Signs of Spring

After a long winter full of anticipation, spring is finally upon us! Birds are chirping, the grass is greening, and yes, our flowers are blooming!

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It’s been a mad rush to get seeds started and transplants in the ground, along with all of the other new-to-us tasks that come with flower farming, while still setting some time aside to enjoy the beauty of spring. There have been tough moments and more tears of frustration than I care to mention. (Ever tried to lay landscape fabric by yourself on a breezy day? Don’t.) But all that washes away when I take my snips to the garden and fill a bucket with the most colorful flowers I’ve ever set eyes on.

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The first beautiful bloom of the year popped open on the most fitting day to celebrate the birth of our new nephew, Dean, in the first week of March. With a backdrop of snow, a crop of purple anemones were the first success in this new venture of ours. Since then, we’ve watched as wave after wave of spring flowers opened up: anemones, narcissus, ranunculus, poppies, hellebores and most recently, lilacs.

Last week, my friend Kristine popped over to capture some of the beauty around the farm during a perfect spring sunset. I’ve tried my best to snap iPhone pictures and the rare ‘real camera’ shot, but Kristine’s photos actually do these beautiful flowers justice!

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As we approach Mother’s Day and the official kickoff to ‘flower season’, don’t forget to check out our seasonal flower subscription! We don’t have a retail spot (yet!), but you can pick up fresh flowers from our farm on Mondays during the summer through our subscription. And if you have a flower-loving mom, this might just be the perfect gift!

I can’t wrap up this post without taking a moment to thank everyone who’s supported us on the journey thus far. We’ve received such an outpouring of support and enthusiasm for our flowers, from our roadside stand to our pop-up at Gray Apple Market, and lots of bouquet orders in between. I’m so excited to continue to share these beautiful blooms with you!

~ Katy

PS… If you’re looking for family pictures, engagement photos, senior portraits, or anything else captured like the gorgeous shots in this post, check out Kristine Smith Photography! Kristine makes anyone feel comfortable in front of the camera, and she has the ok to do shoots at our flower farm if that’s your look. You can find more of her work on Instagram and Facebook.

PPS… A special “thank you” to our moms, who continue to support us in more ways than I can count.

PPS… A special “thank you” to our moms, who continue to support us in more ways than I can count.

How To: Foraged Holiday Wreath

Without a doubt, fresh greens are my favorite way to decorate our house for the holidays. Aside from the amazing pine scent, I just can’t get enough of the cheery greens adorning our house during the darkest days of winter.

In this post, I’m demonstrating how to create a wreath using greens foraged from around our farm. You can easily adapt these instructions to fit what you have on hand, using what grows naturally around your home. Pines, boxwood, magnolia; the more the merrier!

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  1. Start by collecting your tools and greens. You’ll need a wire wreath frame (in these instructions I am creating an Advent wreath, thus the candle holders), a strong pair of clippers and floral wire. Ideally you’ll want at least 3 types of greens, although you can certainly make do with just one variety. To make things go quickly, cut your greens to 6-8 inch lengths.

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2. Assemble bundles of greens. Create a mixed handful of stems, starting with the ‘base’ greens and ending with your most unique greens on top. Secure each bundle with wire. Depending on the size of your frame, you’ll need about 12-15 bundles. Try to make them as thick and full as possible; this is the key to a lush, full wreath!

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3. Attach bundles to frame. Using floral wire, attach a bundle to the frame and secure by giving the ends of the wire a few twists. Rotate the frame and attach another bundle in the same direction as the first, making sure that the top of the new bundle covers the end of the first. Continue working your way around the frame until it is full.

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4. Secure greens and fill empty space. After you’ve filled the entire frame, go back with additional floral wire to secure the wreath. (This also helps to make the wreath look ‘tidy’, if you like that look!) I like to tie the end of the wire to a point on the base, and then loosely wrap around the frame and greens, moving in a circle until I reach the beginning. You can adjust greens so that the wire doesn’t show, and keep a few stray pieces sticking out here and there for a looser look while still keeping the wreath secure. At this point, fill in any empty spaces with additional small bundles of greens, making sure that the frame and wire isn’t showing.

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5. Add finishing touches and hang! I prefer a simple, monochromatic look, but you can have fun here and add extras like pinecones, holly berries, bittersweet, etc. This is also the time to add ribbon or bows. When you’ve got everything looking like you want it, determine the ‘top’ and attach an extra wire to hang the wreath. (Or, add the candles to your Advent wreath!)

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Tip: To keep your greens fresh as long as possible, mist the entire wreath with water several times per week. This is especially important if it’s placed in a warm room!

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The Journey Begins

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I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this post for weeks. From “Hey, wouldn’t that be fun…” to “Oh my gosh, this is actually happening!”, a lot has gone down over the past two months.

What started as a little veggie patch will {fingers-crossed} become a full-fledged flower farm in a matter of months. Rather than starting slow, we decided to jump in feet first and have spent the fall researching, planting, constructing, tilling, and experimenting our way into the world of flower farming.

We’ve erected our first ‘caterpillar’ low tunnels; a cozy little home for beds of ranunculus and anemones.

We’ve potted up a hundred paperwhite narcissus that should be showing off for us in a matter of weeks, just in time for Christmas!

We’ve created a little grow shelf in the basement {home to a handful of seedlings} and set up up a potting shed full of garden tools.

We’ve made list upon list upon list of flower dreams for next summer. So many flowers!

We’ve made a few new beds and filled them with peonies and specialty narcissus.

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Spring seems so far away, but I know it will be here before we know it! In the meantime, check back here for updates on our little flower farming adventure!