Slow flowers

Our Big Move

The seasons are changing and there are some big dreams coming true for Flourish this spring! Plans have been in the works for awhile now and finally, this winter, we started to plow ahead in the gardens and in the barn across the street! We have more than doubled our garden space by adding eight more 100 foot rows (six pictured here) in the former sheep pasture. Larkspur, anemones, ranunculus, poppies, tulips, daffodils, pansies, and lilies are all sleeping soundly in these fresh plowed rows. Some are warming up and are just starting to emerge to find the sun and our eager faces!

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The other half of our move has to do with our workspace. We have been operating out of a small portion of a barn with one counter top and a cooler just barely big enough to fit our needs. While it was cute and cozy, our dream has always been to have a space where we can bless others with the beauty of flowers more efficiently and creatively. Our new space across the street has plenty of room for storing all of our flowers, supplies, and rentable items with lots of space leftover to do all our harvesting and designing. We can't wait to hold classes here and see what other kinds of opportunities this space opens up!

 

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As you can see, everything is still in process, but so much progress has been made over the winter and we are so grateful for the help we have received along the way. Our next step will be to get all the electricity hooked up and to install the new cooler and a sink with hot water. Thanks for following along with us and stay tuned for pictures of the farm in full bloom!

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