The ladies got moved to a fresh patch of grass running the length of our driveway. Oh, our poor neighbors! I’m sure they wish our place was tidy and cute. I remember the day the neighbors to the south moved in. Both kids were outside in their rain boots, with umbrellas, buck naked playing in the puddles. Elora wandered over and introduced herself and showed them her favorite bumble bee boots. We all still laugh about that first meeting. Little did they know what they were in for.
The dahlia tubers we pulled from the basement and planted into bulb crates to take cuttings from are just about ready. I’m working on a detailed photo post for you on how we do this, so stand by! It’s a really great way to multiply your stock when you’re first starting out, only have a few tubers and want to increase your stock rapidly or you just want to get a jump on the season.
The Icelandic poppies have decided that it’s officially spring here in Washington, despite what the calendar says. I’ve been picking a handful a day for the past week and full time harvesting is right around the corner. They are definitely on of my top favorite flower list and if you don’t already grow them, do consider it.
The book writing is clipping right along. Even though it’s HARD, I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of it. We’re coming up on the first big deadline at the end of the month. Last week Michele Waite was here shooting for the winter chapter. We covered a lot of ground and I’m so excited to see what she captured. I pretty much decimated the hellebore patch in order to create some very special flower images. You know those moments when you can feel the air get really still and you know magic is underway? Well the hellebore shoot felt like that.
The propapgation house (our one heated greenhouse) is already bursting at the seams with tens of thousands of baby plants. Sweet peas, lupine, nigella, snapdragons, cerinthe, campanula, queen anne’s lace, stock, icelandic poppies and so many more. It’s going to be such a beautiful season. I have 7 trials in the works for this year. A record number! I can’t wait to share what I learn with you here.
The first round of compost tea for the season got applied. With such sunny weather and warm days it seemed like an ideal opportunity to feed all of the babies and keep them on the road to good heath.
How about you? What’s happening in your neck of the woods? Still buried in snow? Sowing seeds yet? Dreaming big dreams about the season to come?
Loving you blog, thank you from a small farm wanting to explore the cut flower side of things. Just wondering if you ever posted a how to on planting bulbs in crates. Being that we are just starting we are just trying to learn the different ways to grow cut flowers. Thank you