Love, Plant, Grow

In this season of gratitude, I am so very thankful to love what I do! The long, mild autumn provided extra time to soak in the beauty, dig in the dirt and prepare for the spring growing season.  November began with 900 tulips planted using a “no-till” method. I learned about this process from Love N’ Fresh Flowers in Philadelphia and Bare Mountain Farm in Oregon.  Most of the beds have been cleared and tarped or seeded with a cool weather cover crop like crimson clover. Tarps kill remaining vegetation and improve soil structure by encouraging bacteria, fungi and other microscopic helpers. Worms love the cool dark space too!  Peonies are one of the most desired flowers of spring. These lemon chiffon peonies were purchased from Gloeckner.  The bare roots have many eyes, a good sign for healthy plants!  It was thrilling to cut open a home grown Cinderella pumpkin…

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Fall Color

Fall colors are busting out in dahlias, marigolds, zinnias and celosia!  One of my new favorites is Purple Majesty Millet. It’s soft, dark and long lasting, adding a seasonal and…