Gah!! I promised to take this weekend off and truly, I am. But saying goodbye to these guys is like saying goodbye to a long distance love. It's ridiculous.
So, the stand is open today and full of all the freshest flowers. All organically grown right here on our farm. You can find arrangements, cacti, flower confetti, notecards, and these sweet $15 spring bundles. In an effort to keep my word about not working (ohhhh how I love this work), these bundles are simply rubberbanded and there are two per glass jar. Please be a friend and leave the big glass jars so we can refill. There are reused plastic grocery bags for transport in ya need them.
Well, that's it. Have a spectacular weekend. Stay hydrated and wear your sunscreen (or a big hat).
Love to ya!
"Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Oh my goodness, you guys! What a busy and fun weekend we're going to have. It's Mother's Day weekend, the first-ever Hockinson Farmers Market, Prom, and oodles other fun events around the county.
If you're looking for Barn Dog Flower Farm bouquets, you can find them in the farmstand starting Friday by 9am. (will restock all weekend as supply allows) and at the farmers market on Saturday from 9-1. Along with flowers we'll have shirts, notecard sets, floral confetti, gift cards, dahlia bouquet subscriptions, and more.
Some lucky pint sized posies will be getting dolled up and heading over to Michelle Allen's 52 Painting Project Show on Friday night from 5-8. If interested in attending the live show, DM her your email, otherwise you can check out the show on her website at the same time. michelleallenart.com
What better than a weekend full of art and beauty to celebrate all things maternal?
"April, come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain
May, she will stay
Resting in my arms again..." -S&G
You guys, the seasons are hitting me hard in the feels right now. Time, managing time, all of it is hard for me. I mark moments and memories with seasons, flowers in bloom, smells, and songs. Lately, they all seem to be converging and I feel like I'm slip sliding away.
I remember being six years old in the winter of 1982, wearing those footed pajamas you could slide across the floor in, and being rushed off and tucked into to bed because there was company in the house. The energy was exciting and I remember having a hard time falling asleep. So I didn't. I snuck downstairs and hid behind the couch squeezed between the wall and the drapes. I can vividly remember the smell of the tweedy couch. The adults were watching Simon and Garfunkel's Concert in Central Park. I was in loooove with Simon and Garfunkel. It was so hard not to sing along with the songs, but I knew I'd be busted and sent off to bed. Couldn't let that happen, of course.
Now here I am, in my barn, wrapping flowers and singing along with Paul Simon at the top of my lungs. My mother is here visiting and I worry about her wandering around and tripping over hoses. My son comes in to kiss me goodbye as he drives off to school. His senior year. He once wore footed pajamas and would sneak downstairs when we had company, intoxicated by the laughter and the music. I'm no longer wearing footed pajamas, but I wear elbow braces from working in the field. Seasons.
As for the flowers, the ranunculus and anemones are singing 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover as the days heat up and they wind down their season. They're breaking my heart a little bit, but the smell of the arriving mint, the beauty of joyful columbine, the budding peonies, or the overwintered dahlias peeking through the soil remind me that a new season is on the horizon. It's really at the doorstep and is ready to give us a big, familiar embrace. An Old Friend. A bookend.
Anyway, if you've read this far, you deserve an update. Subscribers, your bouquets will be out by 10:30. Farmstand shoppers, I'm expecting bouquets out by 12. ❤
I just want to play and make bouquets all daaaay! After so much field work this week, spending time in the studio is an absolute treat. However, my mom is here visiting all and I promised her I'd clean my room. Not kidding. It's true, I'm 45 going on 12.
I'm going to get my chores done and then I'll be back to play as soon as possible. In the meantime, the bus shelter is stocked! Here are a few more glimpses at what's out there.
A reminder that we take cash/check, Venmo, Square, and Paypal. Some people have spotty cell service at the stand so if that's the case, I'd take a recommend taking a photo of payment sign and taking care of it when you get home.
Have a great day, friends!
