Well this is odd--I am creating a post and the week is all but over. Fourth of July week and the following week, are always big weeks for us and if I am busy filling orders, I know you are too!! But seriously this week totally got ahead of me, flowers were selling out faster than I could post their availability. Thank you, we really do appreciate you and LOVE to sell flowers. I am only writing this for next year so that when planning ahead you might have some idea of what was available.
My apololgies to you all for the lack of an entry last week--we were just inundated with weeds, flowers and orders! I had to kick into triage mode and the blog got cut--I knew you would rather have an abundance of fresh beautiful flowers on the truck than photos here.
Sadly we have come to the end of the peony crop for the season. It was our biggest crop ever and thanks to you, every stem went to a good home. We are gearing up for the Fourth of July weekend with white, red and blue flowers. We are heavy on the white this week--white asclepias, white sweet peas (new crop), white scabiosa, white gaura grass and white Iceland poppies, all featured above and below. We will have snaps in a variety of reds from lipstick pink, cherry red, wine and plum red. For blue we have magestic cobalt and sky blue delphinium, veronica and the first of the blue phlox.
The July annuals and perennials have started and we have a nice mix of colors and textures. Bells of Ireland, diablo, dusty miller, firecracker, lady's mantle and silver king can get you started. We have poppy pods, flowering gaura grass, coral penstemon and quaking grass to accent your designs. For focal elements we have heliopsis, Iceland poppies, matricaria, delphinium, scabiosa, snaps, sweet peas, veronica and yarrow.
Some of the new flowers are just coming on and so will be limited in number. Please call, email or text to reserve your order or to check on the most up to date availability.
For Sale: 2012 Ford Transit
CD/Blue tooth hands free
Rear back-up camera
Front wheel drive/automatic
Plenty of room for buckets, arrangements, tall enough for sunflowers. Good mileage.
If interested, just call or email.
The thermometer this morning was at 35--pretty chilly. We haven't had a killing frost but some of the white and lime zinnias got nipped. We delivered our last sunflowers this week and the availability list is getting shorter by the day. Quantities of some flowers are very limited...so this will be our last week for on-site deliveries.
It has been a fabulous season and we really can't thank you enough. Your loyalty and patronage is much appreciated and makes this whole crazy farm thing possible. Thank you. Thank you. The last deliveries are always bittersweet, but there is much to do before the cold weather really begins.
For this week we have available:
Buongiorno and Happy Labor Day Weekend. As you can see we are alive and thriving despite the crazy weather. I just got the cooler, barn and deck completely swept and sprayed off--clean and clear of mud only to drift off to the sounds of rain! Seriously--I am fed up with rain. (Although I must admit, the plants love it--they are dirty but strong and green and full of vigor.)
Dahlias are a late season flower, really late for us and we have a ton of them. We are celebrating this abundance by dropping the price so do not miss out. The stems are long and strong and the blooms are fantastic, saturated with color.
Our lisianthus, another late blooming flower, are beautiful and loving the cooler temps. Blooming slows down, but the plants are thriving and producing perfect flowers.
I have been keeping a keen watch on the roses because the best bloom in late August and early September. Marvelous fragrant heads on long stems, the colors vary from pale ivory to deep apricot, often on the same plant. Their sweet scent fills the air and calls in every bee for miles.
The zinnias are amazing and producing like mad, unaffected by the cooler days. We have the full a rainbow of colors: white, lime, yellow, orange, red, coral and pink.
Each morning RT makes his rounds sure there is nothing to harvest and returns time after time with armloads of beautiful flowers so watch the trucks carefully as they will be loaded with lots of little goodies, ten or so bunches, too few to put on the availability list.
Despite the wet weather we have some beautiful flowers--but it does give me great empathy for our friends growing flowers in the Pacific Northwest. I thought farming in the desert was challenging--but hot and dry I can deal with!
We are running out and cutting like mad in between showers but you will see some dirty flowers again this week. Just in case we were not able to get every bunch completely dry please un-sleeve your flowers upon receipt and strip each bunch before storing them in the cooler. The foliage can retain moisture and turn spotty--not a good thing.
The dahlias are really producing now and the stems are getting longer. We have gorgeous fall colors and a lovely pink and white. The zinnias are particularly vibrant this week--they are not fading in the sun. We have white, lime, yellow, orange, red, coral and pink.
We have rows and rows of sunflowers. We are hoping for enough warmth to open so we will have enough to fill your orders.
