Wednesday, November 13, 2019

We are on YouTube!

Have you heard the news?
Slightly shy & introverted Amanda is now on Youtube- Filling your days with laughter, designing and growing tips.
Bringing you new videos each Tuesday, we would love to have you join us!
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 Thanks so much,
 Love your flower farmer,

Monday, September 30, 2019

Giant things.... Make my heart sing

You probably didn't know this, but our farm is part of a mecca of giant vegetables. Between 3 households, there is giant pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, long gourd, field pumpkin, tomato and beet records.

The classic family shot- My Dad Ron with Kaiden
September is when the weigh off's start- at Glad Gardens first. The next one is the Windsor/West Hants Pumpkin Weigh off- the first Saturday of October. If you place for a GPC (giant pumpkin commonwealth) world record, you spend the next few weeks on tenterhooks, waiting for the rest of the competitions to finish across the globe, so you can see if you stay placed. Some years, you may win, but not beat the largest record. It happens. Interested in seeing the giant beasts? Check out AVGVG- Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers. You may see my prize winning beet there- Usually I am 1st or 2nd. You never really know until they are done being weighed! P.s. My family and I were super BEET out this year!- I just had to make a beet joke:)

The Windsor weigh off- lots of Pumpkin and Squash (must be a true green to be weighed as a squash)

A trip back in time to one of my first giant beets

 Besides chuckling over the sillyness of giant vegetables, your probably wondering WHY people grow them. It's fun! There is definitely a good dose of competitiveness is most of the growers, and the desire to get better and bigger each year. A lot of plant breeding and seed saving is going on too, so there is a building community across the globe.

Tromboncino gourds- growers like to try new things too!

For the record, giant pumpkins seeds are saved, as top growers can get $100 A SEED. But most here are turned into boats for the Winsdor Pumpkin Regatta. A festival where you row a pumpkin across the basin. Seriously! You may never look at a pumpkin the same way again.

P.S. It has been a hard growing season for many people, so the Windsor pumpkin regatta has been cancelled for lack of giant pumpkins:(

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fall Flower Arranging

While I try to enjoy the last few days of a warm lingering summer, I know that Fall is coming. It is  time to embrace the wildness. The colors, textures, seed pods and the lessening. There is less to pick from, but your eyes are attune to beauty, so you can see it in the roadside weeds and use them too. The key to fall is embracing fall foliage and all of it's color options.

Favorite Fall Flowers (Pre frost)
Zinnia, rudibeckia, coreopsis, golden rod, hydrangea, celosia, chrysanthemum, seedum, lisanthus

Favorite Fall Flowers (After some Frost)
Asters, Ornamental Cabbage, Sunflowers, Cosmo, Snapdragon, Bachelor Buttons, grasses, helenium, parsley, weigela

The Fall Color palette- warm yellow, orange and red

A weird and wacky arrangement made for a table. Black Lace Elderberry's dramatic foliage makes this pink and green combination pop.

I like this arrangement, but it is not perfect. The vase as a skinny section, and with the thick stems of dahlias, it doesn't leave much room for anything else. You live, learn and arrange.
Enjoy Autumn,

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Vase Party- What do you need to start?

 When getting into arranging flowers, it is easy to run out and start buying every single vase you have ever seen. Slow down! Here's some things to think about before splurging.

It is good to have an assortment of :
Bud vases or single stem vases for precious flowers
A few Table vases- ones about 4-6inches in height- and when arranged can sit in the middle of the table. The mason jar is a good size indicator.
A few fancier, wider opening vases. The crystal vase is beautiful and has room for more stems in it, to make a fancy, complicated arrangement for around the house.
Taller working vases- (You can have the fancy version to these instead) But tall flowers and branches need taller vases that have some weight in the base to keep from toppling over.

Colorwise- I prefer clear glass, neutrals, like milk glass, green glass. But if you find something you LOVE, get it too. You can make it work:)

There is more detail about vase choice in our book, From Seed to Centerpiece- A floral journey through the seasons. Published by Nimbus Publishing.


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Floral CSA 2019- Celebrate 5 years with 2018 Pricing!!

Spring is officially here, and things are starting to grow! We wanted to celebrate Our FIFTH Year of our Floral CSA- with 2018 pricing!! I had no idea how wonderful, colorful or loved our CSA would be so Thank YOU!!
Let the Dream of flowers come true by signing up for our Floral CSA Today!

It's easy!
1. Pick your location
2. Pick your package
& email us

2019 Packages
Wednesday pick ups for :
Local Source, HFX & The Farm- Steam Mill, Annapolis Valley, Hantsport at Color Me Conscious

A)  Spring Session *(Biweekly) 4 weeks   $95                    May 8th – June 19th
A) Spring Session* (8 weeks) $156                                   May 8th – June 26th

B) Flower Aficionado ( 24 weeks) $388                          May 8th- October 16th
C) Flower Lover (Biweekly) ( 12 weeks) $226              May 8th - October 9th
D) Summer Aficionado (16 weeks) $277                      July 3th – October 16th

E) Summer Lover Biweekly (8 weeks) $171                July 3th – October 9th

Includes a Dried Flower Bouquet, which comes out in November 14th. It is a great way to keep the flower love during the off season! (*excluding the Spring only Packages)

Bedford, Dartmouth & Tantallon

Wednesday drop off's to Bedford & Dartmouth and Tantallon from 2pm-7pm
The drop off locations are: 
Tantallon- Cornerstone Naturopathic  
Bedford- TBA
Dartmouth at Blended Athletics
Dried Bouquets are an extra pick up November 14th.

A) Weekly Bouquets (20 weeks) = $342                                 June 5th- October 16th
B) Biweekly Bouquets (10 weeks) = $201                              June 5th- October 9th

Love, your flower farmer, Amanda

P.S. This makes a great present for Mother's Day!! 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Everlasting Flowers for Everlasting Love

Try Dried Flowers this Valentine's Day for your Love.
It can be hard to really enjoy dried flowers when the fresh flowers are still available. People tend to judge the dried as 'lesser than' the fresh version, but it is not true! I have always loved dried flowers, and I grow more and expand each year. The ability to dry so many types, create so many color combinations and do so many different crafts are just icing on the cake.
Flowers we love to dry:
Herbs! Strawflowers,  larkspur, nigella, zinnia, lavender, statice
A nice dramatic coloring of sunflower, strawflower and shiso

Soft and feminie- Larkspur, statice, nigella

Making wreaths- greenery like eucalyptus, sage and lavender & strawflower

A detail of pretty strawflower, lavender, nigella, lunaria on a eucalyptus base.

Lavender, nigella and sage

Zinnia, scabiosa, immortelle, commercial roses, sea lavender

Drieds add so much to a household. They can be kept for a long time until they need refreshing. Best to keep out of direct sunlight to protect from fading. Drieds are brittle, so you should also hang or keep them in areas out of high traffic and away from curious paws and fingers.
We have colorful bouquets and wreaths available at Color Me Conscious Shop in Hantsport 14060 Hwy 1, Hants Border