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January 20th 2014

GIVEAWAY: Enchanting Sweet Peas

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beautiful rainbow of Spencer sweet peas

beautiful rainbow of Spencer sweet peas


 
Today I have a wonderful surprise for you! We’re raffling off two $25 gift certificates to one of my all time favorite sweet pea seed sources here in the states, Enchanting Sweet Peas. Eeeek!

I’ve been getting seed from Enchanting for years now and must say it’s the most luxurious seed ordering experience I’ve ever had. Their packaging is gorgeous, variety selection stellar, turn around time never more than a handful of days and their customer service the best around, period.

They also carry my favorite and super hard to find variety, Nimbus (bottom center of the photo above), a deep purple/grey flaked beauty (look in the Limited Availability Seed section).

To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you’re most looking forward to this spring.

Winners will be announced Thursday morning { 8a.m.PST}. Good luck!

252 Comments

  1. Stephanie on

    I’m so excited for the sweet fragrance of spring, the damp ground and the feel of the dirt in my hands:)

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  2. Judith Silverstein on

    I have a new space to combine climbing sweet peas with my bird feeders, I can’t wait!

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  3. Lakline.007 on

    Spring time in Phoenix means sleeping with the windows open and the smell of citrus blossoms absolutely filling the air all night long. Nothing like it.

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  4. Donna on

    Getting outside to play in the dirt!

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  5. Lois Barnhart on

    I have always loved spring! My fondest memories are of my Grandma’s old fashioned flower gardens. They were magical.

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  6. Julie Bergeron on

    I love your website.
    I plant sweet peas ever year.
    Last year I had NOT ONE BLOOM ???
    I am looking forward to starting over.
    I think I over crowded.

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  7. Nancy Viseth on

    I am looking forward to the ground being soft and dry enough to put my hands back in and plant those little miracles that grow from tiny seed into gorgeous big plants

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  8. Jenny on

    the smell of spring…and the anticipation of watching life pop out of the ground!! So tiny, something so magnificent, diverse and beautiful appears. Awe inspiring and I get to share it with those around me!

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  9. larry collins on

    I thought finding this would be so arduous but it’s a breeze!

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  10. jen davis on

    Spring break vacation with the kids

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  11. tracey paulson on

    We recently moved from goergia to michigan and I’m most looking forward to planting a new garden – this year with flowers! thank you for inspiring me to plant my little bit of happy this upcoming season!

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  12. Evee M on

    This may be a bit earlier that is technically considered spring, but I am looking forward to the nine new calves that will be born on our farm in February and March. They are so darling. New birth is the definition of spring to me.

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  13. Andrea R. on

    I am looking forward to the expression on my husband’s face when I walk in the door all dirty from playing outside.

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  14. Debbie Byler on

    Looking forward to not having to wear 2 or 3 layers of clothing! Below zero here in Central PA. Feels like Spring when I read and enjoy your blogs, thank you so much!!

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  15. Michelle on

    Trying to build my first hoophouse from a carport frame & then (if it’s still standing) filling it with seeds!

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  16. Adriana Smith on

    I am excited to work with new brides and make some original arrangements!

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  17. CAT YOUNG on

    LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT POPS OUT OF THE WILDFLOWER PATCH I PLANTED LAST SPRING!

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  18. Joanie Weiser on

    As ‘the sweet-pea lady’ at Redwood Roots Farm in Bayside, CA (Janet Czarnecki, prop.) I am looking forward to the day that the birds stop stripping every sweet pea seedling I set out (just wised-up and covered them with remay) and I can finally start tying them up! I’ve got 420 feet planted and with the dry season we’re having the birds need every tender morsel they can find!
    Love your blog, photos and resources, Erin, and have been so inspired! THANKS a mil!!!

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  19. laura on

    I hope I’m not to late! I would love the opportunity for this! I’m putting sweet peas in my plans for flowers this year.
    blessings
    ~*~

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  20. Jacquie on

    Just starting out as a grower and following in your footsteps as an example and mentor! Thank you for all your info. And I can’t wait to grow sweet peas!!

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  21. Spring on

    This spring I’m looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt and planting flowers with my youngest daughter.

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  22. Agnes on

    Expanding my flower plots with new varieties and reaching out to a larger customer basis. Thanks Erin!

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  23. Shannon on

    I’m excited to start seedlings, to harvest spinach, to put up a field tunnel for cut flowers, to grow ginger for the first time in Nova Scotia, and to plan the seed crops we will grow this year.

    Oh, and I’m excited for the new chicks to come!

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  24. Solducky on

    Getting into the garden, growing green things!

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  25. Joolz on

    I’m looking forward to COLOUR !
    Everything coming back to life! Hurry up Spring

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  26. Katie on

    I am looking forward to the warm spring breeze on my face and greenhouses full of beautiful blooms. Harvesting buckets of flowers that create a rainbow of spectacular spring colors. This season is going to be the best one yet.

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  27. rachel on

    A whole new growing year!

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  28. Laura on

    more hours of sunlight and fresh salad greens. thanks!

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  29. Meg on

    I look forward to the extended daylight! It is tough to leave for work in the dark and return in the dark.

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  30. Vanessa on

    That first warm breeze that catches you by surprise.

