When Ashley Bolton decided she wanted to start a flower growing business on the chicken farm she owns with her husband in a rural corner of Alabama, she hit the books.
Her only gardening experience up until that time had been at the just-for-fun level, tending gardens on their 60-acre farm in Russellville, Alabama.
“When I knew I wanted to make this a professional thing, I just hit blogs and podcasts and books and every possible source of information that there was just to research it on my own,” she said. “I wanted to learn as much as possible to really figure out how it was different from just the home garden. Obviously, it’s a whole different scale.”
The result of Bolton’s efforts is The Posey Patch, a flower farm of about 300 rose bushes and 300 dahlia plants, along with an assortment of other blooms including daffodils, tulips, zinnias and sunflowers.