Stephanie shares memories of her grandfather, Albert Behnke (founder of Behnke's), and his love for spring-blooming bulbs. He planted so many varieties at his home gardens, he would use them as a showroom for customers!
Last week, Behnke’s started offering cut flowers for sale. As many have seen over the last few years, we have had a beautiful garden of sunflowers smiling at us on US 1. This year, our president, Alfred Millard, decided to also plant a few beds of Zinnias. A little harder to see while driving by, but if you take a walk through our South side gardens you will see them.
Everyone enjoys a nice bouquet and while we no longer are a florist we decided to make bunches of these Zinnias to offer to you. I myself bought one of the first bunches last week and was pleased to see they lasted for over 7 days. At $5.99 a bunch they were well worth it. Yesterday, I bought another bunch and decided to add a few of our Black Eye Susans to them. The result was great. I got to thinking that each bouquet can be unique with just adding flowers from your own garden. We all have flowering plants like Hydrangeas, Cone Flowers, Butterfly Bush, and Shasta Daisies. The choices are endless. Although, standing alone, the Zinnias are beautiful as is.
Early in the morning each day, we see Jennifer Park, who normally works in our business office, cutting stems of zinnias. She arranges them in bunches, and right away they are out for sale. Can’t get much fresher then that.
by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President