Aspen and Jack’s DIY Wedding Flowers

We love seeing what brides, grooms, and their friends and family create with our DIY flowers and foliage. We pick beautiful bunches of fresh, seasonal flowers and foliage imagining what unique creation the wedding party will make with our flowers.

Aspen and Jack’s late fall wedding featured the beautiful reds and purples of fall. Congratulations Aspen and Jack!

Aspen's DIY bridal bouquet. Photo courtesy of Martin Photography and Video (http://www.martinphotographyandvideo.com/).
Aspen’s DIY bridal bouquet. Photo courtesy of Martin Photography and Video (http://www.martinphotographyandvideo.com/).
Aspen and Jack's DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack’s DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack's DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack’s DIY flower arrangements.

Thank you to Aspen and Jack and Martin Photography and Video for sharing these pictures.

If you are interested in DIY flowers, please check out our DIY FAQs and look at more photos of beautiful DIY creations.

What the heck have they been doing on the farm?

Although you wouldn’t know it from our blog, it has been a very busy summer on the farm. We’ve grown more flowers than ever before and we have been planning and preparing for an even bigger season next year. Our heads are dancing with visions of sugar plums and deep loamy soil. Of course here in Hurdle Mills we only have red cement that passes for clay. But we’ve already started taking the steps that will transform our clay soil into sugar plums — or at least friable loamy clay — with time and love. The farm is still too wet to work in, but the sun is shining at last. While the soil dries out, here are some pictures of what we’ve been working on:

The farm and house.
The farm and house. This summer’s flowers are in the front with new fields for next year in the back.
Some of next spring's flowers growing in landscape fabric for weed control.
Some of next spring’s flowers growing in landscape fabric for weed control.

The most exciting projects we’ve been working on this year have been investments in soil health. We have started a heavy rotation of cover crops that will add organic matter to the soil and help break up the clay, making it more friable. We have also experimenting with no-till agricultural practices. Tilling “burns up” organic matter in the soil and destroys the soil organisms which build healthy soils and grow healthy plants. In order to make our no-till work, we are using “occultation,” a process of using tarps to create an environment that encourages decomposition. We learned about this method from Bare Mtn Farm in Oregon and from Jean-Martin Fortier in Quebec.

We have been using cover crops to build our soil.
We have been using cover crops to build our soil.
Occultation is a techniques that uses tarps to speed decomposition and build soil.
Occultation is a techniques that uses tarps to speed decomposition and build soil.

While we have been planning for next year, our flower business has been growing by leaves and blooms. Our DIY Buckets have been very popular this year. We have started offering buckets of foliage as well, which really makes the flowers stand out and is an economical way to make the flowers go further.

DIY foliage bucket.
DIY foliage bucket.
Fall DIY bucket
Fall DIY bucket
Fall DIY bucket
Fall DIY bucket
Four-bucket fall DIY wedding
Four-bucket fall DIY wedding

In addition to doing weddings and events, we do weekly arrangements for businesses. Here are a couple examples of our business arrangements. In addition, we are considering starting a flower CSA subscription program next year with pick up near downtown Hillsborough. Are you interested in getting weekly flowers for your business? Would you like to join the flower CSA? If so, please contact us.

Fall arrangement.
Fall arrangement.
Fall arrangement.
Fall arrangement.

Now you are up to date on the farm. While the soil dries out, we are trying to get as much done on the house as we can. Our goal is to get our rough-in inspection by the end of the month. What does that mean? Stay tuned for our next post, “What the heck have they been doing on the house?

An October Wedding Success

To be quite frank, it’s been a hard autumn season.  We are having a wake-up call to the menagerie of critters eating our vegetable garden including, but not limited to: 8 different species of caterpillars, a colony of rabbits, deer, and cutworms to name some.  Needless to say, after losing half of the vegetables we planted, we felt discouraged and inadequate.  Luckily, our flowers are growing elsewhere right now, and they have been growing beautifully.

HOWEVER, in spite of all that, Spring Forth Farm is celebrating a big accomplishment. We provided flowers for our first wedding. We worked hard planning, cutting, and arranging. It was a joy to deliver such beauty to our friends, the bride and groom, on their big weekend. We are thankful that they gave us this opportunity and took a risk with us as we stepped forward into the world of wedding flowers!

This is a good reminder for us that when we are struggling in one part of the farm, we can have a success in another.

Below are pictures of our work including Jonathan’s boutonnieres, Megan’s first bridal bouquet and table arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.  Enjoy!