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.