Early June on the Farm

We're marveling in the return of the sun this week, and the flowers seem to be marveling at it as well! A couple kinds are new to the rotation this year, and we love them.  This calliopsis is a double win - darling sprays of beautiful flowers and it is one of the plants in our dye garden.  The flowers can produce a dye for cloth that can range from yellow to orange.  Pollinators love it too.  Talk about a win!

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Flowers, Start Your Engines

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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Saint Patrick and the Seedlings

Saint Patrick and the Seedlings

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. 

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