A Bittersweet Beginning

Have you ever traveled 300 miles to spend the weekend digging over 100 perennial flowers in the mud?  Well there is a first time for everything.  On Friday March 28th, Jonathan and I celebrated his 31st birthday and the beginning of my spring break from teaching by driving to southern Maryland do just this.  The forecast was mid 40’s and half an inch of rain over the course of the day.  Believe it or not, we ended up lucky.

Jonathan digging peonies

It drizzled nonstop the whole time but started rain buckets just as we were leaving.  We actually had a wonderful time together covered head to toe in mud and actively digging up the beginnings of Spring Forth Farm.  There was sadness in the trip too.  The reason Farmhouse Flowers sold us their perennials is because they are going out of business.  It is bittersweet to take from one small farm ending to begin another small farm.  We wish Dave Dowling all the best as he starts a new chapter in his life and we give thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the generosity he showed us as young flower farmers.

Literally overflowing with plants

We packed the truck to the brim with our hydrangeas, peonies, sedums, foxtail lilies, mountain mint, gooseneck loosetrife, pussy willows, curly willows, and more.   We made it home to Hurdle Mills, NC and unloaded them into our bountiful supply of straw!

Limelight Hydrangeas waiting to be planted

We spent the day yesterday building two beds by hand to plant everything in.  We finished planting just as the sun was setting.  It was a successful trip.

Planting Peonies
Planting Peonies

Thanks again to Farmhouse Flowers and good luck on the next adventure!  Stay tuned throughout the summer for more photos of our perennials in bloom.


  1. That was a memorable trip. May Farmhouse Flowers of Maryland “spring forth” in North Carolina!

  2. Hi Guys, I just saw this. Yes, it was a rainy, muddy day. I was happy to see the plants going to two people who are so excited about being flower farmers. The plants are in good hands. You have the passion and drive to make it happen. I’m confident you’ll be growing flowers for many, many years.
    Dave Dowling – Farmhouse Flowers & Plants.

    1. Hi Dave,
      Thanks for the encouraging words, we need them right now as we encounter challenges with transitioning our land from tobacco into flowers. Looking forward to staying in touch and learning more from you through out the years.

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