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.
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:
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.