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June 21st 2014

The Seasonal Flower Alliance {June 19}

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This year’s sweet pea crop is by far the best to date and it’s all we can do to keep up with the massive task of harvesting. Never did I think I’d groan at the thought of picking these little darlings but when we hit 330 bunches on Thursday morning, we were all groaning a little.

While a pleasure to harvest (you actually get to stand straight up vs. stooping over all day), sweet peas are a super slow pick. The tendrils and vines get all tangly, the flowers hide amongst the foliage and if you feed them too much compost *ahem*…. they grow 8ft. tall and you have to stand on a bucket to reach them.

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Ok, now I sound like I’m whining. I don’t mean for it to sound like that. I know people who would kill for the experience. And the scent in the warm greenhouse, the morning light filtering through the bright green foliage and the hummingbirds zooming in-between the trellises watching us work. It’s pretty unreal! It’s just that I love to go fast at whatever I’m doing, and sweet peas make me have to slow down. But gosh, what a wonderful thing to slow down for.

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For this week’s Seasonal Flower Alliance installment, it seems only fitting to let the sweet peas reign. There are stems from every single variety we’re growing tucked into these vases. I tried my best to create an ombre with the rainbow of flowers at hand. Oh, the smell! If only it could be shared through the screen.

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If you can make the time, I’d sure love to see what’s blooming in your corner of the world this week. It can be a single rose blossom, a handful of wildflowers or a big old fancy bouquet. It doesn’t matter. The point is just to take a few minutes, explore nature and create.

If you’d like to join in the fun, simply make up a bouquet using local flowers, snap a photo, post it somewhere on the internet and then leave a link to it in the comments section below. If you’re on Instagram, you can use/search the hashtag #seasonalfloweralliance for even more flowery goodness.

9 Comments

  1. Mrs. Livings on

    Erin,

    Your sweet peas in all those varieties and shades are just so lovely. And how lovely too to have the hummingbirds about. I was once holding a bouquet of flowers I had just cut from the garden, and a hummingbird flew up and drank from one of them. It was so special.

    Belatedly, from my neck of the woods is love in a mist arranged in little glass jars:

    http://www.thesimplelivings.com/journal/2014/5/14/love-in-a-mist-from-the-garden

    And even more belatedly, is my bouquet with forget-me-nots and lilac, which made my house smell just heavenly:
    http://www.thesimplelivings.com/journal/2014/5/2/lilac-and-forgetmenot

    And as a flower farmer yourself, I thought you might enjoy seeing photos of a flower farm near where I live that I had the great fortune to visit and soak in all the beauty at – there were lots of birds and dragonflies flying about too. It was lovely:
    http://www.thesimplelivings.com/journal/2013/8/17/at-the-flower-farm

    Take care and have a wonderful week!

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  2. Jean S on

    I just picked some sweet peas this morning, down here in Oregon. I don’t grow them every year–silly me!

    The crocosima are about to start blooming–that will bring the hummingbirds by, for sure….

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  3. kim Smith on

    those sweet peas look amazing, I only hope mine do that well.. my garden is starting to bloom!! love your new sight!

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  4. sas on

    Erin-
    The new website looks amazing!!! So easy to navigate and find past posts. I love it!

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  5. George on

    Love the new look of floret!

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  6. Lisa on

    Oh how I wish I could be there. I also wish I had time this week to properly photography my simple bouquet of sweet peas. The best I could do was a simple instagram photo.

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  7. Mel on

    The thought of 330 bunches of sweet peas makes me go weak at the knees let alone hummingbirds watching me work. We don’t get them here in the UK, well I’ve never seen one anyway. I love the ombre. Waiting for mine to flower. While I wait I made this little arrangement.

    http://mysilverymoon.com/?p=7184

    Thanks Erin for sharing.

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