Phew, what a week!
It has been an all hands on deck, get er done kind of a week around here. Greenhouses that were in bloom just a handful of days ago are already cleaned out, amended with compost and fertilizer, tilled and replanted with heat loving crops. Turn and burn, that’s our motto.
The field plantings are getting a thourough weeding now and then are being staked up so they don’t topple under the weight of their own foliage in the heavy spring rains.
Stepping out of the frantic hustle for a brief moment yesterday was exactly what I needed. With clippers in hand, I tromped around the property looking for inspiration and found a little peace in the process.
There is a huge old English rose bush,‘Constance Spry’ that I dug up from a friends garden a dozen years ago that’s now growing up the side of the studio. It blooms for one glorious week each year and I always try and harvest every single stem, to make the most of our time together.
This year I had to get out the ladder and scurry up onto the roof for the most choice blooms.
Buried in a tangle of weeds out back I found the last of the ‘Barlow’ columbine and a few rogue field peas. From the hedgerows I clipped ninebark, copper beech, wild roses and black elderberry foliage.
There’s nothing like having an overgrown garden to cut from. It may not be garden tour worthy but it sure is rewarding to head into the “jungle” with loppers and collect armloads of material to build an arrangement out of.
I sure love to see what’s blooming in your garden this week.
If you haven’t jumped in on the flower action yet, I’m going to say that now is the perfect time to do so. Even if you just pick a handful of wildflowers from the side of the road, the act of taking a moment to experience what’s blooming in your area, during this brief window of time is a truly magical experience.
To join in the fun, simply make up a bouquet using local flowers, snap a photo, post it somewhere on the internet and then leave a link to it here in the comments section below. Easy as can be.
If you’re on Instagram, you can use/search the hashtag #seasonalfloweralliance for even more flowery goodness.
What gorgeous flowers you have…our peonies are done for the year, but they’ve done us proud. We went to market with them this year, and the most striking thing about selling peonies was realizing that we were actually selling a memory – so many customers said “I remember my grandmothers garden…” or “I remember picking these with my mom…” And how many people, whether they bought a bouquet or not, crossed over to our stand, pressed their face into a mass of blooms, and breathed in to take in the delicate scent. That was amazing to see…