Once upon a time, I was a white water kayaker. Riding the waves was a controlled, and sometimes not so controlled chaos. But it was thrilling, addictive, exhausting, and extremely satisfying. The quick decision making, the hard paddling, the floating, and the beauty. All of it, I loved it. I haven't kayaked white water since we've had kids possibly because that's when my anxiety peaked, and the real awareness of my mortality hit. Possibly because I became so absorbed with the kids' activities. I sold my boat and life moved on in many other exciting, beautiful ways.
As I was picking tulips this week and they were coming on faster than ever due to this unseasonal heat, I realized the familiar feeling. That feeling of skiing an avalanche, or say, drinking from a fire hose. Farming is a lot like white water kayaking. The scouting, the planning, the unpredictable situations. However, with kayaking, you can bail. Or, you can find a nice eddy and maybe relax. Decide it's bad weather and maybe just stay home. That's where it differs. Roots. I'm rooted here with all of my hard work and passion blooming all around me. I'm riding that floral wave, exhilated and exhausted, paddling as hard as I can. I looooove it. It also sort of terrifies me, but I sleep well. Much like paddling, I often need an Ipubrofen.
Anyway, that's a really lengthy way of saying, I will have tons of flowers in the farmstand for you today. Tulips and ranunculus galore.
This weekend has been another one for the books. I cannot thank you guys enough for the incredible support!
Stay hydrated and be well!
"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." -Coco Chanel
I'd say LaBelle Epoque is both. We just can't take our eyes off of her.
She'll be in the farmstand today along with a bunch of her friends!
"I'm a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!"
The farmstand is stocked this morning, but will most likely not be restocked throughout the day. I'm all poured out, friends. Luckily no shouting was involved, but I'm taking the rest of the day off to love on my family and rejuvenate. We have another big, exciting week ahead and I need to be at the top of my game.
Last night we dipped to 28 degrees which required a ton of hustling to get the farm prepared to withstand the low temps and it also resulted in a morning of hovering, nail biting, and assessing damage. So, I'm not "farming" today. At least I'll be trying my best to avoid it. I apologize, but this means I will also not be answering texts, emails, or phone calls. I'll be back tomorrow for subscriptions and a full week of Petals for a Purpose and our I Paw'd It Forward fundraiser for which I am most excited!
In the stand today, you can find some arrangements, $15 pints, and a few bundles. No minis today.
Have a great Sunday, friends. Take care of yourself and love on your peeps.
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"If you work hard and be persistent, you will achieve whatever you want to do." -Jane Goodall
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I seriously can't thank you enough for all the love you showed our little farm this weekend. You guys really showed up for the flowers. It always blows me away and I am so grateful.
Well, friends, I'm going to try my best to keep you updated. This is going to be a HUGE week. Huge, I tell ya. Along with our subscriptions this week, we are going to move into having the farmstand open daily. Roughly 9am-dusk like we did last year.
We will also be kicking off a fundraiser, which I will announce as soon as I've firmed up some pickup locations. Stay tuned! I'm excited!
Now, for the huge, hard, persistent work piece. We are taking on a giant week in the field. GIANT, I tell ya. This is one of those weeks where we are embracing every second of the Spring abundance (harvesting flowers galore), and taking a big leap into summer. What does this all mean? It means we will be digging thousands of tulips, harvesting anemones and ranunculus daily, spreading 20 yards of compost and laying out the dahlia field in prep for almost 2000 plants. All the tubers are waking up and they're ready to nestle into some cozy beds in prep for their summer debut. I'm so excited for their big show, but in the meantime, there's a ton of dirty work backstage, so to speak.
So, I'm fueling up, lathering on some sunscreen, waking those teenagers and heading out. Wish us luck!
Subscribers, your bundles will be ready by 11am. See you soon!
Make it a great Monday!
*Photo of our quickly assembled Easter bouquet. Can you believe those parrot tulips? Gah! Also a pic of the tunnel this morning. Can't wait for more armloads of ranunculus!
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Eep! It's Friday, the sun is shining, and my all-time favorite flowers are putting on a show. These parrot and double tulips make my heart flutter and I have been waiting for them all year. Digging them cozy nests, protecting them from bunnies, voles, and deer, and shading them from too much sun, etc. They are truly worth every bit of pampering!
