Jan Roozen of Choice Bulb Farms is a good friend and brilliant (not to mention charming) flower farmer.
I’ve known Jan through the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market where he is a member who grows a beautiful variety of flowers.
The selection from Jan and Ritva Roozen’s farm in Skagit Valley north of Seattle features specialty spring and summer bulbs.
Their alliums are some of the best I’ve seen — when I can, I come home with an armload of dramatic blooms and arrange with them.
Jan literally grows 15 varieties of Alliums — can you believe that? Here is the list — click on each cultivar name to see its unique form, color and stature.
Home floral designers can find Jan at the Choice Bulb stall every Saturday at the University District Farmers’ Market and every Sunday at the Ballard Farmers’ Market, both in Seattle.
Fresh-from-the-field, these flowers inspired me to make a summer bouquet a few years ago. I hope you enjoy this textural design in shades of apricot, cream, lemon, lavender and bluish purple and get ready to grow your own alliums (and companions like eremurus and dahlias) in the cutting garden.