My blogging has been a little thin on the ground this past month. Spring, I think must be the busiest time of the year for a flower farm. Not that it seems there are any particularly quite times but you HAVE to get everything into the ground on time otherwise you flowers are going to be way behind schedule. In the Pacific Northwest we have also been experience some unseasonable warm weather which has been throwing things off.
This year I am working on learning how to succession plant, with the aid of my wonderful greenhouse it has made this somewhat possible. I do have to fine tune my system but as they say Rome was not built in a day. The idea of succession planting is to lengthen your growing season so that you have flowers available for a longer period of time and not having a deluge of flowers all at once and then having them go to waste.
I start sowing seeds early in my greenhouse, by the time the danger of the last frost has past they are nice and sturdy and a few weeks ahead of schedule. Then every two weeks I am planting more seeds and bringing them on in the greenhouse ready to plant out. I have not got this down to a fine art yet but I am finding resources that will help me. Johnny’s Seeds have a very handy spreadsheet that will help you figure out what you need to plant and when. Sadly I found this after I started my planting schedule but this coming winter I will be actually excited to sit down in front of the fire and get this fine tuned. If you are interested in looking at their calculator here is a link. http://www.johnnyseeds.com.
I have also had a flurry of activity on the wedding scene. I have several bookings for this summer and still have appointments to meet with new brides to discuss their wedding flower plans for the big day. I will put together a blog at a later date giving a little behind the scenes look at what it takes to prepare flowers for a wedding. It is a lot of hard work but to see the look on the bridges face as you drop of her wedding bouquet on that special day makes it so worthwhile.
Lastly, I am so excited to say that I have just returned from a three day workshop at Floret Farms. I have wanted to attend this workshop ever since I started this adventure. I was very excited on the weeks leading up to the workshop but I was also a little nervous. What if this workshop did not turn out to be everything that I had hoped for? I had read amazing reviews to say it was life changing etc. but could it really be that good. Well, yes it was – and more. Once I have had chance to collect my thoughts on everything this workshop meant to me I will write a little piece so you can hopefully understand why it meant so much to me.
Until then I have another wedding this weekend that I am about to start preparing for. Family then starts arriving in from England next week getting ready for my oldest son’s graduation from High School – did I say I was busy at the moment?