Here's another throwback. A throwback to yesterday. The first day of Fall. It was a huge day on our little farm. A record sales day in all areas. Custom orders, online orders, and bus shelter sales. All on a Tuesday! What a fun, whirlwind of a day. I'm having a quieter day today knowing the rest of the anemones and ranunculus are arriving this Friday setting the stage for an exciting, whirlwind week ahead.
Ya know what, though? None of this excitement would be possible without you. So, thank you for supporting and loving on our farm and sharing in the joy and magic of local blooms. We're so grateful!
This week reminded me just how closely tied my mental wellbeing is to physical movement and hard work, space for creativity, beauty, color, and solitude. So glad to be back in the field and studio.
This week has reminded me just how closely tied my mental wellbeing is to physical movement and hard work, space for creativity, beauty, color, and solitude. So glad to be back in the field and studio.
Taking 100 sweet posies to our friends at Bonaventure Senior Living for their Grandparents Day celebration just brightened my day! Grateful for the ability to share floral cheer.
Our hearts are heavy tonight thinking of our human and animal friends being evacuated from their homes right now. We're safe here but the sky above the farm is changing colors again reminding us just how close we are to those losing their homes and scrambling to save their animals. So, friends, I can't thank you enough for driving out to the bus shelter flowerstand today to help us raise funds for NW Relief Fund and American Red Cross as they offer aid to those displaced from the wildfires. Together, we raised $335. As always, I am so grateful for you all!
We are so proud to report that since June 19th, you've helped us raise and donate $1495 to local organizations.
With love and gratitude,
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Just a little peek at my morning. By September, flower farmers are often hitting that fatigue wall. Drought, heat, insect and weed pressure, planting of hardy annuals and perennials for next year, soil testing, amending, daily harvesting, weeding, irrigating, marketing, you get the idea. Besides the constant physical hustle and bustle, there is a constant internal dialogue of "oh, I better move that next year. Take note to cull those varieties. Add this variety to the list. Divide these and grow half in shade and half in partial sun for extended harvest next year. How many thousands of bulbs did I order?!?" The constant planning, the trials and errors, the risks, the rewards, the seasonal and ebb and flow. It can feel like things are wildly out of my control and yet I am completely addicted to it all. I simply can't not do this. Sooooo, thank you, thank you for following our farm, for choosing to support local flowers, and helping me fulfill my purpose.
My deliveries are done for the day, custom arrangements picked up, a couple dozen bouquets have been made for the bus shelter, and, for the first time in ages, I'm going to take a nap. Rumor has it, a few thousand narcissus are due to be arriving for fall planting in the next two weeks as well as a few thousand ranunculus and anemones. It's hard to believe we've come full circle and it's almost time to start again.
Now, for rest. Have a great afternoon, everyone.
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"I'm gonna marry my love..and we'll be happy for all time..yeah, he's the sweetest man you could find..so gentle and so kind..and he's got those big green eyes...I can't believe me luck, he's mine."
All this wedding prep today has me turning up Sinead O'Connor's 4th and Vine and dancing around the barn. After 21 years with this guy, I still can't believe my luck.
All of this, everything I do around here, couldn't be possible without his incredible patience, his fix-it skills, his encouragement, and his generousity of time. The time he gives me working on my projects and the time together he gives up when I'm working in the barn until 10pm.
The other day he came to the barn after being at the office and seeing him walk in gave me butterflies. I had to snap this picture when he wasn't looking just to capture the moment. He's the kind of guy that no matter what his day was like, he always comes to find me as soon as he gets home and he always, without fail, greets me with a smile. I have to say, I don't always do the same, but he always has me striving to be kind.
In an attempt to show my gratitude, I'm trying to save the trees he pulled in order to make room for the expanding peony and perennial field. Not sure they're gonna make it, but for now, they're hydrating in a canoe. Did I also mention my husband's patience? As he says, "life here is never boring."
With your support, the lil bus shelter in the country raised $125 for YWCA Clark County yesterday. Thanks so much to those of you who came out to pick up flowers and show support. That brings our total to $1160 raised for local community organizations since June 19th. I'm inspired by and grateful for your generousity and support.
This sweet not from NAMI Southwest Washington arrived in the mail yesterday just as we kick off our bus shelter farmstand fundraiser for YWCA Clark County today! Nothing makes me happier than giving back to the community, and again, we couldn't do it without your love and support.
Thank you, Friends!