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  31. Violeta on

    looking forward to adventure and having fun!

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  32. Adria lipsett on

    I’m looking forward to getting out in my garden with my two little boys who are now two. I think it’s going to be so fun helping them learn about plants and flowers and how to hunt for worms

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  33. Marlys on

    I live in Minnesota, so I’m just looking forward to warmth!

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  34. Erin on

    Looking forward to my first time flying solo as our flower field manager at our Vancouver campus farm. And the ASCFG Growers School! Best wishes for your season Erin!

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  35. Chelsea W on

    getting busy in the ground…seeing things grow and bloom!

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  36. liz l on

    Wearing pastels

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  37. Judy on

    I’m thinking maybe I should start some sweet pea seeds in my cold frame.

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  38. Patti on

    Oh, looking forward to getting out and planting in the warm! And seeing everything come back to life. :)

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  39. robyn on

    I love Spring because it signals the beginning of another gardening year. I never quite know what plant or flower will be the star of my garden so it’s fun to watch everything come back to their fullness and others begin.
    thanks of the chance :) I adore sweet peas!

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  40. lorna on

    I can’t wait to see what bulbs pop up this year since we’ve had some good cold weather.

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  41. Janell on

    The feelings of hope, expectation, and joy. As Mark Twain said “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

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  42. Sunday on

    My partner and I are trying to buy our first house, and will likely not be able to this year, so really I’m just looking forward to any sort of yard or quiet happy place I can do a little simple gardening to tide my heart over. It’s hard being a grown-up.

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  43. Mindy S on

    After this snowy and cold winter, I’m looking forward to warm weather and hearing the birds chirping.

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  44. Lindsey on

    This spring I am most looking forward to putting all of my winter garden plans into motion.

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  45. britney delgado on

    I really like those flowers.Are u really going to give away $25 gift cards? I am really looking forward to spring (:

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  46. britney delgado on

    I really like those flowers.Are u really going to give away $25 gift cards? I am really looking forward to spring.

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  47. britney delgado on

    i really like those flowers.are you really going to give away $25 gift cards? I really looking forward to spring.

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  48. Amy on

    Hi…our kids are in KFC together. I’ve been wanting to drop you a line. My oldest son (Spencer) is the same(ish) age as your daughter (he is extremely shy). She beat him this year at fair and then he (hopefully) helped her to learn how to do Round Robin, which he got to try out a couple years ago. I love our club. I met your sweet mom, but not you last year. :-) I am also friends with Jill who told me she is working for you and loving it. I am looking forward to my bees emerging from their box and pollinating all of our fruit trees and my kitchen garden and my permaculture-ish yard. My Autumn planted garlic is already up several inches, which gives me hope to hold out for Spring. You have inspired me to start sweet peas in my greenhouse this year. They are soaking on my windowsill. Unfortunately I only have mixed and late Spencers. I would love to try other kinds one day and I hope to officially meet you, too.

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  49. Rene on

    I’m looking forward to clearing space in my raised beds and planting flowers for cutting! Thanks Erin!

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  50. K.Young on

    I look forward to smelling the scent of the earth, to longer days, to the color green, and to warmer temperatures.

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  51. Ferriss Donham on

    May 1st, May Day, will be 100 days from the day my nephew gets his bone marrow transplant and will be the first time he will be able to come outside and smell the earth.

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  52. Sarah on

    Looking forward to seeing how my fall planted flowers will turn out- especially the digitalis.

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  53. Barbara on

    Looking forward to the tulips blooming, if the spinach made it through -26 below in the high tunnel, and lots of pretty new sweet pea varieties!

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  54. Megan on

    I’m a Pac Northwest girl living in the high desert of New Mexico, so this spring I’m looking forward to seeing a little green and new life to break up the brown and gray monotony of the winter here.
    Thanks for your wonderfully inspiring blog. It’s a much needed taste of home.

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  55. Danielle on

    I am looking forward to seeing if any of this year’s experiments pay off in my spring flower and vegetable beds. I have opened both up to the chickens over the winter and a friend has just gifted me with a full truckload of organic mushroom farm mulch so I am hoping that those two new elements will help create an even richer growing environment. We shall see! Here in the Northwest, spring also brings with it a few peeks of blue sky and that is always welcome.

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  56. Kathy on

    Well, to be absolutely truthful, one of the things I’ve been looking forward to this spring is trying some new sweet peas! I only planted one variety last year and missed the beautiful jumble of colors that we usually have. So since last summer, I’ve been plotting for this spring’s sowing. Sweet peas are always the first thing I plant (in February) and after I do so, it seems that the remaining dreary months before spring begins in earnest pass by more easily with that promise of things to come all tucked in and starting to slowly grow.

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  57. Anna on

    Sun! So looking forward to waking up to sun instead of gray. And starting a garden plot at my new place–I’ve been dreaming of it for months.

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  58. mliss on

    Green. I love the lushness of spring, and how gorgeous everything looks before the weeds start.

