this time of year

This time of year... :: Leaves carpet the earth. :: Annuals are piled for the winter. (Seeds are fair share for the birds and other critters.) :: Perennials get marked and labeled so that in spring I don't accidentally plant over them. :: Frost knits a lovely lace over everything.…

nature’s diary

Whenever I wander through the garden with my camera I can't help but feel like I'm recording observations like I did in a childhood sketchbook. You know the type: a sturdy big book, with pressed leaves, notes about what color each flower is, drawings, poetry, berry ink, weeds taped into…

revolutions around the sun

As we transition into shorter daylight and cooler nights, there is ongoing bustle in the garden. :: Leaves begin to let go. :: Finally after a summer of drought, rain sparkles on the Redbeckia. :: The farm hires two "employees" to prep the garden beds for fall (A.K.A. Chickens). ::…

bees and flowers

We know that flowers are good for bees. Bees feed on pollen and sweet nectar. But how are bees good for flowers? In the words of my partner, JP, "Bees are the way in which flowers make love." Sounds romantic eh? Bees are so fascinating. The statistic I've heard is…

make hay while the sun shines

There's a lot that happens between the seed and the vase. When I think about my work as a flower farmer I often call to mind the image of the abundent bright floral displays jarred and in the hands of my CSA shareholders. However, the past few weeks have imersed…

this week’s warm blessings

:: high summer sun and it's glorious light :: dark rain clouds that deliver :: bright bright! Globe Amaranth :: garden Buddha :: the first Zinnia means more to come... May you go outside and see the beauty-filled blessings surrounding you. I'm off the California for a week-long, sure-to-bring-delight, yoga…

floral rebels

When I say the word "flowers" what comes to mind? Perhaps big bright yellow sunflowers, romantic pink roses, delicate sweet peas or country daisies but probably not your common roadside "weeds" right? The week's arrangement features two plants often referred to as "weeds." Queen Anne's Lace and Teasel. Both of…

my kind of fireworks

This week's inaugural bouquet was inspired by the season of fireworks as well as a tribute to my mother, whom died on the third of July ten years ago. She was a dedicated and knowledgeable gardener. I learned so much from her about growing plants, landscape design and the fundamentals…

wedding guest/blossom tourist

wisconsin wedding flowers We just returned from two long weekend weddings out of town. The first was in Wisconsin for a friend's wedding and the second in beautiful Boulder, Colorado for JP's sister's wedding. The rolling hills and red barns of Wisconsin are quintessential midwest. Purple thistle adorned the roads…

summer solstice

Officially summer has arrived. It is evident by the added color and vibrant pulse of the garden. There are bees humming through the air and caterpillars munching on green, sticky, sweet sweat at the slightest labor, weeds galore and yes, finally, FLOWERS IN BLOOM! [gallery]

rain puddles and white picketed fences

A few weeks ago the garden was particularly soggy. The field was too wet for most hands on gardening. However, I still managed to stay busy with gardening projects. I found the Lion's Tail seeds I harvested from last year's plants and started them inside. (Late is better than never.)…

the great outdoors

Ahhh...just when the frost-free date officially arrives (May 12th), perennials are delivered via postal service and the seedlings are beginning to outgrow their wombs a cold snap hits! Though it feels cold to us humans who had so quickly adapted to the unseasonably warm weather of last week, the cooler…

some things do last forever (almost)

Perennials are the closest thing to permanent in a garden. They are heartier plants, that live through winter and flourish year after year. Once well-established they flourish with little maintenance. Annuals grow for only one year. I plant them, they live through the growing season and die. Next year, if…

a tradition of hope

Starting seeds is always one of my favorite springtime activities. Each seed contains so much potential. The activity of organizing all of these little containers, clearing space near sunny windows, and filling each cup with peat moss and potting soil is deeply gratifying. For the first time in several long…

springtime at last

Last Saturday (on the eve of spring equinox) I planted the first of our 2011 flower seeds outdoors. They are cold hardy varieties. Even though our central Illinois frost-free date isn't until May 12th these flowers should be able to survive below freezing temperatures. Bachelor's Button Black Boy and Love-In-A-Mist…
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