That middle school life

Rudbeckia (black-eyed susans) about to open.

Rudbeckia (black-eyed susans) about to open.

I don’t know about you, but middle school was not my golden era. In terms of the field’s progress, I think of June as the middle school month . The cuteness of spring and all of its new growth is gone, and the lanky-growth-spurt-stage is upon us. We are also just starting to see the beginning of the thousands of summer and fall blooms we will harvest. This definitely is work that rewards patience!

At the same time that we continue the cycle of plant - weed - water - repeat, we are also thinking about some new and exciting developments for the markets. I have several dozen eucalyptus plants growing under lights right now. They are going to get bumped up to their permanent homes tonight or tomorrow, and which point we’ll wait a little longer to let them settle in and then we will have eucalyptus plants for people to purchase at the farmer’s market. (That is assuming I don’t keep them all for myself.)

Chinese forget-me-nots breaking open in the field.

Chinese forget-me-nots breaking open in the field.

I have also started a dried flower operation in my garage, as drying flowers is my new obsession. I seem to be trying to dry everything. I’m hopeful that I will find some great additions to our dried flower stores to allow us to bring some unique and interesting creations to the farmers’ market later in the fall.

That’s about it for now. We’ll keep you updated with more news as things start showing their cheerful faces. Right now, rudbeckia, Chinese forget-me-nots, calendula, and bachelor buttons are leading the way.

Calendula about to bloom.

Calendula about to bloom.

And - breaking news - we have a really exciting new event to announce:

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, we are hosting a flower arranging party at the Wine Cafe in Wilmington from 6-8 pm. We will harvest and prep our gorgeous, locally grown flowers, and then let you select the stems you want and help you arrange them. $35 will cover the flowers, arranging demonstration PLUS appetizers and your first glass of wine. This is a great deal, and I’m so excited to be able to share our flowers with you all. You can reserve your spot now by contacting the Wine Cafe. If there’s enough interest, we will open up a second night for wine and flowers. A perfect combination, right?!

The man, the beard, the legend. (Haha.)

The man, the beard, the legend. (Haha.)

Here’s what I can’t get over this week: We actually remembered to take a picture together this Father’s Day. I don’t actually know when the last picture of just the two of us was taken. (Eek.)

Bloomfully yours,

Katie and Chris