Holiday Wreaths

'tis the season to deck the halls :: Handmade locally-grown holiday wreaths available Dec 8th. Please place your order by Dec 5th, midnight. Prices range from $25-$35. Some are classy and simple- others weird and wild. Ribbon and extras available too!

In a tizzy over tansy

Several of you have asked, "What's that lovely yellow button flower?" It's tansy! Tansy is also known as Common Tansy, Wild Tansy, Gold Leaf Tansy, Stinking Willie, Bitter Buttons, Ginger Plant, Cow Bitter, Scented Fern (for the odor), Cheese (for the flowers), Mugwort, or Golden Buttons. It flourishes wild practically…

In full swing

This really is the glory days for the farm. The plants are tall, there's been plenty of sun, a little bit of rain, some essential weeding, and blooms, blooms, blooms! Call it the cat's pajamas, the bees knees, the hey-days, basically, everything's coming up roses... it's DELIGHTful on the flower…

Tips to keep your flowers fresh longer

Here are a few tips to keep your fresh cut flowers looking fresh longer. Essentially do your best to reduce bacterial growth in the water. Bacteria in the water plugs up the stems and prevents the flowers from taking up water, without water the flowers droop and the water smells…

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…
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