Just trying to get my head around what’s planted and what’s not yet planted and I thought I’d share it with you in case there are things you’re looking forward to in the season or you are designer who has been looking for super-local blooms. Here’s what’s growing or germinating right now:
Tulips – Mount Tacoma, Black Parrot, Apricot Impression, Copper Image, Ice Cream, La Belle Epoque
Daffodil – Delnashaugh, Pink Charm, Apricot Whirl, Replete
Ranunculus – Salmon, Champagne, Cafe, Pink, Orange, Pastel Mix
Anemone – White (pretty sure this is white, but honestly everything molded so it’s going to be a lovely surprise when they bloom!)
Lisianthus – 2 different Champagnes, Lavender, 2 Whites, Red. All thanks to Tracey and Chris at Swell Farm in Rockland, Maine who offered to share their plug order with me when they saw that mine didn’t germinate very well. I hope I get to take them out for a coffee or a glass of wine sometime.
Iceland Poppies – Champagne Bubbles, Sherbet, Giant Peach
Bells of Ireland
Stock – Yellow, Fantasy, Apricot, Rainbow
Sweet Peas – Marjorie Carrier, Apricot Queen, White Frills, Nimbus, Windsor, Valerie Harrod, Mollie Rilstone, Anniversary, Wiltshire Ripple, Painted Lady, Mrs. Walter Wright, Baby’s Blush, Prima Donna
Several more varieties are getting seeded shortly so I’ll update this list in a few weeks.
In other news, I’m starting to do some real thinking about a bouquet share program in the spring, summer, and autumn. With so little data after last year’s first growing season, I’ll admit to being nervous to set one up because WHAT IF something doesn’t grow, or there aren’t enough flowers one week and too many the next week, and all of the other things that come along with working with the natural rhythm of growing in fields and not greenhouses. On one hand, it takes the guess work out of things – I know I have 4 or 6 or 8 bouquets to make and have ready for pickup each week and I grow and harvest with that in mind. On the other hand, what are my contingencies if one week is lean? So I’ll keep thinking and probably make a decision a couple of weeks before it looks like we have our first flowers ready to bloom. If you have feedback, I’d love to hear it! Feel free to leave a comment or to email firstname.lastname@example.org.