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  59. Veronica Roth on

    I love sweet peas. Actually I look so forward to sweet peas and here’s is a funny story: I always seed them on St Patrick’s day and plant them in my garden in Vancouver. Then I baby them and watch them grow and then I leave for England for July and August and hardly ever get to see them bloom. :( But that’s ok, my children get them all and I get some from our village friends in E. :)

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  60. Melissa on

    I’m looking forward to my Icelandic Poppies blooming! So excited about these!

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  61. Kendra @ A Sonoma Garden on

    After reading your blog, I’m looking forward to sweet peas! I have a package of sweet peas already started, but I’d love to win some from Enchanting…they are just a few miles away from where I live!!

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  62. Molly on

    I look forward to seeing the daffodils pushing up out of the earth and starting seeds!!!!!!

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  63. Sondra on

    Our daughter, Alba Rose, will be born at the end of April. This also coincides when we move into our first home and plan on bordering our front door with white roses, my grandma’s favorite flowers and our daughter’s namesake. My grandma also saved a little money, wrapped in a handkerchief and tucked into her purse, to buy a seed packet or two from the nursery around the corner. Her home and garden were filled with flowers and she was never without a small bouquet to cheer up a neighbor or granddaughter. This spring, in our first home, my two little sons, husband, and I plan on throwing ourselves in our gardens to pass on her legacy. Sweet peas would be a welcome addition.

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  64. jennifer on

    i’m looking forward to being outside again and elbow deep in garden soil

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  65. Katie Spring on

    I am most looking forward to sharing the spring with my baby boy: to re-discover the smell of mud and the first crocuses as he discovers them for the first time.

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  66. kate swift on

    I’m looking forward to sweet peas! Oh,and tulips, anemones, ranunculus, blooming dogwood … well, you get the picture. I’m mostly excited to get my hands back in the soil.

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  67. Megan Leiss on

    My husband and I are moving onto our new land this spring and living in a 77 sq ft camper while we build our home and flower farm. We are moving this SPRING!!!!

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  68. Mindee on

    I can’t wait until the daffodils pop out of the ground in all of their glorious shades of yellow!

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  69. Jan Flora on

    I’m looking forward to getting some sweet peas going early in the high tunnel this year. I’m hoping to do the impossible – have red, white, & blue sweet peas in bloom for corsages for the elder women at our American Legion Hall here in the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea in Alaska for Memorial Day. I don’t think it can be done, but I want to try.

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  70. Carol Bean on

    After farming on someone else’s land for the past 7 years, we will be planting in our own fields this Spring…lots of veggies and hopefully my first ever crop of sweet peas

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  71. Michelle on

    To start the spring season I’m looking forward to all the new variety of bulbs I planted last fall…tulips, narcissus, allium, mini iris, frutillia! Thank you for the chance at a great give away, dying to try sweet peas again this year after all your beautiful inspiration, hoping I have luck, not one came up last year but I think I know why now.

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  72. Michelle on

    Thanks for this giveaway, Erin!

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  73. Kathy Horn on

    I can hardly wait to take my two yr old grandson by the hand and introduce him to all the wondrous treasures that are just waiting to be discovered in my garden! What a thrill to be along for his very first venture into a lifetime of exploration and
    appreciation of the Great Outdoors!

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  74. Cynthia M. Holloway on

    I’m looking forward to getting my health back- I’ve had pneumonia since thanksgiving which has drained me of my energy & strength. I so look forward to the day I can get my hands in the soil, the tractor tilling and finishing our baby hoop house we had to put on hold on when I got sick. It’s been a long dreary and exceptional cold winter here in Tennessee. But sweet peas are one of my favorite all time flowers and I’d love to have the chance to buy some from your fabulous source. Thank you Erin for always being the teacher, friend and inspiring person you are. All my best to you.
    Cynthia

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  75. Morgan Wilson on

    So looking forward to spring and all of the possibilities for growth and new life and all that the garden has in store.

    I continue to be inspired by your blog Erin!!

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  76. Alex S. on

    I’m looking forward to the smell of spring – that delicious fresh green smell….

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  77. Sarah P. on

    I’m looking forward to more hours of daylight, and seeing our little chicks running in the green grass. :D

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  78. Adrian on

    I’m looking forward to seeing my grandmother’s flowers bloom. Makes me feel like she is right here with me.

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  79. shinelittlelight on

    Spring is a long way away for me in Australia but I have 300 ranunculus bulbs on their way to me which will be my first experiment with growing flowers to sell, and they will be flowering (very small scale obviously). This spring I should also be welcoming my first child into the world! Eek! *s*

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  80. Andrianette Wright on

    I’m looking forward to celebrating my first anniversary with my husband!

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  81. Beth on

    I just saw your blog for the first time today and am enchanted, thank you!

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  82. Brittany | The Home Ground on

    I’m most looking forward to feeling the warmth of the sun and being able to shed the layers of winter :)

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  83. Martha Farner on

    Working outside in the warm sunshine and the start of our local farmer’s market.

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  84. Paul Flack on

    Looking forward to each New Day an being positive in it then moving on to the next day with no regrets.

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  85. Megan D on

    Working in the greenhouse on a sunny, cold day! I love wearing a t-shirt and working in the soil, sowing seeds and soaking up vitamin D!

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  86. Amy Miller on

    Walking around barefoot in the cool grass!

