We would like give a hearty “Mazal Tov” to Caitlyn and Kenneth. Here is a picture of Caitlyn’s bridal bouquet. Spring Forth Farm flowers are sold at several area locations, and we will also be setting up our flower stand this Friday, June 27, at the Last Friday event in Hillsborough. Please contact us for flowers for your wedding or special event.
As spring turns to summer the cool flowers slow down and the heat-loving flowers take their place, but the shift starts subtly. The poppies burn in the heat but the bachelor’s buttons look like they’ll never stop. The larkspur blooms in a flash, and the sunflowers and zinnias show promising buds.This post is part of an occasional series inspired by Erin Benzakein of Floret, who posts her own Seasonal Flower Alliance photos and invites others a respond with photos of their own seasonal bouquets.
This bouquet is made with larkspur, matricaria, bachelor’s buttons, calendula, nasturtium leaves, and calla lilies. They are such a treat to work with. I love how they slide down among everything else, barely peaking out but stunning in their beauty. These ones are called Captain Rosette.
May was a busy wedding month at Spring Forth Farm. Clients are taking advantage of our DIY bucket of flowers we offer as well as the “a la carte” option for a mixture of DIY buckets with Spring Forth Farm making the bouquets and boutonnieres. Jonathan and I put together a wedding with a “wildflower theme” for Saturday May 31, 2014. Here are some photos of that process. Enjoy the beauty of the flowers.
The handiwork for making boutonnieres and bouquets takes a lot of focus and organization. We like to lay out the flowers as we work so that we aren’t scrambling to find what we need and to strip leaves off of the stems. A year ago I spent a month at Harvest Moon Flower Farm where I first learned to build bouquets from experienced flower farmer, Linda Chapman. We also used Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers by Erin Benzakein and Lynn Byczynski, a wonderful book to help us continue to learn how to build bouquets and wire flowers for boutonnieres. Spring Forth Farm wouldn’t be where we are now without these resources.
We cut the final few bunches of flowers for the DIY section of the order Saturday morning of the wedding before the flowers were picked up. We love providing the freshest possible flowers to our customers.
The wedding flower pickup by the groom’s step-father on the morning of May 31, 2014.
Congratulations to the happy couple! We loved doing this wedding and love the opportunity to continue to improve our arranging skills. We look forward to our next couple of weddings in June 2014.
This is an exciting weekend at Spring Forth Farm. We are doing flowers for our first weddings of the year, and we congratulate Brandon & Kelly and Hayley & Jay. (Look for photos of the wedding flowers sometime next week.) It isn’t too late to order fresh, seasonal Spring Forth Farm flowers for an event or wedding this season, but we are filling up. Please contact us if you are interested.
This past March, we wrote about our trip to Maryland and brought back a truckload of peonies, hydrangeas, and other perennials. We barely fit them all in the truck.
Now, they have been planted, taken root, leafed out, and to our delight they are blooming! Here is a photo update of this excitement on the farm.
We were most excited about the peonies.
We brought back fifty established plants, each one a mystery. We knew we had pink, white, and burgundy, but we had no idea how many of each, or which plant was which. With the stress of the late transplanting and without irrigation, about half of our peonies aborted the buds, but that means about half bloomed! We were so excited about these sweet-scented balls of color. Most of the ones that bloomed were pink, but we expect we have more burgundy and white that will bloom next year. We are learning so much as we grow this year, and the importance of irrigation for these crops really hit home this spring.
Digging up peonies in the rain.
Planting Peonies, April 2014.
The peonies in bud, ready for harvest.
We also brought back hydrangeas, which are starting to grow flower heads, and curly willows. The willows have been growing in trays but we’ve started planting them and are really looking forward to this great crop. Here are before-and-after photos of the hydrangea, stored in our straw pile for planting in March, and now in May.
Here are the first of the rooted willow cuttings being planted out.
Curly willow layed out for transplanting.
Curly willow starts in the bed.
When it comes to plants, we get excited about different things, but we both like to experiment. Jonathan was particularly excited that we brought back two dozen eremurus roots, also called foxtail lily. These are sort of an experiment – we don’t know if they will survive the late summer rains – but we hope they do so we can offer these unique spires next year.
The first foxtail lily.
The eremurus has really unusual, spidery roots.
Eremurus coming up.
Eremurus flower head ready to flower.
We are really excited about nurturing and growing these perennials on our farm and dream about adding many more varieties of perennials to the farm over the next few years.
A few weeks ago, Erin Benzakein of Floret invited participation in the The Seasonal Flower Alliance, a public project to arrange and photograph local, seasonal flowers. Here at Spring Forth Farm that’s what we love, so we’re excited to be a part of this. Periodically, we’ll post bouquets filled with our local, seasonal flowers, list their ingredients, and help capture time passing through the seasonality of what is in bloom.
Icelandic poppy “red sails.”
Agrostemma “pcean pearl.”
Bachelors’ buttons are also in bloom, and these small spring flowers make very nice simple bouquets.
Agrostemma “ocean pearl” produces a beautiful combination of white and rose flowers.
Bachelors’ buttons and agrosemma.
Here in North Carolina, we are starting to get days in the 90s. We don’t know how much longer some of these flowers will bloom — the poppies, in particular, are sensitive to hot weather — but the next round of flowers are budding up and ready to burst. As the flowers change with the seasons, we will continue post photos of what is in bloom.
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Time is getting away from me. Here is a short photo essay of happenings on Spring Forth Farm over the past few weeks! Stay tuned to find out where you can get your next Spring Forth Farm bouquet.
Frolic Life: living without electricity has proven to be easier than we thought and quite relaxing.
Market Bouquets and Wholesale Accounts: as we continue to figure out how we will market this summer, we are blessed to be able to set up a small flower stand at the school I teach at, Orchard Hill Children’s School.
Spring Forth Farm will join several other local farms at a market hosted by UNC students at The Pit on Thursday, April 17 from 10AM-2PM.
We will have beautiful spring bouquets featuring our French tulips and poppies. Here they are in buckets, safe from the rain, wind, and frost this cold April week. Come pick up a piece of spring sunshine. For more information, visit the event on Facebook.
These beauties came in during Spring Break. They caught us by surprise so we didn’t have a sales outlet lined up. We donated them to our church and gave them to friends and family, and of course put them around our Frolic camper.