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May 18th 2019

#AYearInFlowers Week 20

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The garden is at that funny in between time right now. The last of the bulb flowers are gone, the fruit trees have bloomed and I’m still waiting on the biennials I planted a little late last fall to arrive (foxgloves, Canterbury bells, sweet Williams) so there’s not much to pick.

Iceland Poppies in spring at FloretThese Iceland poppies are a mix we’ve been working on for the past two years, removing all of the bright colors and only keeping the softest pastels shades including the most exquisite buttercream. If all goes well we will hopefully have enough seed to offer this autumn!

I thought I’d keep my post simple this week and just share what I picked for the windowsill above our kitchen sink.

How to participate in #AYearInFlowers

1) Capture.

Take a photo of flowers that are in season in your area, whether it is a fistful of flowers from your backyard or a bouquet from your local farmers market.

2) Post.

On Instagram, upload your photo and tag it with #AYearInFlowers.

On Facebook, upload your photo as a comment under my weekly post.

3) Share.

In your photo caption, please share what flowers are featured (if you know them) along with your location and date. Bonus points for listing your USDA hardiness zone and week number (i.e. #week20flowers)

Here are a few submissions posted over the past week:

Floret Flowers

“All the lilacs! These beauties come from 80 year old shrubs and 2 story high trees that the original homesteaders planted. Kettle Falls, WA” By Courtney Smoke

“I am growing these in crates in our greenhouse, Canterbury bells, stocks, snaps and sunflowers, also have ranunculus and anemones, tulips just starting to bloom and daffodils: located in the foothills of Western Maine, temps have been below average 30’s at night and 40’s daytime.” By Robin Jordan


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The cosmos and zinnias are working overtime ?

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One of our seasonal, sustainably-grown, intensely scented bouquets containing 100% flowers and foliage from our flower farm just before it headed out this morning to a lady who loves real Irish flowers every bit as much as we do. It deliberately breaks all the supposed colour rules (pink with red?, yellow with pink) but yet I love it, reminding me that rules are there to be broken. Following a recent post where I spoke of the dangers of buying faux-seasonal, faux-wildflowers from unscrupulous Irish florists who are knowingly misleading their customers by selling imported, chemically-treated flowers, many of you have suggested giving a list of what’s in season. While that differs from day to day (truly it does), this particular bouquet contains the very last of our tulips, ranunculus, alliums, knautia, aquilegia, verbascum, seeded hellebores, the gloriously scented double poet’s narcissus (what a perfume), cerinthe, viburnum, birch and red currant #flowersfromtheirishflowerfarmer #seasonalirishcutflowers #realflowers #sustainableirishcutflowers #momentsintime #maybouquetfromtheirishflowerfarmer #ayearinflowers #week20 #breakingtherules #underthefloralspell #dsfloral #truthfulflowers #grownnotflown #fightingclimatechange

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My fave home grown bouquet yet!! Madame butterfly snaps from #floretseeds and my new fave, Queen Anne’s lace ❤️❤️❤️ #ayearinflowers

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A Note about week numbers: week numbers are commonly used in the floriculture industry and are standardized across the years. Even though we’ve been doing #AYearInFlowers posts for a few weeks now, this is the 20th week of the year.

By using the #week20flowers hashtag on Instagram, you can sort photos by what’s in bloom this week all around the world. In addition, week numbers allow you to compare what’s blooming in your own garden from year to year.

Early next week, I’ll be posting my week 21 flowers to social media. If you’re participating on Instagram, please add the #week21flowers and#AYearInFlowers hashtags to your caption. Thanks for playing along!

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