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

This Week On The Farm: Week 5

It has been a quiet week. Eerily quiet. No wind, or rain, just stillness. I notice myself making drama just to have a distraction from the silence. All season I longed for this time of quiet. Now that it’s here I’m not quite sure what to do with myself. It’s not that there isn’t plenty to do. I have a book to write, many plans to finalize, a million details to pull together. But it’s quiet work. Solitary work. And I’m finding myself looking for distractions. All of the hoop houses are now weeded. The ranunculus and poppies have recieved their first foliar dose of compost tea. The plants are all steadily filling in and greening up. I wonder if winter will ever arrive here in Washington. Only time will tell. The tulips have been steadily been blooming away in the heated greenhouse. We’ve screwed up more than we’ve succeeded […]

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My favorite new flower variety…which I’m giving away!

Congrats to the four winners of yesterday’s sweet pea collection giveaway: Christina Ariel, Karyn R, Julia of Fairview Farm and Jennifer Bingham! If you follow along on Instagram, you may remember a period of time last summer when I went a bit crazy sharing photos of a little flower that stole my heart:  the scabiosa-flowered zinnia.  This little darling was such a joy to discover and I had so much fun designing with them AND decapitating them to create seas of ombre blooms to photograph. I love the frilly, frosting-like texture of this particular zinnia.  Some people have described them as looking more like a gerber daisy than a zinnia, much less a scabiosa.  I think these extra frills make them a tad bit more sophisticated and feminine than a standard zinnia, and I love tucking a few into wedding designs where a regular ole’ zinnia would not have worked. Zinnias, in general, are one of the easiest flowers to grow and they are the perfect flower […]

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Confessions of a sweet pea addict (plus a sweet giveaway!)

Well, it’s that time of year again. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Perhaps you’re having a similar experience? The blur of the holidays is over and you’re starting to feel a bit stir crazy being cooped up, with those massive stacks of seed catalogs sitting there tempting you.  I’ll tell ya, those catalogs sure are tempting me! They’re egging me on to try just a few more colors of godetia, just a couple more varieties of stock and butterfly snapdragons. Do you know how many beautiful butterfly snapdragon varieties there are? All 17 are just calling from the pages of the catalogs for me to put on another trial.  And don’t even get me started on the bi-colors and novelty types. I get all fidgety and anxious just thinking about how many varieties I’ve never met. But it is the sweet pea selection that gets me the most. EVERY. DANG. TIME.  I simply can’t help myself […]

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This Week on the farm: week 4

The past week was rough. What started out as a focused and powerful stretch of days ended in an overwhelming blur of a weekend that left me frazzled and discouraged. I was literally juggling seven separate notebooks filled with to-do’s, orders, notes, ideas and deadlines. I totally lost my stride. And I hate when that happens. Thank goodness I got to step out of the madness to get a day with Susanne from The Blue Carrot. She was in Canada, all the way from Cornwall, England and took the train down to visit. I’ve been a massive fan of her work for years and to finally meet in person, well, it was a pretty special treat. Since we’re out in the country, finding a good selection of flowers in the winter can be tricky. All of the wholesalers are down in the city, so I had to order blindly from […]

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The Farmer and the Florist Interview: Debra Prinzing

For the latest installment of the Farmer and the {Florist}, I’m delighted to welcome Debra Prinzing. For many of you, Debra needs no introduction. One or more of her ten books such as Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers (St. Lynn’s Press, 2012) are likely already on your bookshelf. You may have also noted her by-line in articles in the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Country Gardens, Garden Design, Metropolitan Home, Sunset, and Better Homes & Gardens among others. Her most recently published article for Gray magazine featured Floret’s Floral Design Workshop with Amy Merrick. Debra is the face and the force behind the “Slow Flower” movement, which focuses on promoting U.S.-grown flowers to conscientious consumers. Earlier this year she launched the SlowFlowers.com website which includes a searchable […]

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Giveaway Winners Announced + Scholarship Application Reminder

A huge thanks to everyone who shared their winter reading lists in the comment section of yesterday’s blog post.  I absolutely adored learning what fellow flower lovers around the world are reading. The three winners of a copy of Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers are: Martha Reed, Brianne Emhiser and Tamara Shevlin. Congratulations! My own reading list definitely got a little longer after reading your submissions (And I confess I’m tad bit jealous of folks in the UK who have access to The Flower Farmers Year by Georgie Newbery, as it doesn’t seem to be available in the U.S. till later this year).  But, as much as I would love to curl up and dig into some of those great titles next week, I know will be busy reading Floret workshop scholarship applications! As a reminder, the deadline to apply for a scholarship to attend one of our late season workshops is Saturday January 17 at 12 noon Pacific […]

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