Ha Ha just kidding!
Typical March loves to tease with warm weather then throw in an arctic cold front to keep farmers on their toes. Tonight will get down to 21 and Saturday night will be a chilly 15 degrees. This means I will have to put the row cover back on the flowers in the field and cold frame. I’m actually kinda, sorta, happy it’s getting cold again because I don’t want the tulips to bloom too short or too early. One thing I’ve learned is not to worry about the weather because mother nature is the one in control. The daffodils, tulips and blue bells have sent up green shoots and will continue to grow through this cold spell.
Warm or cold, spring officially begins on March 20. Meanwhile, back at the farm, we are busy making pussy willow wreaths for the equinox. Celebrate the season with a lovely handmade wreath, fresh from our farm, to your front door. Wreaths will be available for delivery beginning March 19, or pick one up at the farm stand beginning March 5.
The field flowers and shrubs have been hibernating but we’ve been busy with planting schedules and seed starting. The germination chamber has been packed full of seed trays since the middle of January. Now the green house benches are crowded with seedlings waiting their turn to go into the cold frame for hardening off. Planting will begin, as weather permits, in mid April. Volunteers are welcome! Please contact Kate here, if you would like to help . We will provide gloves, tools and lunch.
The ranunculus and campanula in the cold frame are growing crazy because of the warm February weather. Unfortunately most of the anemones got eaten by voles! Sweet peas and foxgloves will take their place. We’re hoping to have ranunculus, daffodils, muscari, hellebores, and quince for Easter on April 16 and Passover on April 18. What a beautiful centerpiece for your spring Holiday table! Visit the flower shop page for details.
Speaking of voles. I’ve adopted a farm kitten to help Zeus keep the hungry critters out of the green house and cold frames. I’m happy to report Harvest Moon, aka Harvie, is showing great potential. He caught a vole on his first introduction to the greenhouse! He caught a plastic bag and some leaves this morning. I hope he learns to discriminate soon.
The Laughing Ladies are always looking for the most beautiful, and unusual flowers to grow. This season’s newest discoveries will feature blue and white perennial Scabiosa, several varieties of Bearded Iris, Italian Ranunculus, exotic Fritillaria Persica, new varieties of Lisianthus and several types of Clematis and Campanula. We are running out of space in the back fields. Very soon there will be flowers growing in front of the house. If you drive by as we are making our wattle raised beds please honk wave, cheer or stop with cookies and something caffeinated. Be for-warned, if you stop without the goodies we will put you to work immediately! FYI, the other Laughing Ladies drink coffee but the boss prefers tea.
Plans for farm workshops and open houses are in the works. That information will be in the next newsletter.
I wish everyone a joyous spring!