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"More than anything, I must have flowers always, always" Claude Monet

The Trials of a Sweet Pea Addict

The sweet pea trial is in full swing here on the farm. I went hog wild with my seed ordering and am growing over 100 different varieties this season.  As part of the trial, I’m carefully observing and documenting what I love about each one and winnowing down the list of cultivars that will make the cut and be invited back onto the Floret farm next year.  I confess I’m a pretty tough critic:  I want abundant producing plants with long stems and unique color qualities.  Not all of the sweet peas make the grade, but there are a few that I’m already super excited, plus a couple more that are true showstoppers. I’ll be sharing more of my results later this year. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few sneak peeks into my sweet pea patch.  We’ve got an entire hoophouse dedicated to early sweet peas in addition to seven rows out […]

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This Week On The Farm: Week 23

We are swimming in flowers. With record heat and no rain in sight, the field has burst into full rolling bloom almost overnight. Things that typically come on much slower have come and almost gone already. It feels and is starting to look like August and we’re only at the tailed of June. Geeze. The snapdragons have exploded, produced a bumper crop and we’ll likely be picking the last of them by the weekend. Sweet peas which can normally stretch until mid-late July are already starting to get short stems due to the relentless heat. It’s a strange year and we’re all just along for the ride. It’s pointless to fight it. All we can do is water round the clock and hope for the best. But, we’ve been out shooting before sunrise and until dark most days, trying to capture every last drop for both the book and a […]

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Seasonal Flower Alliance: June 26

The Seasonal Flower Alliance recently rolled over the 6,000th submission on Instagram– a huge shout out to all of you who have been actively snipping flowers and snapping photos!  I just love scrolling my feed to see what is in bloom in your gardens and fields each week. We’ve been so busy harvesting and documenting the abundance in the flower field this week that I actually forgot to make a bouquet, so these stunning Camelot Cream Digitalis will have to do for now. Here are a few fun submissions from the last few days that caught my eye—perhaps because they all feature such interesting and pretty vases.  Check them out: Gathered from t'garden #smallcornerofyorkshire #roses #Astrantia #seasonalfloweralliance A photo posted by Sarah Statham (@simplybyarrangement) on Jun 21, 2015 at 1:35pm PDT Got too weird, compiled a huge disaster, tore it apart and then used everything to make 3 wee ones. Back to core: 1. Consult garden for […]

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Gratitude

I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of you who recently took the time to complete my little Floret survey. Your feedback and the ideas you shared were insightful, thoughtful and invaluable and I really can’t thank you enough. Seriously, the love and kindness in your words came at the just the right time for me, personally as I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed with everything–the endless harvesting and weeding in the fields, a few rough patches of writers block while working on the book, an overloaded email in-box, the endless to-do lists around the house and office, and so on. With so many ideas for the future swirling around my head, I started to lose focus. Sensing that things were going downhill, I forced myself to step back, take a short breather and reach out for some help.  I’m so very thankful I did. After some much needed quiet […]

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The Farmer and the {Florist} Interview: Flower House

For the latest installment of the Farmer and the {Florist} interview series, I’ve invited Lisa Waud, the floral designer and brainchild behind the Flower House project in Detroit to tell us more about this incredibly cool endeavor. If you haven’t yet heard about Flower House, then I invite you to pull up a chair (because you definitely need to be sitting down) and check out this little video clip.  It is hauntingly beautiful, poetic, nostalgic, and without spoiling it any more, you just have to see it: Erin: First off, Lisa, can I just say:  Wow!  What a stunning video and what an innovative and fascinating, phenomenal project: creating a totally unique living floral art installation in an abandoned house as it’s last “hurrah” before having it deconstructed and repurposed and then converting the plot into an urban flower farm.  Wow! There are so many interesting angles and elements to Flower House.  I love how it […]

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Wedding Flower Emergency Kit

We are entering the heart of wedding season–one of my favorite times of the year. I absolutely love the creative process of weaving our farm-fresh, seasonal blooms into lush, ultra-romantic bridal bouquets, altar arches, and centerpieces.  Having the ability to roam our garden and flower fields to choose the very best of what is in bloom to incorporate into someone’s wedding celebration is so rewarding…it’s an honor, really. I manage to stay cool, calm and collected throughout the process—from the early planning meetings with the brides  and throughout the long days of designing.  But my nerves can start to crack right about the time I’m ready to deliver all the flowers.  I want every flower to arrive perfectly and my imagination can start to wild with “what if” worries about tripping up the stairs with a centerpiece, smooshing a boutonniere, etc.  While none of these things have ever happened, I always come prepared […]

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