The big news this week are dahlias and lisianthus. We have dahlias in several gorgeous colors, they are simply scrumptious! They are between 2 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter and vary in height. We planted several different colors and plan to have a good selection on the truck each week. We have lisianthus in four lovely colors--white/ivory, blue violet, lavender and a rose pink called "Carmen".
The sunflowers are blooming in waves and we have a good supply of chocolate and green centered flowers. And the zinnias are out of control!! Walking between the rows is pure pleasure. Our zinnias are white, lime, yellow, orange, coral, red and pink.
August is a tricky time in the season--a lot of varieties are coming into their second bloom and so we might have enough to fill a bucket on the truck but not enough to warrant a place on the availability list. If you are a regular visitor to this blog you may have noticed that I post photos of flowers that do not make the availability list due to limited quantities so please check the truck carefully so as not to miss any goodies.
Sunflowers and storms. Storms and sunflowers. This week has been full of both--we had a massive storm Wednesday afternoon that left us with many mini-lakes but no real damage! Yeah! The bells of Ireland, sunflowers, delphinium, atriplex and amaranth that usually lay down under such pressure are just fine. We lost most of the snaps, but have a new crop coming on soon, so no worries there. The only real damage are dirty flowers--when the rain hits our dry Idaho soil it bounces right up and sticks on EVERYTHING. We do our best to tidy up but the flowers this week have a lot of dirty stems. It is just a matter of giving them a rinse before use, our apologies for the extra work. (We do not rinse them because we cannot store them in the cooler wet and with the high temperatures the flowers must be chilled down as soon as they come in from the fields.)
New this week are amaranth, euphorbia, new colors of dahlias and lisianthus.
The demand this year is way up--thank you one and all--so please pre-order whenever possible as we have not had a lot of room on the trucks for extra flowers and we hate to disappoint you.
Apologies first, I am really late with this week's post--sorry to Sun Valley as your orders are in and we are practically out the door. But, for future reference and for the rest of the week here is a very abbreviated entry for the week. Please check your fax and email for the most current availability--we will probably be sending out a new list tomorrow for the Jackson area, things are going so fast. Thank you, thank you for your fabulous orders!
Everything on this farm is just gorgeous right now. The availability list has overflowed onto two pages, just barely, and the cooler is full!
The roses are at their July peak and the sunflowers, yep, SUNFLOWERS are blooming.
Bindweed roses are a mix of David Austin roses in shades from ivory, champagne, light apricot to peach. We have several different varieties in bloom just now. The "Darwin" rose is my favorite--heavenly rose fragrance, blooms vary from ivory to apricot. TDF
I am absolutely ga-ga over the cloud larkspur--we have monster bunches in blue violet, lavender and white. The lavender just kills me. This shade is so slightly lavender it shimmers and would be stunning with sterling and mercury glass.
I am also thrilled with our new lavender and wine sweet peas. The third crop of sweet peas is just coming on now and we have two shades of lavender--one very pale lavender and the other is a deeper, bluer shade of lavender. And then we have a deep wine purple sweet pea and a new pink, soft with a white heart.
Please consult your email and fax for full and current availability and have a beautiful week.
It just doesn't get any better than this--how incredibly beautiful. (Truthfully, this photo is courtesy of our son who took it from the trail he was biking--but I get pretty much the same view, albeit at a greater distance each Wednesday.) Fantastic.
This photo does little to capture the magic of climbing up out of the Conant Valley and being dazzled by the chartreuse green of these sweeping canola fields. It absolutely left me breathless.
Another beautiful view, just outside the windows at Bindweed Farm. The last blooms of lupine, campanula and the first larkspur.
It has been a beautiful week here and the flowers are LOVING it. Over night we are switching color palettes. Starting with frothy white--Queen Anne's lace, asclepias, glomerata, scabiosa, poppies and matricaria, and moving into yellow golden tones--Black Eyed Susans, heliopsis, and saffron yarrow! From there we drop into deepest orange and coral sweeping into the hottest pink--orange asclepias, poppies, peachy and fuchsia sweet peas. The lavender sweet peas cool it down and take us into every violet hue--scabiosa, lavender, veronica and purple glomerata. Everything is vibrant, rich with heat and color. The temperatures are creating an abundance so we should be well stocked with the newest varieties.
We also have a variety of foliage: lysimachia "Firecracker", Silver King, Diablo, Viburnum berry branches and grasses: Canary grass and Quaking grass.