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.

Daffodils planted en masse have been a real treat this winter. We were worried after last year that the stems were too short, but in their second year they all grew longer. Pictured here are Pink Charm, Tahiti, Bridal Crown, and Yellow Cheerfulness. That last one is so fragrant that we imagine you can smell it over the Internet!

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The lilacs made their first appearance last week, but this week they've truly come into their own. Together with the azaleas (which Martha emphasizes really are for cutting, not just for the landscape) they're filling our vases with purple:

 Photo by T.W. Brunton

Photo by T.W. Brunton

And finally, hops! We started growing hops for beer, and we kept growing them for the fragrant flowers and bountiful vines they make in August.  We didn't know how great they would be as shoots in the springtime.  A favorite treatment is to pull them up in April and May and stick them in a vase along with all these other lovelies:

 Photo by T.W. Brunton

Photo by T.W. Brunton

Here's hoping this finds you as filled with color and fragrance as we are this week!

David and Lina