Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Fun Fact!

A fun fact about the cotton we use in our arrangements...it's grown right here on the flower farm! Mark your calendar! Fall Open House September 8, 9 and 10!



Thursday, August 10, 2017

August Second Saturday!

It's time for our August Second Saturday! We'll be open August 12 from 9 to 5! It's going to be a beautiful day to walk around the gardens and check out all the new treasures! Our gorgeous mums are ready...only $8.99 each!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Can't Stand The Heat?

Do you crave the flavor of a JalapeƱo pepper but can't stand the heat? Grow some 'Fooled You' peppers in your garden! All the flavor minus the heat!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

All About Broccoli

We've harvested lots of 'Amadeus' broccoli from the garden and it's still producing! It's delicious eaten fresh or steamed and it's so easy to freeze for later use! Harvest the heads and soak in a sink of cold, lightly salted water for about an hour. This process kills any hitchhikers that may be hiding among the florets. Rinse, cut into desired pieces then blanch for 3 to 4 minutes. Immediately plunge the broccoli into cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and place into appropriate freezer containers. A steamer is a useful tool for this process on hot and humid days when you want to avoid using the stove. 

Broccoli is also makes an excellent ferment! Don't hesitate to include the woody stems. The fermentation process softens them and they are just as tasty as the florets!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Fall Colors!

Heliopsis and marigolds dried and ready for some gorgeous fall arrangements!


Friday, July 28, 2017

A Morning Walk...

My morning walk around the flower farm. The sights and scents beautifully accompanied by a chorus of song from the birds. So quiet, so peaceful and so many blessings to count!


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Zinnias!

These zinnias were growing in our gardens yesterday. Today they have been perfectly preserved and are ready to use in our arrangements,wreaths and swags! In addition to our freeze-dry machine, we use a sand-vac machine to dry our flowers. The sand-vac machine dries flowers by burying the blooms in silica gel, placing them under a vacuum and applying heat. A cycle in the freeze-dry machine can take 10 days to 2 weeks to complete. A cycle in the sand-vac machine takes 24 to 48 hours. The sand-vac machine works beautifully to preserve flowers that do not dry easily in the freeze-dry machine. We keep all of our equipment very busy at this time of year!