Crazy busy week at Bindweed and you know that! You are crazy busy with big functions and huge orders, thank you very much. So instead of getting the blog up and out on time I am running around cutting like mad and putting orders together. And might I say they are amazing. I know that your events will be show stoppers especially when I am absolutely drooling just putting flowers in buckets. Even though this entry is a week late I am posting it now for future reference. So when you are planning events next year during the third week in June you will have a better idea of what might be available. Again, thank you for letting us be a part of this incredible adventure.
The sad news is that this is our last week for tulips...the good news is, there are new flowers coming into bloom every day. Lilacs are exploding this week so enjoy them while you can, lilac time is very brief. The snap dragons are blooming in a pink rainbow of variations--white, pink, coral, deep raspberry and a deep red with warm rust tones. We have regular and chantilly snaps. We have a rainbow of lilacs too--white and tones from soft lavender to deep purple. They are heavenly. The allium has started and the sweet peas are coming in strong. We filled a greenhouse with dusty miller and sage and they wintered over very nicely. We should have a ready supply of each through out the season.
Please call/text/email with questions or to place an order. Now its back out to the field for me.
Happy Mother's Day to all--to all the mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, godmothers and all the beautiful loving women who care for children everywhere in so many capacities. To the ladies who lovingly tend my grandchildren at daycare and in school, to the wise strong women who call me their own--my Pingree mother and my Italian mamma--I love you and am so grateful to you. Thank you. Thank you. Grazie mille bella mia mamma.
And a huge thank you and shout out to all the designers who spend days and days and nights, late late nights creating gorgeous bouquets for all the mothers. Thank you for your support, your creativity and the love you put into each design. You are the best!
What a difference a week of warm weather makes--the entire farm is alive and changing every day! It's very exciting, I am surprised each day as I walk around and discover new growth. The tulips are loving this weather and we have a beautiful supply--mixed colors, a few new varieties that are killing me. We have a new double tulip called "Gudoshnik", real show stopper, it's the beautiful red orange double that looks like a giant garden rose in the bouquet above. I love it! And we have "Merlot", a deep wine violet lily tipped tulip. The second crop of tulips are growing in the hoop house that means the stems are shorter and more stout with tons of foliage and that your favorite varieties are making a second appearance.
As the temperatures gain and the days are longer the early spring favorites are slowing down so get your anemones and ranunculus before they shut down. The daffodils are going crazy and we have them like crazy. The foxglove has exploded into bloom and it is stunning--long stems, long long long stems, with tender white bells all the way up. And the dusty miller is ready, full and fuzzy.
For complete up to date availability please check your fax/email or call us, we are always happy to hear from you.
Buongiorno! There are some beautiful flowers for this week, newly blooming and new to Bindweed. If you are lucky you'll get some Orlaya, pictured below. It is a short flower but has a big impact, only 8-10 inches tall it looks like a cross between viburnum "Lace Cap" and a hefty Queen Anne's lace. Very romantic. Also new are the nigella pods in lime green and chocolate burgundy. We have grown monarda citriordora before but not for some years, RT loves it and so do the humming birds. It looks like something out of a Dr Seuss book, very whimsical, and smells lemony, hence the nickname "Lemon Beebalm". Definitely for the adventurous designer.
New cuts this week are "Green Mist", annual scabiosa, chocolate Susans, celosia and talinum, each are pictured below. We are nearing the end of the second cut of Clematis Recta, monarda and cosmos. The last crop of sweetpeas are spectacular--big hearty stems and flowers with a more ruffled appearance, deep rich colors and the unique fragrance. Don't miss out on these!
Please consult your email and fax availability, the demand is very high (thank you sincerely) and varieties are disappearing almost as fast as I can get them on the list.
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.
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.
After a week of warm weather the flowers are really exploding and we have gorgeous flowers. Naturally the peonies steal the show--sadly the coral have all been harvested and sold but we have an entire array of white, pink, medium pink, fuchsia and deep burgundy. The sweet peas have gone so crazy that I actually used a ladder to harvest so it is time to cut some vines. I have sweet peas on 18-24 inch vines and on the stem in white, cream, pink and fuchsia. They are stunning. The delphinium are nearing their peak and we have white, sky blue, cobalt blue and deep blue bunches that are tall and full, bursting with blossoms. The eremerus aka Foxtail Lily have also peaked--I know, one week, but it is that kind of year. They are fabulous--tall and strong, quite magestic. And last, but not the very least at all, are the baptisia. The blue has dwindled but we have a good supply of smokey purple.
New this week are bellflowers, blue penstemon, Iceland poppies, silver king, scabiosa and screaming yellow yarrow. We also have dusty miller, firecracker, melica grass, filipendula and green wizard. Speaking of harvest, I must get out and do some. For the latest availability or to place an order please email, fax, text or call--we enjoy talking to you.