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  87. Alex on

    Looking forward to masses of seedlings peeking out of their flats…

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  88. Annette on

    Bringing home a bunch of daffodils from the flower market, seeing the crocuses peak their heads up out of the soil, and planting new dreams are things I’m looking forward to this spring. But let’s not rush out of the quietness of winter just yet. I’ll linger here a while longer.

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  89. Nicole on

    We bought our first home last fall and due to financial restraints after was not able to do anything with the garden and landscape. This spring I am super excited to clear all the overgrown weeds and shrubs and finally get some life into this place! Flowers, flowers and more flowers….along with some veggies of course, I want to instill a love of the land into my two little ones and cant think of a better way to start :)

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  90. Amber on

    Ooo, I always look forward to daylight savings, unearthing the winter gardens & beautiful spring camping! I think I’m ready….

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  91. Heidi on

    Not having windchills of -35c. Also the return of the robins and loons. We are having a true Canadian winter and your photos bring much joy!

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  92. Paula Carli on

    Looking forward to smelling the newly rotatilled earth; seeing the seeds that I planted sprout in the warm days and cool nights of spring.

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  93. Amy on

    Counting the days down
    to Spring: scent of damp soil
    And muddy footprints.

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  94. Joanne on

    I look forward to digging in the dirt and growing flowers of all kinds for cutting. I ordered seeds from Enchanting Sweet Peas after reading the blog post about growing Sweet Peas. Looking forward to smelling the new varieties.

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  95. Liz Flatau on

    This Spring, I’m most excited about staring a cut-flower business with my dear sisters. We’ve sold fruit at farmers markets all our lives, but we can’t wait to start sharing our love of flowers and design with humanity in hopes of making their day a little bit brighter.

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  96. Katie on

    In addition to masses of flowers, I’m looking forward to hearing the birds sing!!

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  97. Mairead Travins on

    This spring, I am looking forward to utilising our newly-acquired-sort-of-by-accident-but-its-awesome GLASS GREENHOUSE. (My husband has a sauerkraut business in the adjoining building) Now all we need to do is fill it with flowers :)

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  98. Eileen on

    I really enjoyed reading your series on sweet peas!

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  99. Robert on

    To smell the warm earth as I plant my first seeds.

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  100. Cindy on

    Honestly, I love starting my seeds and planting my seedlings, watching my perennials come into bloom…but the thing I look forward to the most is when my farmers market customers see the first bouquets of the season. The excitement of that first market day with lots of beautiful blooms. After all, isn’t that why we do what we do, to make people happy?

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  101. Holly on

    I am looking forward to planting my first sweet peas. I am 36 and can you believe I have never smelled them or seen them in person, I have been inspired to do so from
    your blog. I live in Virginia and so hope I can get them to grow. Any tips on growing them in Southwest Virginia. You are an inspiration Thanks Holly

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  102. Erin Mc on

    I’m looking forward to everything! The possibilities are abundant and I am amped to move forward in life, and business!

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  103. Kristen M on

    Sun! Warmth! And peonies… :) Thank you for all of your amazing growing tips!

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  104. Wanda Fox on

    Hello Erin, You have been my inspiration from the beginning after stumbling on one of your first magazine spreads! While searching for the next career opportunity in life as our children head off to college, I am returning to my roots of “farming”, only this time it will be a “Blooming” farm. So, now after two years in and after a long winter with 6 inches of ice on our drive way, I am so ready for the promise that spring brings! So thankful that there has never been a winter so long that spring forgot to come! Cheerios!

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  105. Megan W on

    I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures and longer days! Spring can’t get here soon enough!

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  106. Sara on

    sun, mud, warmth

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  107. Rachael on

    The last of the day’s sunshine and a glass of wine on the kitchen stoop.

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  108. Emily Jackle on

    I am not going to lie. Spring actually really stresses me out. What I most look forward to is that window of dry soil and sunny skies that results in a marathon planting day. And then, after the kids have gone to bed, finally relaxing with a cold beer.

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  109. Kim on

    Looking forward to getting my hands dirty and planting seeds with my 3yo! Can’t wait!

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  110. Amber on

    I’m looking forward to making new art, lovely weather, and seeing all my tiny seedlings grow up!

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  111. Amanda Cook on

    Looking forward to walking with my husband outside under the stars. Also I miss making bouquets outside under the trees.

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  112. abby on

    I am looking forward to coffee outside.
    Having the water not be frozen when I go feed the chickens.
    Firing up the wood fired hot tub to soak my achy
    muscles and bones that have put in more than
    A full day of labor in the gardens BC I love it so
    Much I can’t stop…

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  113. Yelena Shumakova on

    I look forward to being able to step outside barefoot and walk around feeling the grass between my toes and the wonderful smell of the earth and plants as the sun is warming everything up. I also simply cannot wait for all of the daffodils and crocuses to pop their heads out as one of the first true signs of spring for me!

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  114. Adrienne Lee on

    Looking forward to red ripe strawberries! Planted a quart acre last year to harvest this June, which will keep us busy but taste great!

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  115. Jane Stratton on

    Ready to get back in the flower field for another season

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  116. Natasha on

    I’m so looking forward to getting dirty!!

    And I’m also really looking forward to trying out your sweet pea growing tips! Such a great article!!

