What causes one plant to thrive in a particular location and another to wither up and die? First, there’s the obvious answer of growing conditions: the right nutrients in the soil, neither too much nor too little water/sun, the proper temperatures for that particular variety of species needs, adequate space to grow to the size […]
Flush, abundant, bloomin’, full-speed-ahead, busy -are all descriptors for this time of year on a Midwestern flower farm. We’ve been buzzing with lots of activity on Delight Flower Farm as you might have noticed on our various social media feeds. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to. Our first annual Hops Plant Sale […]
We graduated from the Farm Beginnings course mid-February. This course offered through The Land Connection is a 5 month-long farm training program that takes place at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery all day every other Saturday. The course taught us so many farming and business skills to grow in new ways. We completed a thorough business plan (18 pages worth!) and presented it […]
Celebrate this floral holiday (Valentine’s Day!) by giving your sweetheart the gift of flowers all summer long! Our flower CSA program is now enrolling members (and if you order by Feb 14th you can save 10%!) Support sustainable & local farms and spread the love! Details for enrollment on our CSA membership page.
We are doing it. We’re taking it to the next level. We are leaping! Leaps are scary, they imply a big jump, which mean threat of free fall and unexpected landings, but in its common context, leaps are taken in faith for a brighter outcome. We’re expanding the farm. We estimate by about 4 times […]
“Think globally, act locally.” The phrase of our time, a time where we have become aware of the fragility of life on this planet and the impact we humans have on it. The locals of Urbana know that the Saturday farmer’s market has become so crowded that walking through the first two rows can be like floating […]
We can’t believe it’s come to week 9/10 already! In fact, I’m late on publishing this post from last week and we are already now well into week 10! This season seemed to fly by once we dried out from the Urbana Monsoon that was June. Shareholders, please come to the farm this Friday (5-7pm) […]
Flower Power (class) at Common Ground Food Co-op, Saturday, August 29th, 2-3 pm. $5 owner/ $10 non-owner In this workshop learn many benefits of growing flowers (good for bees, good for veggies, good for the environment, and good for you!). Participants will learn cut flower basics, plant seeds to tend at home. Join us and […]
This week features surprise lilies (as well as the other favorites you’ve come to know this season: Queen Anne’s Lace, Zinnia, Tansy, Sunflowers, etc.)
The days have been sunny, hot, and humid. The height of excellence in this flower season by far. Our sunflowers are so huge, sculptural and prolific. We’ve been daydreaming about making their wide, seed-filled heads into outdoor shower nozzles. Do you think it would work?! 😉 I think both Liz and Holly have officially declared […]
We are so grateful for the warmth we’ve had this past week. The flowers needed that good, nourishing sun to make some food! And the soil was in need of some drying. The difference between weeks of endless rain and weeks of sunshine definitely shows. This week we harvested lots of queen anne’s lace, gladiolas, zinnias, black-eyed […]
Featured blooms this week: Gladiola, Zinnia, Queen Anne’s lace, Sunflower and Pink Sunday Sage! Our favorite variety of Zinnia, Pink Senorita, is starting to bloom prolifically. Enjoy! Sunshine promised for next week-hooray!
We’re bouncing back! Flowers feature this week include:: Queen Anne’s Lace, Zinnia, Sundlower, Gooseneck, Black-eyed Susan, Marigold, Snap dragon, and purple coneflower.
This week’s harvest was a pale palette. I think all of the recent rain we’ve had seems to have limited the more colorful blooms. Green and white are nice enough for now though! (and SUNFLOWERS, already?!?)
Symbiosis :: the interaction that happens when two or more different organisms live in close proximity to one another and the relationship is mutually beneficial. In the natural world symbiosis happens all the time. For example, the fungus (peaking out in the photo above) needs the old wood for food. The mushroom rots the wood […]
Click here to enjoy the April 21st “Alter Ego Show” on WEFT 90.1–Maggie, Holly and Liz guest appeared on the local morning show to talk about the Delight Flower CSA–you can catch our part specifically in the last 30 minutes, but we highly recommend you give the whole show a listen-great music and talk show on […]
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a model used by farmers to enable their farms to thrive even in years of drought or too much rain (or sun, bugs, etc). CSA farms are financially backed by local members of a community who want to invest in the farm. Which means the farm is able to sustain […]
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. -Robert Frost
While the rest of the country is gearing up with red, white and blue, this flower garden is featuring purple. Well, truthfully, it’s featuring purple, green, yellow, white, red, orange, etc. Happy *rainbow* holiday week, my friends! pictured :: Jade Frost Sea Holly and “black” raspberries. Reason enough to celebrate early!
Holly and I had some time last Friday for a sweet little morning in the garden. We weeded around the delicate seedlings popping up (everywhere!) and got the last of our indoor transplants into the dirt outside. Every time I walk over to the garden lately there is something else (as intended) peeking out of […]