Farmer Florist

Garden Party Photo Shoot with Char Co.

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Earlier this month we had the privilege to participate in a photo shoot with the marketing and storytelling studio, Char Co. The shoot was based on exploring what goes in to hosting a summer garden party and how to be a great hostess. Flowers are a great way to decorate when it comes to relaxing summer evenings with friends. We gathered some lush greens like ivy and tansy to make the base for this garland centerpiece, perfect for running down the middle of your garden party spread. Peonies are a favorite that were in full bloom early June and brought the perfect amount of blush color to the table.

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We also had some late blooming lilacs available; they look so beautiful as garnishes for drinks and place settings! Peony buds are also a sweet touch.

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You can never have too much natural garnish for the treats you're offering your guests. New buds and the small ends of flowers add just the right touch to set this dessert apart.

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So how about you? It's not too late to plan your summer garden party! You can check out some more pictures and ideas from the shoot on Char Co.'s blog here.

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Lititz Grower Garden Tour

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A couple weeks ago Trisha had the privilege of attending a Grower's Garden Tour and Information Session on a lovely flower farm in Lititz. First she got to tour the gardens with the group and was so utterly inspired by all the types of flowers. We have so many on our list for next year, we're just hoping we have room for them all!!! Trish is truly like a kid in a candy store (or maybe even worse) when doing things like this. She can't help squealing when she sees a new beautiful cut flower and is constantly thinking, "I must have that!" The Ornamental Kale pictured below is a perfect example!

 

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After the tour the group met under a large tent to "talk shop". It was a great opportunity to hear from all the experienced growers and get specific information on the best ways to grow some of our favorite flowers. For example, a new tip she picked up about sunflowers is that you can plant cutting sunflowers as close as 1 1/2 inches apart to get the thinner stems and smaller flowers that most florists and customers want. Because who likes to have a huge "log" in your vase? Too easy to tip over on your good dining table!

After the discussion, everyone got to go around and look at the flower arrangements that each person brought to the tour from their own gardens. They could compare notes and Trish learned about a lot of new varieties that the other farmers had tried and got to share a some tips from our gardens as well.

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We are excited to apply some of what she learned and can't wait to expand our gardens to include some fresh new varieties next year!

Slow Flowers

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There is something so delightful about picking an armful of flowers and foliage right from your backyard to adorn your dining room table or gift to a friend. We know that not every home is befit with the space and soil to make that possible, and not everyone can take the time to grow their own flowers but we still believe in the value of knowing where your flowers come from. That's why we are so excited to be listed on the Slowflowers.com database. 14006448213_bd7706ca59_z

Slow Flowers is an online directory created to help the general public find florists, farmers, and designers who are dedicated to growing or using American grown flowers for their trade or craft. The idea of "slow" flowers is similar to the farm-to-table concept, also known as "slow food". We all enjoy the experience of stopping by a road side stand to pick up some homegrown strawberries, knowing they were grown only a few yards from the stand and quite possibly picked by the same person we paid. Buying local seasonal produce is not only great for the tastebuds but also for the community. Choosing local flowers is just as enriching and beneficial for grower and buyer alike.

Debra Prinzing, creator of Slow Flowers, explains, "[It's] about the artisanal, anti-mass-market approach to celebrations, festivities, and floral gifts of love...I want to know where the flowers and greenery were grown, and who grew them. Having a relationship with the grower who planted and nurtured each flower is nothing short of magical..."

You can read more about the Slow Flower movement at her website by clicking here. We encourage you to support your local flower farmers and enjoy getting to know the "faces behind the flowers".

 

Some of our own hydrangea growing in the gardens

 

Doorstep Dairy Collaboration

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Trisha's Flowers is so excited to announce that we are partnering with Doorstep Dairy to provide weekly flower subscriptions for their customers.  Every week for 20 weeks starting in June, customers will receive a fresh bunch of locally grown flowers right on their doorstep!  Some of our favorites in store for them are; peonies, larkspur, snapdragons, zinnias, dahlias, sunflowers and many more!  

Just a glimpse of last years summer garden

Doorstep Dairy is a small family owned business dreamed up by Daryl Mast of Morgantown, PA. His idea behind the company is to bring back the concept of “The Milkman” from years past by providing a delivery service for your grocery items so you don’t have to make that weekly stop at the store. Except Doorstep Dairy has taken it a step further by teaming up with many local vendors who provide fresh, quality, and even organic products that customers can order each week to fit their needs. Just a few of their many partners include: Fiddlecreek dairy, offering organic regular and greek yogurts, Weavers Orchard providing homegrown fruits, and Stouts Bakery specializing in breads of all kinds.

This season Doorstep Dairy is offering a Spring/Summer weekly farm share that includes fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, locally made cheese and bread, and bouquets specially arranged by us!

If you want to learn more about Doorstep Dairy you can check them out at http://doorstepdairy.com/

If you are interested in benefiting from this awesome service contact them through their webpage to see if you live within the reach of their Lancaster, Chester, and Berks County delivery routes!

Trisha's Flower Garden

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Things are blooming and growing here in the gardens at Trisha's Flowers. We thought we would give you a sneak peak at some of the beautiful blooms currently in the garden. Remember, you can always stop by our location in East Earl to cut your own! Clippers and containers for water are provided.

Zinnia - Every year we grow a variety of colors.

Hanging Amaranthus - This is our first time growing this one. These dangling flowers are great for cascading arrangements and bouquets.

Snap dragons - These long colorful stalks are bright and cheery.

Lisianthus - Similar to a rose in shape, but with slightly more delicate petals. Each bloom is accompanied by a few small buds that give a fun variety of shape and color. We have ivory, purple, and pale pink.

Larkspur - long and skinny with lovely purple or pink petals.

Ageratum - these fuzzy pale purple flowers bring unique texture to your arrangements.