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

Floret’s favorites: Tulips

This week on the blog, I’m launching a little three-part blog series focused on some of my favorite bulbs to plant in the fall. Yesterday’s post focused on my favorite narcissus varieties and three lucky readers won a collection of my favorite bulbs: Jason B., Linda Q. and Jessica Powers. Today, I’m tackling another big ticket item in my fall bulb ordering extravaganza: Tulips. Like narcissus, I try to grow flower varieties that you can’t get just anywhere.  This is particularly important given the fact that our farm is surrounded by plantation-sized tulip farms that mass-produce inexpensive common tulips.  Even though Floret is a tiny fish in a big sea of flowers in the Skagit Valley, we’re able to compete–and get better prices–because we grow tulips that are totally different than the kind available in the mass market. Standard tulip shapes are boring, at least for me.  I’m much more drawn to the […]

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Floret’s favorites: Narcissus

Everywhere I look there are signs that the seasons are changing. The once abundant fields and overgrown roadsides are now tattered and tinged with golden and copper tones. And even though we’ve only just started shooting the fall chapter of the Floret book, it’s clear that fall is in full swing all around. The days are getting shorter, yet my to-do list continues to grow longer. One of the biggest items on that to-do list is planting all of the spring flowering bulbs that will be arriving in the next couple of weeks. I get asked all the time what varieties I’m planting and what some of my favorite flowers are, so today I’m launching a little three-part blog series dedicated to some of my all-time favorite fall-planted, spring flowering bulbs. In this installment, I’m sharing details on my favorite daffodils/narcissus varieties.  Tomorrow I’ll dig into the best of the best tulips that I’ve found […]

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This week on the farm

Whenever I image the growing year, I picture spring being our busiest season; summer our most exhausting and fall, as this gentle slide towards the finish line. For some funny reason I have it all worked out in my head that once we pass the autumn equinox, its smooth sailing to winter. But as fall arrives I abruptly realize how badly my mind has been playing tricks on me. Maybe it’s some sort of coping mechanism, to keep my head in the game, or maybe I just don’t want to admit that fall is when some extra effort is needed more than ever. Whatever the case, autumn here on our little farm is always a busy time full of cleaning up, looking ahead and preparing for the next season to come. As a flower grower I often feel like I live with one foot in the present and the other […]

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Seasonal Flower Alliance: September 28

A week or more ago, I had tucked a few buckets of treasures away in the cooler with every intention of making something special out of them. But workshop prep, writing deadlines and meetings took center stage. I was finally able to take a little time away from the hustle and make this beauty. Bouquet includes: dahlias, garden roses, amaranth, digitalis, nicotianna, stock, clematis and varigated geranium. Here are a few fun submissions that caught my attention on Instagram last week: Sometimes simple things say more. #seasonalfloweralliance #stylingtheseasons A photo posted by 4 Blooms and a Bee (@4bloomsandabee) on Sep 22, 2015 at 8:17pm PDT Just found this great old honey tin and put together a little something for Nelson's Cottonwood fall fair tomorrow! #seasonalfloweralliance #farmerflorist #flowerfarm A photo posted by Sarah and Carl Kistner (@stone_meadow_flowers) on Sep 25, 2015 at 4:22pm PDT Someone doesn't have enough attention 😒🍁🍂💜🐶😍 #autumn #flowers #family #garden […]

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Seasonal Flower Alliance: September 14

For this week’s Seasonal Flower Alliance post, I’m sharing a simple armload of these incredible ‘Apple Blossom’ Dahlias.  These cuties have soft creamy buttery yellow as a beautiful backdrop to the soft touches of peachy pinks that are seemingly painted onto the petals and the ruffly colarette surrounding the center.   ‘Apple Blossom’ is one of the first dahlia varieties I planted in my garden, and even many years later it still makes my list of favorites. For this week’s Seasonal Flower Alliance featured posts, I am highlighting submissions from around the world.  Check out these gorgeous flowers and photos from Australia, Great Britain, Belgium, and Canada.  I just love seeing the similarities–and stark contrasts–to what is in season across the globe. Chocolatey purple hellebores. I want to grow a whole field of them so that anyone passing by can pull over and walk away with armfuls of these beauties. A photo posted by Annabelle Hickson (@the_dailys) […]

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Seasonal Flower Alliance: September 7

Floret Workshop

I know it is kinda sorta cheating, but I wanted to share another photo (or two) of the recent Floret design workshop for this week’s Seasonal Flower Alliance post.  This dreamy tablescape was just too beautiful to confine to just one week!  The compotes that line the center of the table were loaded with dahlias, lisianthus, scabiosa-flowered zinnias, autumn blooming clematis, fruiting branches and other seasonal goodies that the workshop participants harvested from our farm.  What a fantastic way to close out another fun three-day designing event. I’ve been scrolling through the latest batch of Seasonal Floral Alliance posts over on Instagram.  With more than 10,000 photos now hashtagged, it is a veritable feast for the flower-lover’s eyes!  Each week I like to scan the posts looking for patterns.  It’s amazing how many appear totally organically.  Sometimes the submissions are dominated by particular flowers, like dahlias. Other times it is a particular color, like the berry tones a few weeks back or […]

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