Collie Flower Farm

  (Woodstock, Illinois)
"Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower." John Harrigan
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Singing in the rain

 It has been a crazy spring around the country. Here in N. Illinois, we are experiencing a very  warm spring. I actually had the air conditioner on for a few days while temperatures stayed in the 80's. This is definitely not a typical Chicago spring. I remember having snow on Easter, and rarely did we have blooming flowers for the occasion. I am enjoying all the early color but wonder how the rest of the season will shape up . I am glad we have had some good rains to make up for the lack of snow melt.  I am also seeing more bugs and am sure that they will be an issue this year.

  We have started a few projects early this year too. We are installing a beautiful entry gate and repairing the fence.And we plan on creating a "walk -in cooler", in the concrete garage. I learned about using a "Cool-Bot" , along with a window air conditioner , at the UW Madison Cut Flower Growers School on Feb. 18 &19 this year. The class was amazing and so much fun. The instructors,Jeanie McKewan and Joe Schmitt were very knowledgeable and skilled at passing that knowledge to all of us. I will be bending 100 hoops for flower supports and tunnel fabric using the plans provided by Joe. As a carpenter, I love to make things! That is part of my love for gardening. I love the design, the growing, and the harvest of all that effort. No one likes to weed, but it does last longer than keeping the kitchen clean! When I can make useful things, whimsical things, things to invite others to enjoy the garden, I feel truly happy, like singing in the rain!

  Happy Spring, Liz



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