Double tulips don’t behave like the single Easter-egg tulips we all know best. Unlike singles, they expand, change, and preen like birds as they unfold over several days, like a new butterfly expanding and drying its fresh wings. They also change color depending on the weather. The warm late-winter weather surprised ‘Foxy Foxtrot’ – normally…Read more »
I remember my first Northwest spring. Every walk became a search for the source of a mysterious and captivating scent, my nose in the air and my eyes scanning the greenery instead of watching where I walked, with sometimes unfortunate results. That scent has become a much-loved sign of spring for me. I now know…Read more »
Meet Dot. She’s a big fan of local flowers (for breakfast) and the smallest lamb we’ve had here. She’s a serious distraction from my work! Speaking of – the farm stand will be stocked for the first time this spring on Friday afternoon, March 29th. Stop on your way home for bouquets featuring daffodils, tulips,…Read more »
Yesterday we battened down the hatches – covering everything in the high tunnels with frost blanket, winterproofing the chickens and sheep, shutting off the irrigation system – preparing for the cold and snow that arrived last night. But did that stop the flowers? Nope, it did not. Hellebores, ume plum blossoms, pink pussy willow, and…Read more »
This is one of the first spring pictures I took when I moved to the farm 5 years ago – flowering branches against a wall of sunset-lit clouds that looked like a rolling forest fire. So, so beautiful! Spring and new flowers will be here again in a few short weeks.
Earl Grey larkspur, Mollie Rilestone sweet peas and Rosanne Brown lisianthus are examples of a floral trend of muted, “muddy,” dusty colors. Part of the appeal for me is the aura of “vintage” – Mollie Rilestone’s tea-stained petals even resemble the browned edges of old pages. I thought about this last week when the trailer…Read more »