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:

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In terms of floral design, this week was a lot of fun. Cherry, crabapple, and quince are just starting to open, and plums are in full bloom. Flowering branches give us a chance to use favorite vases in large scale designs. Here are a couple dozen flowering plum branches in a blown glass vase with espresso in the background.

Mmmm, espresso...

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The other big transition this time of year is a phrase that’s oft repeated on the back of seed packets: “as soon as the soil can be worked.” We get a head start by using row covers, but there’s a limit to how far that will get us before even the hardy spring seedlings have problems with frost. We can’t cover the whole farm in a row cover, though we did try to earlier this week.

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If you’re thinking, “What on earth is that!?” then you’re thinking the same thing we were when we looked out the window. The Merry Little Breezes played a prank with one of the row covers, and if you can name that hundred-year-old cultural reference you win a prize.

Spring has sprung, but we're still dreaming,
David and Lina