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Rites of Winter

Every year about this time I am inspired to plan the coming year.  I search seed catalogs for the newest and best flowers to grow, I research what colors and flowers are "in"for the coming wedding season and I resolve to exercise more, do my yoga and floss my teeth.  I rebuild my website adding all the new pictures from last year's weddings and dreamily gaze at the beautiful pictures of peonies, hydrangeas, delphiniums, sunflowers, zinnias, roses and all the gang.  I love my flowers and the temperate seasons, but I also love the solitude of winter.  Time to plan, order and resolve.  Time to clean and paint and organize.  Time to cook and bake and make bread.  I have always felt what a shame it is that my fresh vegetables are not available for me to cook during the winter.  I know about canning and freezing but it is not the same.  I did make sour kraut from my abundant cabbage crop this year and it was the best!  Once spring is here it's too late for any of those activities as the frenzy of weeding and seeding and mulching and planting and picking and creating gorgeous bouquets takes all available time away from domesticity.

Emails and calls are really starting to pour in now for booking wedding flowers for the coming seasons.  If you are looking for wedding flowers you should not delay because lots of dates are already gone.  The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers has a new search feature for wedding flower growers and designers where you can type in your state.  Just google ascfg.org for information.  Many Local Harvest growers also list flowers as well as veggies.  I pray for a great growing season for all and peace on earth and goodwill for all on the planet.

 
 

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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