Bouquet subscriptions began this week, which is exciting news because it means we have enough blooming here on the farm to put together a bouquet with all of the elements needed! If you are recieving bouquets on the weekly, here’s an idea of what you’ll find in yours.
But not just any hydrangea. These come from a prized plant in my Mom Garden (a place in our yard where I plant all of the most special plants that are given to me, including the ones the girls and Nick get me every Mother’s Day). This particular hydrangea has been around for over 13 years! It came in a small pot, wrapped in cellophane and was part of the decor at my baby shower when I was expecting Raegen. I’m not entirely sure it was meant to be planted and survive, but by golly it has. From house to house, I’ve dug this plant up and taken it with me. It now thrives in my Mom Garden and this summer it really surprised me by throwing off both purple and pink blooms!
Hydrangeas are what we crazy flower people call, “wimpy drinkers”, so feel free to really crush up the bottom of the woody stem to encourage drinking and good hydration.
These beauties took a beating during that last summer storm, but with stocks the size of broomsticks, they were hardy enough to bounce back with a little assistance in the form of stakes and twine. They are the branching type, so we are lucky enough to get bloom after bloom of these guys.
I almost didn’t grow sunflowers this year, but when I asked my friends on social media what they thought, the decision was easy. They are much loved by many and so they remain. And I completely understand, I mean, they really are the quintessential summer flower.
Every good bouquet needs some spikes, and these white snapdragons are perfect for the job. We harvest these when just the bottom few flowers are open to extend the vase life. And while most farmers strive to have the straightest stems possible, the floral designer in me appreciates the unexpected twists and turns.
We love the way the yellow centers tie in the yellow sunflowers.
In every bouquet you will find greenery. It’s nice to have, as it breaks things up and gives the eye a place to rest so that you can enjoy all of the flowers rather than being overwhelmed by them. This week we’ve included Honeywort as one of the greenery choices. With it’s long, stems and nodding head, we love the movement it has to offer. Not to mention the way the back side of the upper leaves turn an awesome hue of purple, and the little bell shaped flowers that resemble candy corn.
Speaking of the purple leaves and candy-like flower, we chose this one specifically to play off of the purple hydrangeas.
Apple of Peru
Another greenery element of this week’s bouquet is Apple of Peru. This stuff is thriving on the farm! What started out as seedlings that looked tired and weak, have quickly become the tallest, lushest plant in the field. In fact, it’s now so tall that when Reese stands behind it she disappears!
What I love most about this plant are the little lantern looking pods that hang from it. They first produce a light purple flower, those fade, fall out, and large seed pods forms in their place.
The downside is that the snakes seem to also really like using their jungle like canopy for a home. I always hear them slithering around by the Apple of Peru patch!
I believe that flowers should be fun. And what says fun more than a deep red, fuzzy tail in your bouquet?
Look out in the field on a breezy day and these flowers are dancing above the foliage with their skirt like petals and long, slender stems. Don’t let the cosmo tease you with her beauty and flirtatious ways though, she doesn’t stick around long (which is why we only put one or two in each bouquet). Enjoy her while she lasts, if there’s a closed bud, give it a chance to open, otherwise just pick them out when they are spent, and continue to enjoy the bouquet without them.
White and whimsical, we love Orlaya best for her heart shaped petals and airy texture.
Stock falls into the “one hit wonder” category. Doesn’t sound too impressive does it? I had once said that it wasn’t a smart business move to grow stock because of this. With limited amount of growing space, it just doesn’t make sense to grow something that produces one flower, gets cut and is done. In a flower farmers mind, that equates to more work. But what about when that extra work provides you with a row of flowers that have a cloud like flower that smells like heaven? Then is it worth it? I thought it was, which is why we grew these. I walk down the row of stock and I can’t help but take a big deep breath of fresh air. It’s intoxicating, and I hope you love these soft, buttercream ones as much as I do!
I hope you like zinnias as much as I do, because we are growing a plethora of them this year. Coming in all shapes, sizes and colors, you can almost guarantee you’re going to always have some zinnias in your bouquet.
Zinnias are vibrant and strong, but they fall into the “dirty” hydration category. So be sure and keep an eye on the water in your vase when these guys are at the party. They like to come in looking all flashy and stealing the show, and the next thing you know, they’ve trashed your house and pissed off all of your other guests.
Interested in getting your own fresh flowers every week? Check out our Subscriptions page to learn more! We currently have pick-up locations in Molalla at The Rustic Shed, Oregon City at Mary Rose NW Boutique, and hopefully we’ll be adding another new business partner in Sublimity soon, at Headquarters Studio !
Not a subscriber but want to get your hands on a bouquet? No problem! Follow us on social, and/or sign up for our newsletter to find out when we drop fresh “Local Bouquets” off at our partnering businesses. Or, as always, visit our online Florist shop to purchase and choose a delivery option or Farm Pick Up at checkout.