Flower Farm Update – May 2018

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 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 wonder where the tipping point is between enough rain and too much. The dahlias are beginning to bloom profusely, though the unfurling of the buds has been slightly slowed by the rain. Between showers, I walk through the fields, tapping their little heads to release as much excess water as possible. I tripled the number of dahlia tubers over last year’s, and the 30+ varieties I’m growing span the full range of colors, from white and cream to coral, orange, yellow, wine, purple, pink, and some with variegated petals.

Dahlia ‘Spartacus’

Dahlias pushing through second tier of netting

I’m also growing more varieties of sunflowers this year, and if you have only known sunflowers as deep yellow, you are in for quite a surprise. The fields will soon be sporting cream, peach, yellow, orange, and red sunflowers, and some even with a hint of lavender. I had an early surprise of one plant that volunteered itself in my finished compost bin. I can report that it is the happiest sunflower plant I have ever seen, and as it is a branching variety, I’ve been able to harvest more than a dozen blooms from it already. The rest of the plants have now made their way through the second tier of netting I use to keep everyone’s heads up and their stems straight.

The mixed row of sunflowers

Another new addition to the farm this season is a row of sweet peas. They are now scrambling up the teepees I made for them, and they’re blooming profusely in the moisture and heat. Their colors are red, lavender, white, peach, and pink, and I love cutting colorful little posies of them.

A white sweet pea kissed with rain

My favorite flower changes every time something new starts making its presence known in the fields. First it was the anemones, then the ranunculus, then the snapdragons. Now, I think the Bachelor Buttons are claiming my highest affection. Although I grow three different colors of the buttons, I am partial to the original ‘Blue Boy’ variety. Blue is such an uncommon color in the flower world, so they add such a wonderful contrasting pop in bouquets. Their structure is pretty wonderful, too. They add such texture and a little bit of whimsy, and they make bouquets that remind me very much of something you would find in a cluster of flowers from an English cottage garden.

Bachelor buttons, Cornflowers, or Centaurea cyanus? Take your pick!

This is just the beginning of another miraculous growing season here on my little farm. As one flower variety fades away, another comes in just behind it, creating a parade of blooms that always fills me with wonder. I see that same wonder in the faces of those who pick up one of my bouquets, and that is what delights me most of all.

If you’re interested in getting bouquets or buckets of flowers regularly from the farm, the floral memberships are the way to go. You can choose the frequency at which you receive your flowers (every week, every other week, or monthly) and your pickup location (Brooks, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, and Griffin). If you have summer travel plans and may miss out on one of your deliveries, you can always gift it to a family member or a friend, or you can always ask me to deliver it to anyone who needs a little cheer in a nursing home.

Members are the heart and soul of this local flower farm. Their investment in my dream yields a summer full of beautiful flowers and a great deal of joy. They get special pricing, invitations to members-only days on the farm, early access to register for farm workshops, a 10% discount on workshops, and my deep gratitude. I would be very glad if you would join us. The deadline for becoming a member is 3 June. You can get further details by visiting the shop here on the website or contacting me via email at Becky@Bloomsburylanefarm.com.

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