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  117. Chelsea on

    I’m looking forward to beginning my first garden. I’ve never had much of a “green thumb” (or I should say tried to have one) but I’m desperate to learn. Last year my roommate did all of the flower beds, but this coming summer I’m making it my job.

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  118. Leslie on

    Color…the deep dark lenten rose, the chartruse green of spring, the varigated blue purple of the hyacinths, saturated purple of anemones and the scent…sweet and fresh.

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  119. Rose on

    I am nervous and excited for my new flower business this spring. I think I went overboard buying seeds.. (but there are sooo many choices)..lol :)

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  120. Tammy Howard on

    Coming home after nearly 4 months in the hospital with my brave, strong little 8 year old boy! We missed Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013. We will celebrate all 3 when we get home. Looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt again as well!

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  121. Margaret on

    I can’t wait to see all the little green sprouts start to poke up through the soil. They have so much faith that spring is really on its way.

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  122. Cindy on

    Being able to have my first cup of coffee outside as the sun comes up.

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  123. Jenn Henry on

    Can’t wait to get my ‘Champagne Bubbles’ Poppies in the ground (thanks to your Poppies post), bunny proof my garden to protect the sweet peas I’m hoping to grow and for each and every day starting to grow longer!

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  124. Siri on

    I cannot WAIT to see our farm awash in blooming spring bulbs for the first time in a decade. A decade! It’s been that long since I got to spend that wet, green season out here. I’m getting misty-eyed just thinking about it :)

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  125. Libby Chenault on

    I am so excited to be outside with my boy, to discover how he likes to play in the garden this year, which vegetables he will eat and which flowers he will sniff and tell me they are delicious.

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  126. Jennie on

    I can`t wait for color to come back. Like an artist paint brush spring adds the right amount of color to enliven our world. The smell of rain mixed with the scent of flowers is another thing I`m looking forward to.

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  127. Julie on

    I just spied my first snowdrop of the season, and I’m so looking forward to all of the bulbs bursting with color in spring. I’m also planning a huge cutting garden this year–can’t wait!

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  128. Amelia Amish on

    I am looking forward to the smell of dirt and the longer warmer days and learning about flowers and what makes them grow.

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  129. Roxanne H. on

    I’m looking forward to all my new flowers in the garden so I can get back to arranging flowers on a more regular basis again. I’ve started some seeds inside and it’s killing me!!! Can’t wait!

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  130. Bethany Little on

    I’m looking forward to our very first big greenhouse!! I can’t wait to see how the seeding and growing of the babies goes!

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  131. rachel on

    Finally being warm again!

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  132. Molly Harman on

    I am looking forward to being settled in a permanent place (after many years of moving around), so I can finally launch my business and start a flower garden–two things I have wanted for a very long time.

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  133. fedorukville on

    Looking forward to starting my veggie and flower gardens. Can’t wait to have longer and brighter days.

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  134. LeAnne Anderson on

    I am so looking forward to whole days spent out side digging in the dirt and playing in the garden, not just until my fingers and toes are to cold to stand it and have to go in to warm up.

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  135. Michael Wells on

    Looking forward to our 3rd growing season for our farm, but also the opportunity to sell other local flower farms products with our first season of a Locally Grown (Eventually US Grown) Wholesale business…

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  136. Mackenzie on

    The beautiful pop of Forsythia when everything else is still brown and snowy. It gives you hope that warmth and green are on the way!!

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  137. Tiffany on

    I am feverishly anticipating the tulips this spring – they are my absolute favorite flower and they are here and gone way, way too fast!

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  138. Roxy on

    seeing and smelling my flowers!

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  139. Emily Nekl on

    Mornings while the kids are in preschool hauling compost from an old sheep farm, getting REALLY grubby in the garden, the smell of the air, the sound of the wind, insects and birds! Spring is by far my favorite time of year, but I love working under the lights right now starting 75% of what is going to get planted!!!

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  140. Nicole F. on

    This spring, I’m looking forward to picking out an indoor lemon tree! Bring on more flowers!

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  141. Michelle on

    I’m most excited to put in my sweet pea garden, build our new hoop house and to embark on year 2 as a flower farmer.

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  142. Kristie on

    The renewed hope that, again everything is going to be OK as the peepers come out of the ground to sing their fabulous song.

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  143. Annie on

    I look forward to plans and till the soil of my garden.

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  144. Leanne on

    I am most looking forward to the first fresh spinach, the first crocuses popping up, and all this ice going away!!!

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  145. Kristy on

    I am looking forward to seeing all the bulbs of new varieties I planted this winter come up, sunshine, and warm days!

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  146. Elissa on

    The arrival of spring is a magical awakening. Shades of
    green to die for, sweet fragrances abound, delicate blooming branches so perfectly formed. A new beginning.

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  147. Toni on

    In the spring, I love to walk around the wooded areas of our property and look for trillium. That is my sign that a great gardening season is on it’s way!

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  148. elizabeyta on

    flowers. more flowers this year. digging in the earth with a small boy.

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  149. Heidi Nawrocki on

    Warm weather and starting my first flower garden :-)

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  150. Tania Cubberly on

    I look forward to sitting with my kids and smelling the earth, remembering our snow, remembering the icicles and looking forward to watching the farm grow again!
    Thanks for this opportunity!

