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Following the Micro-Dream

Lying flat on my back, looking up at the beautiful blue sky with its fluffy white clouds, I started to dream. The tall grass surrounding me danced in the breeze while bees flew lazily to and fro, drunk on the abundant nectar. I closed my eyes and listened to the birds chirping, the breeze blowing,…

Plant Spotlight: Gomphrena

It’s time to give another plant the spotlight, sing its praises, and discuss its drawbacks. This week I chose gomphrena, or globe amaranth, as it is also known. You may remember that I included gomphrena as one of my favorite cut flowers in my Playing Favorites post in August, and I thought it was time…

Let’s Plan(t) It

So, what do farmers and gardeners in colder growing zones do in the winter? Without fields of flowers or vegetables to plant and harvest, they must enjoy months of relaxation, right? After all, when the farm or garden is resting, so should we. Well, yes and no. There is a more relaxed pace in these…

2023 Gardening Goals

Happy New Year, we made it to 2023! It’s that time of year when people take a moment to reflect on the past twelve months and decide to make changes. People typically resolve to wipe away regrets and make promises that will make their lives better. A new year means a clean slate, and we…

Plant Spotlight: Poppies

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Plant Spotlight post, and I realized as seed packets are arriving in the mailbox, poppies are one of the varieties I’m most excited to grow in 2023. Back in elementary school, I remember vividly that each year we celebrated National Poppy Day when learning about the significance…

Staying Seedy

For some, it’s stamps, cards, knick-knacks, or memorabilia from their travels, but for me, it’s always seeds. I have been collecting seeds for over twenty years, and my passion for collecting has only increased in that time. I love everything about seeds. I admire the diversity in their shape, size, and color in every rainbow…

Reflections on Our First Season at Whistling Bee Farm

It is the season for feeling thankful, and I am incredibly grateful this year. Of course, for important things like family and health, but also for all the little things like watching my son play soccer or performing in a concert, a purring cat on my lap on a cold night, or preparing a new…

Why Local Flowers?

One of the questions I’ve been asked in my first season as a commercial cut flower grower is, “What’s the difference between your flowers and those I can buy at the grocery store?” or “Why is buying local flowers important?” I know it can seem like these flowers are the same, but several key differences…

What’s Growing on in the Garden: October 2022

As we say farewell to October, I feel an underlying sense of urgency in the garden. I know that winter is on its way. I have crossed off many items on my fall gardening checklist, but still, many things remain. I know that I need to work quickly to complete the tasks before the first…

Fall Gardening Checklist

Whether I care to admit it or not, winter is on its way in my neck of the woods. We are set to get our first hard frost this week, marking the end of the growing season. So, I’m starting to prepare myself physically by digging out those sweaters, hats, and gloves, and emotionally (how…

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