Spring Flowers You Can Plant Now

Spring Flowers You Can Plant Now

Each year in October, I feel a sense of relief that the season of rest is quickly approaching (that season of rest is also known as Winter), and also the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Fall is also the time to plant cold hardy annuals, also known as cool flowers. Pansies come to mind for most people when thinking of cool flowers, but there are so many more to plant now for spring blooms!

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My Favorite Zinnia Varieties + A Farm Update

My Favorite Zinnia Varieties + A Farm Update

This has been hands down our most challenging farming season yet. We knew that it would be inherently difficult because we moved the farm from our leased location in Candler to our new farm in Asheville (and moving a farm is not for the faint of heart), but between the weather and unforeseen circumstances, its been exponentially harder than we imagined.

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Pantone Project with Carley of 'Long Live Simple'

Pantone Project with Carley of 'Long Live Simple'

Most of you know how important collaboration is to me personally and to what we do at Flourish. Whether its collaborating with photographers for styled shoots or a calligrapher to create special details at our workshops, I love working with other local artists and creatives! So I was so excited to have the opportunity recently to interview local Asheville graphic designer Carley Lee, owner of Long Live Simple.

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Tenacity: How We're Breaking Ground at the New Farm

Tenacity: How We're Breaking Ground at the New Farm

Spring has brought a blend of great progress and heartbreaking setbacks. Not only has the weather been some of the worst on record, the process of moving a farm is exponentially difficult. Going into 2018, I knew that this year will likely be the toughest I've lived thus far, so back in January I taped the word TENACITY onto my desk and repeat it as a mantra.

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My Top 6 Favorite Summer Flowers

My Top 6 Favorite Summer Flowers

Because today marks the first official day of spring and you're probably itching to get your hands in the dirt, I wanted to share my top 6 favorite summer flowers to sow now. Even though dahlias would definitely be near the top of my list, this list is focused on flowers you can easily plant from seed, whereas dahlias are grown from tubers. While in most areas its still too risky to plant any heat loving flowers outside yet, it is the right time to start these seeds indoors. 

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Flower Farming Books

Flower Farming Books

I love reading! Give me a good book over TV any day and I'm a happy gal. But sadly I don't have (or make) the time during the busy farm season to do much reading - probably because I fall asleep as soon as I sit down. So winter is my chance to catch up on all the reading that I daydream about during the summer. While historical fiction is probably my "escapist" reading of choice, winter reading is also about catching up on research and new ideas too. So here are some recommendations from this winter, plus all time favorites for inspiration and reference that have a permanent place at my desk.  

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Sweet Pea Seeding + A Giveaway!

Sweet Pea Seeding + A Giveaway!

Even though winter has been more severe than anyone predicted or hoped, I'm still full steam ahead with preparing for the coming season. The very first flowers that I seed in the winter are sweet peas. I have tried for the past 2 years to overwinter them in the field and in the hoop house, and both methods were unsuccessful - the vines were too damaged by wind and cold to recover, even under a layer of row cover.

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How we plant ranunculus and anemone

How we plant ranunculus and anemone

I am a researcher by nature, always wanting to figure out how other people do things and seeking out the best way to approach something new. But I'm not one of those people who just researches endlessly and never takes action. I'm all about getting my hands dirty (obviously!) and a big believer in the "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good" philosophy. I've spent countless hours researching the myriad of ways to grow ranunculus and anemone. As they are some of the earliest spring blooming flowers, I am determined each year to have an amazing crop. After a few years of trial and error, I finally believe that we've arrived at a great system. 

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