You can find straight bundles and mixed bundles in the bus shelter now along with larger arrangements. Every single stem in the stand was grown right here on our small farm using natural growing methods. No nasty chemicals here-ever!
We also have anemone bundles (these babies are closed in the stand but will open up large and in charge! They last over a week in the vase and are true treasures), we also have gorgeous fragrant, fancy narcissus in closed bundles (ready to open for you at home) or open and in a vase. Intricate and stunning.
AND for all you who've asked, we have hanging succulents (grown by an OR nursery) are only $10 basket this weekend only.
Swing on by! Will try to stay stocked until dusk all weekend!
Oh my goodness, you guys! I've been so busy with subscriptions, deliveries, and a wild amount of planting that I haven't even given any Easter updates. Easter is early this year. Sheesh.
Ok, here's the quick lowdown. I'm booked with custom arrangements and have been all week. In order to have time to make arrangements for the farmstand, I've decided not to take any new custom orders. However, I hope to have plenty of Easter bouquets in the stand Thursday-Sunday. 10am-dusk.
What's in bloom right now? We have fancy, fragrant narcissus, tulips, anemones, and a bit of ranunculus (they're definitely on their way). We should have an assortment of $15-$25 bundles, a few pint sized posies, and larger arrangements. The tulips and anemones will definitely be taking center stage.
Along with farm fresh blooms, we'll have some sales on our bunny planters and hanging succulents (string of dolphins, burro's tail).
If you have any questions, please reach out. I promise I'll get back to you as soon as my hands are free. 😘
OH! And today is the last day to enter our Discovering Dahlias book giveaway. Scroll back to the pink dahlias to enter. We'll be drawing a name tonight. Thanks, Friends!
Good Morning! Can you believe all these tulips? I know they don't look flashy now because we harvest them early for maximum vase life. Part of my joy is watching these beauties bloom and put on a show in the vase. Kept in a cooler part of the house with daily fresh water changes these lovelies will dance and transform in your space for over a week. They are truly one of Spring's greatest treats.
In my arms this morning are an elegant white double and an intricate parrot in gorgeous greens and pinks. Both just waiting to show you what they've got.
I'm working on customs this morning, but you can find some of these in the bus shelter by 10. Before 10 you can find minis and pints, narcissus bunches, hanging succulents, cacti, and bunny planters.
Have a great day!
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Yikes! I'll been pretty terrible about updating this space. So, I'm here to say that Spring has sprung and you should be expecting the farmstand to be loaded with flowers. We'll have it stocked Thursday-Sunday 10-8ish.
Yikes! I'll been pretty terrible about updating this space. So, I'm here to say that Spring has sprung and you should be expecting the farmstand to be loaded with flowers. We'll have it stocked Thursday-Sunday 10-8ish. Swing on
For years now, I've been fantasizing about a bigger, brighter farmstand. A farmstand my customers could step inside, with bright white walls, whimsical lighting, chest-high shelves for displaying large, showy flower arrangements. A stand to match the big dramatic designs which I love to create. The dream stand would be beautiful while still rustic side because, afterall, we are a farm.
Last year, I even went as farm as polling customers as to whether we should build a new stand. However, every time I'd begin sketching the new stand, I would have little pangs of grief. What would I do with the old bus shelter farmstand? The one in which I'd put grab-and-go boxes of veggies I sold on Craigslist when the children were babies. The shelter a woman regularly picked up large bags of kale for to make smoothies for her dear friend who was suffering with cancer. The shelter where I snuggled with my children and anxiously awaited the school bus. The shelter they built with my husband. Oh, the memories! That's it. The scrappy little bus shelter stays.
It may be short, it may be dark, there may not be a lot of room for it to hold my largest creations, it will never have air conditioning for those hot bouquet melting days, but it contains so many strings to my heart. While you may pull up to our driveway and see flowers or perhaps see a rickety old bus shelter, I see my childrens' little feet swinging off the bench as they waited to be carried off the farm into the big, exciting world. So, please understand that my plans and ideas for a new stand are on hold for awhile as I savor these memories.