Folls Flower Farm

  (Auburn, New York)
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Spring is Coming!

This winter has been the least snowy of any I have ever experienced in upstate NY.  We have only had about eight inches of snow all winter and most of the time grass is visible.  My horses are happily munching old pasture instead of eating their hay.  The birds in the barn are beginning mating rituals.  I started my lisianthus seeds.  I love the flower but it is very hard to grow from seed because it grows so slowly.  It takes from January to July to produce a flower and the first three months produces just a tiny plant.  They make great wedding flowers though so they are worth the difficulty.  Other flowers are much more rewarding to start indoors because you see growth on a regular basis.  This year we are also going to grow a lot more food and plant some fruit trees.  My grandsons will help with the gardens and harvest this summer. 

 We already have about ten weddings booked and we have ordered some beautiful new lilies and will be growing some gorgeous new snapdragons and delphinium.  I love to use tall, dramatic delphiniums in giant urns for churches and receptions.  We will also be seed testing for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers many new varieties of celosia, gomphrena, carthamus, larkspur and tons of new sunflower varieties.  I can't wait to get out in the garden and plant some new beds and dig in the dirt.  Sometimes I think it is better to live in a four season climate so I can have my enthusiasm renewed every year.


Wedding season is coming!

Wedding Season

January is the month that most spring and summer brides begin to really think and plan for their upcoming weddings.  It seems like time flies when you are having fun and before you know it the season is here so you need to book your flower specialist (florist or grower florist) now. 

Using locally grown, sustainable and organic flowers makes sense for the bride, farmers and the environment.  It is certainly better to use flowers grown locally than those grown in South America or shipped from overseas as most regular florist and grocery store flowers are.  Locally grown flowers are fresher and come in many varieties that are not available otherwise.  There are hundreds of different flowers that can not be shipped easily and last for a fleeting period.  One of my favorite and rare flowers is the tree peony flower.  It is very expensive to purchase a tree peony plant, it then takes 3-5 years to really produce some blooms and the blooms last less than one week.  But they are so spectacular!  Huge and as delicate as silk with a brilliant iridescent sheen, they are the goddess of the garden.  I read that an early plant explorer traveled to Tibet and was given a gift of three tree peony plants that he then brought back to England for propagation.  These were the only known tree peonies at that time and later the monestary burned down destroying the original plants.  The story states that all the tree peonies in the world came from that gift.  I can not verify the truth of this tale but it makes me love the blossoms all the more.

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