February 2020 - Life on the Funny Farm

Ramblings of a Flower Farmer

Michigan Flower Farm

 

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I know this is one of the busiest days for a lot of you spreading all that love around.

We have 366 days this year instead of 365! What is everyone doing with their extra day this year? (0:

Despite the weather, things begin gearing up on the farm. November brings absolute resolve to "cut back next year!”. In February that goes out the window. Seed and plant catalogs tend to add to the excitement, and my resolution to “cut back” seems to have gone the wayside for another year as our variety count heads back towards 300. Flowers Anonymous here I come! We did lose a lot of perennials over the winter of 2019, so I placed an order to replace many of those plants. And of course, just had to add a few new lovelies also.

Perennial Added/Replaced:
Allium - replaced
Campanula – Takion Series Blue and White. We grew this lovely variety several years ago.
Clematis – New! A lovely bush variety with blue bell-shaped flowers and attractive seed heads that should also make a nice foliage plant.
Delphinium – We stopped growing delphinium several years ago, but felt the pull to replant these tall, stately flowers again. White, sky blue, and pink.
Eryngium – Blue Glitter – an old stand-by that’s needed to be replaced.
Heuchera (coral bells) – New! A lovely rosy pink variety.
Oregano – Greek –  A foliage plant.
Spigelia- This is new to us and in the “we’ll see” category. It will grow in partial shade, and we have a lot of that here. It is a bright red, a color we lack early in the season. It will be planted out this fall.

Annuals – New or renewed this season
Apple of Peru - Nicandra physalodes  A foliage plant
Artichoke – We’ve never had much luck getting blooms in the past, but we’re going to try a faster maturing variety this season.
Bachelor Buttons – A love/hate relationship. Added back the pink and burgundy, along with blue.
Bee Balm – Lambada
Celosia – Terracotta - A must have color in bronzy shades described as “salmon”
Globe Amaranth (gomphrena) Audray White
Grass – Bunny Tails
Hibiscus – Mahogany Splendor – A foliage plant
Shiso – Red –  Herb. Foliage plant.
Strawberry Spinach/Sticks (Chenopodium Foliosum) – A curiosity I’ve wanted to try. Edible.
Tomatillo
Wheat – (Triticale aestivum) Black Wheat

We have cut back on some varieties this season, mainly some incredibly labor intensive varieties. The decision to not grow lisianthus this season is haunting me – they are one of my favorites, but I felt I needed a break from them this season. I miss them already! I’m sure they’ll be back next year.

A lot of office work continues through February. Nobody’s favorite thing, but not a bad job when the temps dip into the teens. We’ve seen the hoop house get into the 90’s, the days are getting longer, and winter is so close to being behind us!

I usually pick a huge indoor project over the winter. I really wanted to rebuild my kitchen counters, but I opted for a total website rebuild instead. I started out just wanting to rebuild the index page and add a few pages, but like most projects put off for too long, it grew into a total rebuild. It should be published in the the next few days. I hope it's easier to navigate, with a lot less clutter. It's split 3 ways - an area for the public and retail, the Flower Catalog, and an additional site for professionals. I hope you find it useful.

I enjoyed a wonderful visit with Ashley from Brunette Blossoms. This woman is really impressing me with her skills and marketing, besides just being a great human being. She is serious! Check out her website and Instagram. D.Y.I Wedding couples, take note:

Spring Floral Design Workshop w/ Brunette Blossoms

Date and Time

Sat, April 11, 2020

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Contact Brunette Blossoms

As always, love and blessings sent your way.