It's March 2 and winter has sent one last ice storm as a kiss goodbye. At least that is my hope as I crunch through three layers of this very cold winter on my way to the greenhouse. The moist air of the greenhouse envelopes me in a warm hug and I remove my coat before starting my seeding chores. As I pick up the seed packets I am reminded of how wonderful last summer's weather was. I am full of hope for the possibilities these seeds represent; excitement about the new varieties I'm planting for the first time and happiness to have the old reliables I depend on from year to year.
I'm starting a new chapter for the farm this season. A change from farmer's market sales to growing and selling to florists and brides. A name change for the farm, from Lilies and Lavender to Laughing Lady Flower Farm, and a plan for forming a flower growers cooperative. The Philadelphia Flower Growers Cooperative is in the planning stages, we have a name and some BIG Plans! I promise to write about the cooperative as it develops.
In the meantime these seeds will be warm and protected in my new germination chamber. Spring will be here soon. It's been a nice break but I can feel the earth waking up under the snow. It's calling me out. A new season has begun.