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.
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.