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2019 Flower Memberships

I know it can be hard to think about 2019 when we still have three months left in 2018, but the truth is, a flower farmer has been prepping for the 2019 growing season for a couple of months already. I was methodically starting about 200 seeds a day in early September, and now I have thousands of seedlings that are going into the ground for their long winter nap. Part of the thinking and planning ahead requires getting a good idea of how many people I will be growing flowers for in the coming year. That helps me determine how many plants I need in production every week of the growing season, and that helps me kno...
I know it can be hard to think about 2019 when we still have three months left in 2018, but the truth is, a flower farmer has been prepping for the 2019 growing season for a couple of months already. I was methodically starting about 200 seeds a day in early September, and now I have thousands of seedlings that are going into the ground for their l...

Inspiring Gardens Series: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

My mom and I love going to England and visiting as many gardens as we possibly can. We've been to Sissinghurst, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court, Highgrove, Kew, Great Dixter, and many others, both large and small. We go mainly because we are obsessed with gardening and love immersing ourselves in the beauty of these magnificent places. But we are also drawn to these gardens for the inspiration they provide us. Now, sometimes that can be a bit problematic. For example, my mom's yard is tiny, but when we stroll around these iconic gardens, she decides that she needs a pond and a wall and an ornamental tree and a scu...
My mom and I love going to England and visiting as many gardens as we possibly can. We've been to Sissinghurst, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court, Highgrove, Kew, Great Dixter, and many others, both large and small. We go mainly because we are obsessed with gardening and love immersing ourselves in the beauty of these magnificent places. But we are al...

Firmly Rooted

We have inadvertently lived a nomadic life. Although my husband (whom I call Turfman…he loves lawns) had grown accustomed to moving regularly with the Army, he had left the military by the time I met him. I had no reason to believe that we would leave my hometown outside of Dayton, Ohio, but within a few months, our company moved us to Pensacola, Florida. We thought it might prove to be a place we could call home, and so it was for a few years. But when his boss told us we would have to relocate to a place we weren’t wild about, Turfman instead took a job outside of Atlanta, where I hoped we could put down so...
We have inadvertently lived a nomadic life. Although my husband (whom I call Turfman…he loves lawns) had grown accustomed to moving regularly with the Army, he had left the military by the time I met him. I had no reason to believe that we would leave my hometown outside of Dayton, Ohio, but within a few months, our company moved us to Pensacola,...

Who I Am Growing For

I've never been a business woman before. This is my first foray into that arena. Though it is different in many ways from my career as a college professor, I have seen one significant similarity, and it has to do with the reason I am doing this work. As a professor, honestly, I did the work because one of my college professors made me feel like I was more capable than I had ever imagined. He made literature fascinating and fun, and I wanted to be like him. I wanted to make other students feel exactly as he had made me feel. So I learned all of my students' names, tried to remember what their interests were, and w...
I've never been a business woman before. This is my first foray into that arena. Though it is different in many ways from my career as a college professor, I have seen one significant similarity, and it has to do with the reason I am doing this work. As a professor, honestly, I did the work because one of my college professors made me feel like I w...

The (Sometimes) Ugly Truth

I had written at the start of the season that I wanted to post something twice a month here. I haven't done that at all. The truth is that the season has been brutal for countless reasons. Most people wouldn't even begin to suspect that was the case, and that is largely my fault. On Facebook and Instagram, I try to post the most lovely photos of my flowers and the fields. The reasons are honest enough. I'm in my second year of starting this business, and I am trying to attract bouquet members so that I can actually keep running the business. I also don't want to depress anyone with the uglier aspects of farming. ...
I had written at the start of the season that I wanted to post something twice a month here. I haven't done that at all. The truth is that the season has been brutal for countless reasons. Most people wouldn't even begin to suspect that was the case, and that is largely my fault. On Facebook and Instagram, I try to post the most lovely photos of my...

2018 Farm Workshops

So, in my last post, I announced my intention to post twice a month. That was in May. It's now the end of July. In the past, I would likely be unkind to myself about not meeting my own expectations. Now I simply see this as something that happens regularly in a life beset by all sorts of interruptions to our plans, and I'm feeling okay about missing the original mark. Nevertheless, I do want to apologize if you have been missing my posts. Perhaps in the fall/winter I will find more time to wax lyrical and philosophical about the farm and gardening in general, but this post is simply practical. I wanted to anno...
So, in my last post, I announced my intention to post twice a month. That was in May. It's now the end of July. In the past, I would likely be unkind to myself about not meeting my own expectations. Now I simply see this as something that happens regularly in a life beset by all sorts of interruptions to our plans, and I'm feeling okay about missin...

Flower Farm Update – May 2018

I apologize for theterribly long time since I sat down to write a post. What can I say? I had, like so many of us these days, stretched myself far too thin. My goal moving forward is to post at least once a month, but no more than twice, as I don't want to inundate you, my lovely readers, with too much content. If you are in Georgia, you already know that we have been coping with days and days and days of rain. My phone now alerts me regularly that we are under a flash flood watch and that the expiration for the watch continues to move further into the future. It has certainly made the farm rather lush, but I ...
I apologize for the terribly long time since I sat down to write a post. What can I say? I had, like so many of us these days, stretched myself far too thin. My goal moving forward is to post at least once a month, but no more than twice, as I don't want to inundate you, my lovely readers, with too much content. If you are in Georgia, you alrea...

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