A few new flowers at Bindweed available this week: double ruffle green-centered suns, mini-sunflowers, mini-lilies, a new orange lily, nigella pods and white salvia. The mini-suns are about the size of a large scabiosa on long stems with a yellow-green face. Double ruffle green suns are large with multiple layers of tiny petals surrounding a dimpled green center. The mini-lilies are much smaller, about half the size of an Asiatic, bright yellow with a wine freckled center . We also have a new orange Asiatic lily, deep melon orange also with a wine freckled center. Just as we harvested the last nigella flowers the nigella pods were forming. The pods are a deep chocolate to maroon. We have grown blue salvia for a few years and would occasionally find a white flowered plant, it was love at first sight! The heads looks like velvet white grape hyacinths, just gorgeous.
New flowers for this week: Blackeyed Susans, clarkia, cloud larkspur, foxglove, lavender, white phlox and verbena. The lavender and floxglove are on the short side this year, strange weather swings, but they are lovely.
The clematis recta and clematis integrifolia are re-blooming and we just started cutting the third crop of sweet peas. They are a summer variety with thicker, stronger, shorter stems--a sturdier, stockier variety for the heat of summer. What they lack in stem length they make up for with their slightly ruffled petals. RT could not discern the difference but Sam and I (we cut the majority of sweet peas) were struck immediately by their unique structure. We love them.
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.
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.
My apologies for not posting last week...it was massive as you all know. And well, sometimes you just need to stop and smell the roses...or in my case, stop and be with grandchildren.
But the farm waits for no one, there are flowers EVERYWHERE and we have a full list with some new goodies. We have zinnias in a rainbow of colors, dahlias TDF, ornamental oregano, lisianthus, atriplex and new crops of asclepias (which will be shorter because it is establishing itself), Black Eyed Susans, delphinium and snaps. The sweet peas continue to amaze, although we are dropping some colors as they are beginning to suffer in the heat. So please take a look and let us know what we can get for 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!