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

The skinny on soil blockers

One of my favorite distractions when I’m faced with writers block is to peruse the pages of a few of my favorite blogs. There are a handful of blogs that I’ve bookmarked and turn to time after time for their beautiful photos, compelling story telling and fascinating topics and subject matter.  One of my all time favorite blogs is Wayward Spark, authored by Camille Storch, a writer, runner, beekeeper and canner who shares stories of her family’s modest but joyful life in a tiny house in rural Western Oregon.  If you don’t already follow Camille, then you’re in for a real treat! I often find myself clicking over to Wayward Spark (the Instagram feed is equally addicting!) for a dose of inspiration and thought it would be fun to invite Camille over here to share a little guest post on using soil blockers.  We’re just starting our soil block journey here at Floret, and it has definitely been a learning process […]

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This Week on the Farm: Week 13

Abundance is all around. Everywhere I turn there are flowers budding and waiting to be picked. Chris and I have been in a dead run trying to keep up. In addition to harvesting non stop we’re trying to wrap up a couple of big construction projects, revamping the flower studio and building a equipment shed. I had hoped to be able to unveil both today but as construction goes, they are way behind schedule. Next week hopefully. The first dahlias went into the hoop house. I prefer to grow the dinner plate varieties undercover because we get much earlier blooms and the flower quality is so much nicer when they aren’t being battered by the weather. I spotted the first little sprout emerging from the soil this morning! My goal is to have them flowering in time for wedding season, which starts in early June. We’ve received numerous questions about […]

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Announcing the 2015 Seasonal Flower Alliance

It’s finally official:  It’s SPRING! To me, it feels like the calendar is just now catching up to the type of weather we have been experiencing for a while now here on the farm.  As I shared with Floret e-newsletter subscribers earlier this week (if you aren’t on the list, be sure you’re signed up!) we had an incredibly mild winter here in the Skagit Valley and the sights and smells of spring are everywhere. Around town, magnolia and cherry trees are blooming their heads off. On the farm, the daffodils are unfurling, and we’re already harvesting armloads of anemones and papery poppies.  Meanwhile, we’ve got five greenhouses full of ranunculus that are getting ready to explode into color.  Spring has definitely sprung here at Floret! The spring equinox has long been celebrated as a time of renewal and new beginnings, which I thought would be the perfect time to announce the start of a new year of the Seasonal […]

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WINNERS:  The Flower Farmer’s Year

A big thank you to everyone who entered the drawing for a copy of this fantastic book. I loved hearing all of your favorite books and have added a few new ones to my wish list. Our three lucky winners are: Cindy Creps, Diana Westcott and Cindy Curtis. Congrats ladies! You can pick up a copy of this fantastic book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers.

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The {Farmer} and the Florist Interview: Fivefork Farms

I’ve slowed down the production schedule of The Farmer and the {Florist} series to focus on other projects of late. So, although I won’t be posting as many interviews in the coming months, every once in a while I plan to profile a few of the fascinating figures that are helping to define and shape the seasonal flower movement. Today I’m delighted to introduce one of those emerging leaders: Fivefork Farms. I first stumbled across their Instagram feed @fiveforkfarms a year or more ago and have been hooked ever since. The photos they post are phenomenal and their story is equally as fascinating: Fivefork Farms is a flower farm collaboration of the five Lam siblings, ages 28 to 35. Located on 38 acres in Upton, Massachusetts, the Lams farm the same land previously occupied by four generations of the Eli Whitney family. I asked the fine folks at Fivefork Farms […]

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Book Review & Giveaway:  The Flower Farmer’s Year by Georgie Newbery

The last few months I’ve been fully immersed in writing my first book.  The office is scattered with mud streaked notebooks, half empty coffee cups and piles of dog-eared reference texts.  The writing process has been a pretty tough, and at times I feel like I’m a million miles from where I want to be. Every author I’ve talked to says this is how the process goes though and it’s worth the pain.  Two weeks ago, during a particularly rough patch with my first deadline looming, the mail lady showed up with a copy of the new book, The Flower Farmer’s Year. I took it as a sign and closed down my computer and curled up on the couch for a much need break and read it cover to cover. Authored by UK-based writer and flower farmer Georgie Newbery of Common Farm (@CommonFarmFlowers on Instagram) The Flower Farmer’s Year:  How to grow cut flowers for pleasure and […]

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