in a vase monday - my first (and last) event flowers

This past weekend we celebrated my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday in a wonderful celebration with family and friends, many who travelled a long way to be here.  And with my love for flowers, I volunteered to do the flowers for the tables.  I wanted something classy but not stuffy, and that would go with the decorations but not clash.  First of all, I know flowers are expensive but I did not realize HOW expensive. After looking around (and almost spending hundreds of dollars) one of the nurses at the hospital I work at told me to check Trader Joe’s and did I hit the bonanza! It was amazing! I spent $85 in nine (9) dozen cream colored roses and twelve (12) bunches of eucalyptus varieties. And of course that includes the fillers and additional eucalyptus I had to go back for.  This is why I grow the flowers, not design them.

I stayed with the same theme for different variations.  In the end, I really love how they turned out. The roses looked beautiful nestled among the ‘Seeded Eucalyptus’. For filling spaces ‘Silverdollar Eucalyptus’ and white ‘wax flowers’ worked beautifully, and for height I went with the ‘True Blue” variety.  My mother-in-law loved them and the guests did too.  Actually a few of them asked me if I would consider doing flowers for some of their events. Ummm... no, thank you.  I was so tired at the end of the party that I am sticking to growing them.  Somebody else can do the professional arranging. :)

update from flower world - spring planning


it has been quite a while since I wrote on the flower farm blog.  After the summer/fall season I just needed to decompress and prepare for Spring.  It was great just not having to really deal with any major flower related issues other than planning for this coming spring.  This fall I planted a trial garden with Angelique and Apricot Parrot tulips, as well as Pink Champagne daffodils and a Landscaper's Mix of daffodils.  I am super excited about these blooming.

And this Spring, I am starting some new flowers-- sweet pea and poppies-- from seed.  I am always hesitant starting plants from seed because I do not have the setup for it in our current house, but I am going to give these a try.  At the worst, I loose a packet of seeds. I looked at many sites and ended up ordering the seeds from Floret Flower Farm in Washington.  I started with the China Aster Tower Chamois Apricot-- a gorgeous aster that reminds me of a puffy peony.

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They really have become the go-to place for certain varieties and I really fell in love with a few.  For sweet peas I went with 'Spring Sunshine Champagne' and 'Mollie Rilstone' varieties. I really love their romantic Victorian demure look.

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

I also picked up some poppies; these, along with sweet peas ave always intimidated me but I think it is time to take the plunge and grab this bull by the horns.  I picked up four different varieties: Breadseed Poppy 'Black Beauty' and 'Rattle Poppy' as well as 'Iceland Poppies Sherbet Mix' and 'Shirley Poppy Supreme'.

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

I started with the China Aster Tower Chamois Apricot-- a gorgeous aster that reminds me of a puffy peony. How gorgeous is this?

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers (Shop)

This week I will be finishing my purchases after I check last season's tubers and their condition.  Honestly I'm kind of scared because we had some below freezing temperatures and I am hoping they will be ok when I inspect them. 

Do you have big plans for spring planting? Did you do any fall planting?

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