Peonies have kicked into high production mode due to the alternating hot and rainy weather. We're harvesting them multiple times per day right now, and peonies are going into everything! Our first delivery of the season to David's Market in Gambrills had two or three Charlie's White peonies tucked into every bunch:
Orlaya is one of our favorite flowers to bloom in spring. We plant it twice, once in the fall and once in the spring, and it plants itself liberally in-between. We save some seeds and buy some new seeds each year, and all is well with the world when it starts blooming:
Each season there's always a book or two that inspires our growing and design on the farm. This year, one of our favorite's is Martha's Flowers - and this week's arrangement is a tribute to the book's authors Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey.
The trees are all blooming this week! The cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. start the show around here early on, and then everything else with branches blooms all at once.
This week feels like *that* week in Maryland. When everything that was tan and brown and gray becomes pink and yellow and green. It feels like magic
It's getting warm! (Or maybe we should say, "It's getting warm?") This has been such a slow start for spring this year but we are beginning to believe that it is really warming up and that the flowers are going to start blooming. The hellebores continue to show the promise of spring.
The Agrostemma is bolting, and the cherry buds are opening! Agrostemma, or Corn Cockle, is a reliable early performer for us. The plants hang out all winter with relatively little attention. Around this time of year, they start to send up their tall growth as a precursor to budding and blooming. Bachelor’s Buttons aren’t far behind, and later this month that will mean an amazing confluence of early annuals and spring perennials. This picture from last year shows what a glow they have:
Spring has started to peek its nose out this week and there are little bits of magic everywhere.
Crocuses are another bloom (like the snowdrops from last week) that we can't easily send home with you. But we sure are thankful for them! Tommy got them to pose for this picture on Monday.
The third week of March is a busy one! St. Patrick's Day marks our planting date for quite a few of our favorite spring flowers. Of course, the seedlings have been growing for awhile now, and we've been hardening them off on the porch for a little longer each day. They need a slow introduction to the outside after living in the lap of plant luxury under lights in our back room.
Bernie is not impressed with your fierce winds, March!
Sure, you proved that groundhog right after all, but we're ready for you to be a lamb now.
We loved hearing from so many people from last week's email. Even if we don't get back to everyone right away, the encouragement is truly wonderful. We pass the encouragement along to the plants, and the plants do what this Autumn Joy Sedum is doing: they grow!
Groundhogs, as it turns out, are not great at predicting weather. We were promised six more weeks of winter, but we're hitting record-setting temperatures more typical for April than February.
The cold weather isn't behind us yet, but our winter break from farming is well and truly over. Quite a few of the seeds from last week are already sprouting. These are Iron Rose stock from Johnny's, still a few weeks away from planting in the field.
We got so many lovely responses to our newsletter last week, and one question that came up was: why did we call it week one? The answer turns out to be an easy one: at Right Field Farm, the first week of February is fourteen weeks before our last frost, and it's when we start planting again.
It’s St. Brigid’s Day, and it brings to mind our friends Judy and Bob of St. Brigid’s Farm, where our family cows came from. They’re ready for spring grass, and tomorrow, the groundhog will weigh in, but of course the plants have their own ideas.