Bachelor's Buttons


Welcome to our Botanical Diary, following along with the growing season at Frayed Knot Farm.

As new blooms come to life at this Northeast Ohio farmstead, we're sharing information and at-home styling inspiration for each plant.



Centaurea Montana

Bachelor's Button Main

These beauties from my farm were given to me from my grandmother and are part of my collection of growing heirlooms.

New ones pop up every year and can grow just from the root mass. They have a deep root structure that helps to break up soil while also acting as a nice ground cover.

It's rare to see such a vibrant blue in flowers, and in nature altogether, so these are especially treasured.

-Em Pek, Frayed Knot Farms



Originated from Europe, most often found in meadows and open woodland. The name, Bachelor's Button, is thought to come from Victorian times when flowers were placed in the button holes of men's suitcoats.

Bachelor's Buttons   Bachelor's Button Main


LORD GORING: I am the only person of the smallest importance in London at present who wears a buttonhole.

PHIPPS: Yes, my lord, I have observed that.

LORD GORING: You see, Phipps, fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.

From An Ideal Husband (1895), by noted boutonniere wearer Oscar Wilde


Styling Notes

I keep these bouquets low, and focus on the volume that the blooms bring.

More is more is more here.

Keep these bouquets low, and focus on the volume that the blooms bring.

Like little fireworks! I love the riotous puff of color.

Little Fireworks!


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Meet the Collaborators


Emily Pek is founder of Frayed Knot Farm and steward to the land it operates on. Thirty miles east of downtown Cleveland, Emily grows over 50 varieties of annual and perennial flowers, many of which are heirloom seeds on less than an acre. Using hand scale and regenerative farming practices, the farm has transformed from mowed grass and heavy clay soil to a thriving ecologically diverse ecosystem.



Jennie Doran is the designer and artist behind Room Service. Her passion for creating engaging, inspiring spaces, paired with her experience in retail design and art direction has situated R/S as one of Ohio’s preeminent retail destinations. With a keen eye for detail and composition, her work extends from large scale art installation to interiors, from costume design to art direction and styling.

Jennie Doran & Em Peck
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