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  151. Nancy on

    I am really looking forward to gardening and making arrangements and eating fresh food from my yard and local farms. I have not ordered my sweet pea seeds yet and am hoping to plant a lot. I did last year with some success. I love your blog and the posts on sweet peas. They are fast becoming my favorite.

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  152. Ami Marie on

    I’m looking forward to emptying some seed packets into fresh soil and spoiling those little prettys until it is warm enough to transplant them into our coastal farm grounds!

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  153. Kathleen on

    I don’t know if I will ever experience what happend last year but I sure would welcome it. I was in the garden and I heard a loud rumbling coming from the sky and I looked up and saw the blue sky turn black. I must of been thousands of swallows migrating back, it was breath taking and something I will always remember and then I knew it was Spring.

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  154. Valorie on

    I’m looking forward to spring because it represents rebirth and renewal. I love being with Mother Nature. The sun, the earth, the grass, the trees, the flowers, the birds, the rain, the bees, the smells. Love it all. I’m a Virgo, an Earth sign, I love the Earth! <3

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  155. Lillian on

    Most looking forward to planting tons more flowers this spring – I canNOT wait!!

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  156. Marsha Swezey on

    Most looking forward to seeing how my efforts last fall have paid off. Will the bulbs be amazing? Will the peonies come up? Ranunculus – who knows. Cerinthe – been struggling. Can’t wait!

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  157. Melissa Brown on

    I’m most looking forward to the exciting new challenge of opening up a quarter acre of pasture being loaned to me, after utilizing urban backyards and parking strips for the last two years in Seattle! We just moved to Whidbey Island and this spring will be our first actually doing rural farming, and I couldn’t be more inspired and freaked out!
    xoxoxox!!!

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  158. Katie on

    I look forward to another summer closer to having our flower farm being able to support our family. And not be working for “the man” anymore! ;) <3

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  159. Cristin Geimer on

    I can’t wait for the tulips and warm weather, and no snow!!

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  160. Jennifer Zapadka on

    I am looking forward to the day when the Earth wakes up from its long Winter’s nap….the day where we see sprouts of green peeking through the dark,rich soil…we hear the return of birdsong, and longer days of warm, glowing sunlight.

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  161. Jennell on

    Looking forward to plowing up a 1/4 acre of our yard to start growing on, thanks to your advice we’re going for it!!! Gotta start somewhere!!

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  162. Chelsey on

    We are hoping and praying that everything aligns soon so we can start farming this year. I am looking very forward to the possibilities ahead.

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  163. Maria Capella on

    What I look forward each Spring is the first time I have my hands in the soil and you get the first whiff of earth…. nothing like it…I never tire of it…. be well

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  164. Sharon Canada on

    I’m looking forward to my first cutting garden. Had to move from a house with a garden I lovingly tended to an apartment. Difficult adjustment, but there are raised beds provided for the tenants, and I plan to transform mine into the most splendiferous cutting garden ever :-)

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  165. Jenny on

    Planting the garden of course!

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  166. Gina Spinks on

    My favorite sign of spring is waking up to the sound of twitterpated birds!

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  167. Ainsley on

    Color! Winters are so long and dreary that seeing green and color from spring blooms is a natural mood elevator!

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  168. Jen on

    I’m looking forward to a warm spring breeze and getting my hands in the dirt again.

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  169. Full Bloom Flower Farm on

    Having started my small flower farm in late April last year I am thrilled to have spring peas and bulbs this year. My favorite part of farming is the dance. Each species moves in a unique rhythm. Is there a name for plant movement? Sure they move in the wind, but they really start grooving once they are snipped and headed to the bucket. Cosmos swags its long stem and flower head, floss does the jazz hands, celosia almost head bangs, and false queen Ann’s lace looks like a Cambodian dancer’s hand. I look forward to learning the dance of spring blooms. :)

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  170. Martin on

    I’m most looking forward creating arrangements with all the gorgeous blossoms and spring flowers this spring! French tulips, witch hazel, chaenomeles, frittalaria are amongst my favorite to use this season. I love the way spring flowers still go their own way after you’ve arranged them…
    And the colours are so gorgeous and cheerful.
    Mother Nature sure knows how to cheer us up after a cold and miserable winter!

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  171. Sarah ("mooreplease" on IG) on

    Here in Southern CA, I’m really hoping for spring showers! I love rain anyway but we need it desperately. This will also be the first full winter/spring season for my 22 various David Austin rose bushes that we planted in the garden last year. Can’t wait to see that first spring flush of blooms!

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  172. Ann on

    Visiting grandma and our old haunts together.

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  173. Janel A on

    Looking forward to longer days, warmer weather, peonies and big beautiful blooms!

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  174. Kate Graham on

    I’m looking forward to daffodils, sweet peas, larkspur, poppies and Lenten Rose all doing their magic, perfume-y thing.

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  175. Karen on

    I’m looking forward to a better organized seeding schedule, which has been beefed up by re-reading your article on succession planning, Growing for Market March 2012 edition. Thanks for so much inspiration!

