Here's a look at some of what has been blooming in the garden this past month. It feels great to reconnect with people in the community over flowers at the farmers' market, at the co-op, and while passing on the street in town. Still psyched to listen and talk with others about the power of flowers, every time. These conversations and the appreciation of flowers help keep me going during the long days of working to help the flowers grow.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Since my last post was from springtime, I thought it'd be a good idea to let the world know I've just been outside these past few months, helping the flowers do their thing. This summer was filled with FLOWERS and: work in the garden, bouquet making, farmers markets, and arranging flowers for weddings. Though I didn't do a great job of taking photos regularly this year, here's a peek into the garden from June to September.
I look forward to sharing more photos of event flowers from this summer once winter weather settles in. The growing season is winding down and the killing frost isn't too far off. But there are still a few more harvests of the season's last blooms, then fall cleanup and spring bulb planting coming up. We're also putting up a high tunnel this fall, to help extend the growing season starting in 2015! Super excited about having fresh flowers available for more months each year!
It's been a wonderful third year for Blue Cloud Farm, and I'm so grateful for all of the support from my local flower-loving community and the opportunity to provide seasonal, sustainably-grown flowers for so many stellar couples that got married in midcoast Maine this year!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
This week was tulipmania in the garden! A couple of days in the 70s coaxed all of the tulips to color up just in time for mother's day. Couldn't have planned it better if I tried. Each spring I'm in awe of tulips more and more, and this time around I wanted to better capture their fleeting beauty! Here's the 2014 lineup, in order of opening in my little tulip bed:
Orange Princess and Apricot Impression
Akebono (above- my favorite!) and Jaap Groot (below)
Pink Star (above) and Apricot Parrot (below)
Carnaval de Nice
Queen of Night
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
The first garden blooms open in the warm little microclimate created by a rock wall!
In the cutting beds the plants are farther behind, but this 'Dick Wilden' narcissus is budding up nicely.
Allium multibulbosum emerging looks like tillandsia of the dirt.
Low tunnel of stock and snapdragons enjoying the cool temps.
I've been checking the tulip beds at least three times each day to look for any buds and as a bonus, I get to spend time staring at the awesome leaves of 'Tsar Peter' greigii tulips. I decided to do a small planting of these for their foliage, and I'm psyched to get to watch them develop!
Fritillaria meleagris unfurling. Some of these spring-flowering plants are among my favorites of the whole year, so I'm feeling really excited about soaking it all in these next few weeks!