In honor of lavender…

Recipe for Lavender Lemonade :: 3 cups sugar :: 3 cups water :: 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers :: 4 cups lemon juice :: 8 cups cold water :: ice :: sprigs of lavender or other edible flowers 1. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and the 3 cups…

Heaven in the Midwest

Sharp's Crossing Lavender Farm is north of Urbana on Highway 45, halfway between Urbana and Rantoul. The farm is U-pick and is only open for a couple of weekends a year in late June. When I pulled up to the farm last Friday I was greeted by Jan Meier, who…

week two: a sink full of flowers

This week's harvest included red yarrow, lavender, daisies, calendula, fireworks, lilies, hostas, love in a mist, sweetpeas, gooseneck, queen anne's lace, snap dragons, sage love-in-a-mist, and coneflowers! This week I was also arranging for a wedding. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of flowers for shareholders and the…

week one

Happy summer solstice and first week of Delight harvest! This week's blooms included orange day lilies, garlic scapes, some lovely lacy green "weed," mint, daisies, yarrow, pin cushion, fireworks, and a few snap dragons! The garlic scapes are edible so I hope they make their way into your pesto this…

Progress

It may not look like much, but this is progress. Thanks to Sam, the chickens, and some sunshine. The garden will flourish this year. We got a good start on tilling and bed prep. Share holders will get a harvest one month from now!

hands in the dirt

This week in the few moments of sunshine between rainy days I was able to get out in the garden and work the earth. It felt so good. It's as if putting my hands in the dirt literally roots me to this planet. I can't explain it, but every time…

Field Trip.

This week we were invited to harvest some of the many gorgeous wildflowers out at Tiny Greens/Ananda Lina farm by my friend Dustin. This is great news for everyone: shareholders will receive some variety in their arrangement this week, the Delight garden gets a week of break to nurture new…

Dating the flowers

Every Friday evening for the past few weeks Sam and I meet up around 6 pm. We head out to the garden with our buckets of water and pruning shears to be swooned by the blooms. We harvest bucket after bucket of bright oranges, dreamy pinks, glowing greens and many…

Preperations at the Farm

This past couple of weeks every spare minute has been spent getting the garden ready for this year's flower season. :: rototilling :: planting :: watering (+ watering, watering, watering and more watering!) :: pruning/harvesting :: enjoying ourselves :: basking in blessings

inspiration from afar

I can't help but troll the internet for good flower/gardening ideas. The folks at the Royal Horticulture Society over in Britain have some pretty marvelous flowers and creative ideas for attracting pollinators. Check out this video from last year's flower show. (I'm not able to embed the video directly here,…

Are you ready? I am!

This is the last week to sign up for this year's flower CSA season. The garden's already blooming away. I couldn't help harvest these lovelies in the cool air early this morning. I started just making one arrangement for a healing friend, and then one for the yoga studio, and…