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  176. Francenia on

    I am looking forward to breaking ground on Creekside Flower Farm in Virginia. We looked for years for flat land in the mountains and finally found it! Thank you for sharing your knowledge about growing flowers.

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  177. Leslie Spang on

    The more sweet peas the merrier! Love giving them to everyone! They always get that googgly, lost in happiness look. hehe

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  178. Renita on

    I’m looking forward to trialing dahlias and sweet peas in our new hoop-di-do house to see if we can get blooms by May! :)

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  179. Shay on

    I am yearning for long days outdoors, working the soil and myself!

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  180. Nicole on

    I am most looking forward to new life budding as nature wakes up from it’s winter sleep.

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  181. Asha on

    I just started my own little cut rose garden full of 20 different heirloom varieties of roses, including some David Austin’s and it’s all I can bear waiting for the first bud this spring! And now you’ve got my mind reeling with excitement over how lovely sweet peas and roses would pair. Dying to try them out!

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  182. Jeanne Cummings on

    …to free my toes from their boot bondage in months of snow!!…and tiptoe through the ‘sweetpeas’ in my FLIPFLOPS!!…

    (this Southern girl does NOT belong in Minnesota)

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  183. mj on

    looking forward to the deep freeze letting go of its grip… coldest winter ever!

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  184. Margo Geddes on

    such lovely things to spy on this cold january morning!

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  185. Janell on

    I look forward to longer days, spring blooms and getting my hands dirty at the farm.

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  186. Norma on

    New growth that peeps out and makes my heart pound in anticipation of less gray and more color. It always amazes me that even on cold Spring days the new growth is hardy and willing to emerge.

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  187. Lisa on

    I am looking forward to long days in the sunny field with my family!

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  188. Shanti on

    After devoting myself full time to the farm for the last 10 years (and never getting to leave) I am looking forward to traveling in March – to do some flowers for a friends wedding in a Scotland and stopping to see the bulb gardens in Holland!!

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  189. Cathy Bartolic on

    Ontario, Canada is having a long, very cold winter this year. Really looking forward to no snow, warm days and the ASCFG workshop on March 3rd!!

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  190. Beth on

    I’m looking forward to getting my hands in the soil again and kicking butt for the 2014 farming season!

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  191. Caroline on

    In the short term, I’m excited to pull out my forced bulbs for some spring blooms inside!

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  192. Jeanne on

    Sunny days, lots of flowers, new beginnings.

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  193. Chandra Carr on

    New beginnings. None of my sweetpeas made it last year!!! Here’s to a better year :).

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  194. Val Schirmer on

    To see how my “trial” of forcing French tulips for early April and Cafe au Laits for May works out! Oooo-wee!

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  195. Wendy on

    I’m looking forward to the sun on my shoulders, a warm breeze on my face, and the songs of the birds in my ears.

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  196. Laurie on

    I love digging in the dirt! I also can’t wait to smell the glorious fragrance of the sweet peas. In the book, The Language of Flowers, it says that the meaning for sweet peas is “delicate pleasures”…perfect!

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  197. Angela on

    I can’t wait to see the miracle of seeds popping up from the cool spring earth again this year

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  198. Stacy on

    Thanks for the chance, I’m going to check them out!! Sweet peas do fabulous in my garden so I’m excited to try new ones this year. I’m most looking forward to our new foal to arrive,my mare is due the end of April!!

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  199. Kelly on

    I’m looking forward to starting my own vegetable and flower farm!

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  200. Kim U. on

    Cleaning the flower beds from the winter, hanging clothes on the line, making new raised beds, the endless possibilities of new growth.

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  201. Kristi on

    I’m looking forward to making my new gardens! We just bought a small farm – and there is so much to do to revitalize it! Sweet Peas are #1 on my list to put around my garden fence! I’m so inspired by you!

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  202. Erin on

    I love spring! The sweet smell of lilacs, bright green grass, birds singing, warm breezes, flowers popping up, working in the garden. Its such a lovely time.

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  203. Amelia on

    I’m looking forward to this winter being over since it’s been so brutal and to revamping my flower beds after the damage caused by the roofers, gutter men and painters. I am hoping it’s not as bad as it looked.

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  204. sonrie on

    Seeing the first crocuses up, planting spinach, and doing some digging and hand turning.

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  205. Kelly E. on

    I’m looking forward to COLOR! I miss blue skies, green grass, and the gorgeous pops of color from flowers. The warmer weather will be welcomed, too. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  206. Sarah on

    I am looking forward to giving farming and selling at market another go, with a lot more flowers added to the mix!

    Does this count for Canadians?

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  207. redbrickbuilding on

    I’m looking forward to watching my young garden wake up and the new plants I added last fall fill out.

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  208. Marnie on

    Its Autumn coming up here in Australia and I’m looking forward to cooler weather and gardening with my two beautiful children and gardener extraordinaire husband… its a real family affair!

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  209. katherine on

    I am looking forward to SUNSHINE, warmth, and that bright new green that pops up everywhere!

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  210. Melissa on

    I’m looking forward to more editions of your wonderful blog in which you generously share so much information.

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  211. Tracy on

    Walking through the garden, barefoot, with my 5 year old little apprentice.

