, and veronica. Numerous varieties of native grasses are also used in floral arrangements.
If stem ends are trimmed and given regular changes of flowers, many of these varieties will last well over a week.
CSA customers receive one generous bouquet (eight to twenty stems) weekly, arranged in a vintage vase. The following week customers return the empty vase and pick up a fresh arrangement. Quad City subscribers are invited to cut their own but may also pick up a prearranged bouquet.