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

Seasonal Flower Alliance: Week 20

As I shared earlier in the week, I spent two incredible days with the insanely talented Amy Merrick and Siri Thorson clipping and creating together here at Floret and at Northfield Farms, an extra special little place that I affectionately call “peony paradise.”  Watching these two masters at work was a dream.  It truly is hard to put into words the breathtaking beauty that they create so effortlessly. For this week’s Seasonal Flower Alliance post, I’m sharing some shots of the magical designs created during our time together.  Are you ready for this?  Hang on to your hats, folks, this is some seriously delicious stuff… Amy’s footed compote masterpiece includes ranunculus, peonies, autumn ferns, sweet peas, bearded iris, plum foliage, roses, brodea and Icelandic poppies. Siri’s handheld bouquet, below, features peonies, sweet peas, Icelandic poppies, wild roses and akebia vine. Meanwhile, I went for the biggest, baddest peonies I could find and paired them with the very last of […]

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The Farmer and the {Florist} Interview: La Musa de las Flores

In follow up to my recent interview with Green and Gorgeous as part of the Farmer and the {Florist} interview series, I want to profile another leader and rising star of the seasonal flower movement internationally.  This week I’ve invited Gabriela Salazar to join me to share more about La Musa de las Flores, her floral and event and design business based in Mexico City. Gabriela’s education and experience in art, interiors and photography, spans across two continents. Before launching her floral design business, Gabriela previously worked in real estate and interior design in Mexico City and later moved to London where she studied architectural interiors at the Inchbald School of Design while also working with contemporary artists.  Over the last couple of years, Gabriela has trained with and worked alongside some of the very best in the floral design industry. Last fall I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at […]

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Special Dahlia Giveaway

A few weeks ago, we finalized the first massive shipment of dahlia tubers from the Floret Shop. It was all hands on deck to divide, label, wrap and ship out the hundreds of boxes filled with “future flowers.” It was a big effort, but it warms my heart to know that so many dahlias from our little flower farm  will have new homes in gardens and flower fields across the country. Now that we’ve tucked all 4,000 of our dahlia tubers into our fields for the season, we’re left with a small mountain of extra tubers that I’d love to share with a few flower nuts.  I’ve got 10 boxes with a collection of five of my very most favorite varieties ready to go in the mail. If you want a chance to win one of these collections, simply add a comment below. In your comment, I’d love to know your level of dahlia love.  Which […]

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Oregon Flower Tour

After our marathon month we were ready for a little down time with the kids. The only way we can seem to get a real break from working is to actually physically leave our property. Otherwise something always comes up and we get sucked back into the farm drama trap. Portland is a beautiful city, just four hours south of our place and it seemed like the perfect quick weekend getaway spot to recharge our depleted batteries. I guess I’m in the right line of work because even on vacation, all I want to do is see, feel, photograph and talk about flowers. I made sure to book hotel rooms with big pools and room service so that the kids could goof off and relax while I tromped through a few flower fields. Just outside of the city is my favorite rose grower, Peterkort Roses. I’ve been longing to pay […]

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This Week on the Farm: Week 20

After the brisk clip of last month, the past two weeks have been a relaxing change. We said farewell to the ranunculus and got busy flipping the hoop houses over for the next batch of plants. Lisianthus, celosia and lots of other summer favorites including ornamental basil, ornamental peppers, eggplant, currant tomatoes, gomphrena and coleus will be planted in the coming week. Here in cool Washington anything heat loving does best under cover. Below is our four step process: clear the beds of plant debris, put down a thick layer of compost and fertilizer, till and lay drip lines and then cover it all with pre-burned landscape fabric. A lot of other things happened as well last week but they pale in comparison to the surprise visit we had from Amy Merrick and Siri Thorson. The last time the three of us were together was a year and a half […]

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Sharing the Seasonal Flower Alliance Love

Well, I’m a teeny tiny bit behind on my Seasonal Flower Alliance posts here on the blog. With a million balls in the air all at the same time, this wonderful project got temporarily sidelined. While my posts here on the blog have been less abundant than I had planned, over on Instagram I’ve been pretty consistent in posting and tagging photos of seasonal blooms from my spring garden. A huge THANK YOU to all of you who have been playing along these last few weeks on Instagram. I absolutely love seeing all of the flowery beauty that you are harvesting, designing, sharing and tagging with #seasonalfloweralliance  —it is such a treat to scroll through and see what’s blooming in your part of the world!  Despite hundreds–even thousands–of miles separating many of us, it is fun to see both the striking similarities of what’s in blooms, as well as the dramatic differences in climate, season and style in your area. This week’s bouquet […]

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