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  212. Liz Woodbury on

    The feeling of warm sidewalk/dirt/brick/sand under my bare feet.

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  213. Jonathan Leiss on

    I’m looking forward to our 1st full season flower farming and watching our overwintered plants bloom.

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  214. Lisa K on

    The vibrancy of colours, the first smells of blossom, the chirps of birds again … this is the excitement of Spring!

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  215. Cristen on

    This Spring I’m looking forward to finally planting my first cut flower garden. It has been something I’ve wanted to do for years, but haven’t due to various reasons. I want the bee to have a buffet. The birds and butterflies too.

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  216. Lindsey on

    Looking forward to adding the most delicious compost to my beds and experimenting with seeds varieties!!

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  217. Mya Murphy on

    I’m looking forward to the smell of freshly cut grass, the green everywhere..it’s my favorite time of year!!

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  218. missy sands on

    I love to be outdoors, I cant wait to start camping on riding the 4 wheeler

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  219. emma on

    Not sure if the giveaway includes international but here in Australia I am looking forward to planting a few more sweet pea varieties in Autumn… will have to see if they ship worldwide!

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  220. Ti on

    Looking forward to sooo much~
    the fresh new life springing forward and adding color and scents…
    the chance to build the gardens…
    to enjoy the beauties outdoors…..

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway … am looking forward to growing sweet peas this year too! ; )

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  221. Yara on

    Looking forward to watching my sweet 18 month old dig in the garden to her hearts content.

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  222. Renee G on

    I am most looking forward to longer days and planting our garden.

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  223. Trish on

    I am looking forward to the freshness in the air and planting plants and flowers for veggies, to have pretty flowers and for the hummingbirds. :-)

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  224. Nola on

    Looking forward to putting up hoop houses on a windy property, and hope hope hoping they stay up, don’t shred, snap, rip, rend, or otherwise unhoop. And then growing a whole world full of plants in them.

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  225. Celia Taylor on

    I’m looking forward to getting my hands on local flowers to create beautiful and unique arrangements.

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  226. Jordyn on

    I’m looking forward to getting the garden back in shape!

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  227. Tonya LeMone on

    I not only look forward to the first day of spring but here in Utah I look forward to the first spring day, a day when I can open the windows wide and invite spring in. A day when the smells have changed and there is a freshness similar to fresh linens just brought in off the line. A day that I can turn the soil and have dirt under my fingernails again. A day I can remember.

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  228. Kathy on

    This is our spring right now. I live in Arizona. We are averaging 70 Degrees everyday and 40 degrees at night. It is heaven. And that is what I look forward to, blue skys, sunshine and gentle breezes. thanks, kathy

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  229. Frank on

    I’m looking forward to shorts and being in the garden!

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  230. Terry on

    Looking forward to warm,sunny days and hopefully less mud! And sweet peas – actually have taken the plunge after reading your blog.

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  231. Caitlin on

    This spring I’m looking forward to seeing our backyard for the first time in our new house!

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  232. webb on

    Can’t wait for sunny mornings in the garden anf thee first spring bulbs peeking out of the ground! Heaven!

    Hadn’t plannedto tackle sweet peas for two more years, but if i win … i’ll make it happen.

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  233. Michelle on

    Here in Sonoma, California I am hoping to look forward to rain! The garden may have to take a pass this year as we’ve had no real rain, but I’m still dreaming of all the lovely blooms, veggies, and fruits that hopefully will come. Thank you so much for this series of posts about sweet peas, I’m so inspired by your tips and photos!

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  234. Corina on

    I’m looking forward to baby goats being born!

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  235. Linda on

    I am looking forward to enjoying being outside again. It’s not fun out there right now.

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  236. Sierra on

    The sweet peas that’ll grow in the beds I prepped this weekend thanks to your blog info! (Oh yes, and spring showers in Ca.)

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    • Julia on

      most excited for showers (real human showers: we use a solar shower so it’s been a cold long winter…)!

  237. Elizabeth on

    Snow being gone, green grass, green leaves, bright flowers, windows open, soft breezes and bike riding… Love your flowers! elizabeth from frozen Idaho

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  238. Shelley on

    I’m so excited to learn what Spring is like here in NE Texas. This will be our first Spring here. I’m open to learning and growing along with the plants and flowers and all that this area has to offer.

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  239. Sarah on

    Warm days and helping my mom build her hoop houses so she can also grow beautiful flowers <3

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  240. Saundra on

    I’m looking forward to filling mason jars of flowers and gracing my home with that simple elegance.

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  241. Laura F. on

    i’m looking forward to trying more flower varieties in my garden! thank you for all your tips!

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  242. Julie Helmi on

    I look forward to warmer weather and trees being in bloom.

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    • Sue Joyce on

      Wow, I just love sweet peas and have planted them and they sprouted but I never got flowers. I am excited for spring to begin so I can plant these beautiful spring beauties. I have memories as a child, sitting on our back steps and pink sweetpeas growing there in between the brick and the cement stairs.

    • Carla Housley on

      I am so excited to be waiting for my first Sweet Peas, Heather Gray, ordered from you to begin sprouting. They are sitting here on my kitchen table. Beds have been prepared and all is well. Come on little seeds!!!!!

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