The last of the narcissus were in flower last week and I was having an impossible time staying focused on the task at hand, harvesting flowers. Chris and I got majorly sidetracked and unknowingly spent three hours photographing them before we realized it and got back to picking. It was worth it though. The photos are to die for. More soon!
Our new equipment shed is finally finished. You can see the back wall on the right hand side of the photo. It has a big ole chicken coop on one end and I can’t wait to give you an official tour soon. First we need to move in and organize though. Right now it’s just heaps of everything that was in the flower studio, basement office and scattered around the farm. The bare dirt between it and the hoop house is to become the chicken run. What lucky girls to have so much protected space.
We FINALLY got all 300 garden roses in. I hate to admit it but they’ve been in the cooler for almost six weeks, waiting for us to make them a priority. I hope we didn’t screw things up too bad getting them in so late, but it was the first window of time we’ve had available in weeks. I’m dying to see all of their incredible blooms this summer.
We successfully documented all 40+ ranunculus in the variety trial. Measured, evaluated, graded and photographed. What an undertaking. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; every single second was heaven. I love ranunc’s and I love trailing even more! I’ll be sharing the findings later in the season, so stay tuned.
All of the field sweet peas are finally in! A little later than I wanted, but Chris reminds me that I always want everything yesterday so we’re actually doing alright. There will be seven, 70 foot rows total, not all are pictured here. The frost cloth is to protect the little guys from hungry spring robins who can decimate a patch in just a few hours, pulling their seeds from the ground and leaving the baby plants to die on the soil surface. We’ve had it happen too many times to not take precautions.
The ranunculus are going absolutely nuts in the hoop houses! We harvested over 500 bunches last week and this week should be even more abundant. It has been all we can do to keep up with them! If you’re in Washington state you can find them at area Whole Foods stores and The London Plane. Be sure to call ahead though because they’ve been flying off of the shelves.
The Icelandic poppy trial is going great. There are some real winners in the mix and I can’t wait to share more with you about it later. The blow torch, photographed above, is what we use to sear the stem ends of poppies. When you’re doing 75-100 bunches at once, it’s a huge time saver and life saver. Seared poppies will last nearly a week in water compared to just a few days when unseared. Another option to extend vase life is dipping the bottom two inches of stem in boiling water for five-to-seven seconds. It seems counterintuitive, but these tricks really do work.
How about you!? How’s your week going? Any big surprises or good news? Any frustrations or struggle? I’d love to hear it.