Mum's The Word 5/12/23

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   Okay, that title only works if your British, but I’m writing this near midnight and I’m bad at titles, so let's just get into it.        A year’s worth of planning and over half a year’s worth of work has all culminated this week into 5 Fedex vans full of bouquets and flower bundles heading off to Moms and loved ones around the country over the last 3 days.  One of the best parts of this job is to be a conduit for expressions of love, gratitude, or even sympathy from one person to another.  It truly is a fortunate place to be.  A real honor and it definitely fills our hearts.    This week is always intense for us and there...

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Smell the Roses 5/5/23

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   Hello hello.  It appears that the last glorious days of true spring are upon us here in North Georgia and the great southern calvary of mosquitos riding on the backs of cicadas will be here in short order.  It has been a fabulous run and despite almost being in the 90’s back in March, it’s been surprisingly cool through April into early May and actually hit 38 yesterday.   We’ve appreciated every minute of it, but I guess an El Niño summer is a coming, so maybe send a fruit basket to your HVAC guy just in case.    The honeysuckle that’s been generating deep heartfelt smiles are just about done blooming, and the roses are becoming my go to fix...

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Reaping the Benefits of Interplanting

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  Happy almost weekend y’all!  A little rainy lately, but the cooler temps have been delightful.  I for one am happy to work in a light rain in April with temps in the 60’s and 70’s even if it means heavy jeans and soggy socks.  It feels like a gift to have a real shoulder season, unencumbered by immediate and persistent heat and mosquitos.   I’ve been spending part of each morning and evening harvesting the peonies in what is the most gardeny portion of our farm.  You can see a bit of it from the window of our farm store.  This section of the farm slopes down almost in the shape of a bowl, down towards the woods and if you...

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Things to Come 4/21/23

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  Good afternoon!  Has the pecan pollen been messing with you Georgians as much as it has with us?  Everyone here is all sorts of allergic to it.   Mandy and I are rushing out the door to bring the tractor and a van load of plants over to her folks place to move their garden from an over-shaded area into the sun and into raised boxes, so I’ll be a bit brief as we need to harvest and prep the team before we head out.   We’ve started doing garden party bouquets for delivery to your door, so if you have an event that needs a big burst of colorful cheer, we’ve got you covered! Order Here!   Mother’s day bouquets will go...

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And So It Goes 4/14/23

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And so it goes.  The maples have all turned green.  The lunaria’s purple flowers have turned into silver dollars studded with partially formed seeds.  The viburnums’ snowballs have melted. The ranunculus are breathing their last.  Butterfly Ranunculus too.  (Speaking of which, I saw our first monarch the other day.  Always a treat.)  The carpenter bees are attempting to undo 13 years of my efforts, rafter by rafter.  The dogs and cats are adorable as ever.  The guinea that found itself tangled in bailing twine from the neighbor’s field is doing quite well.  I guess I should tell that story.   Last week, Kali saw a guinea that looked like its shoelaces were tied together.  Being expert biologists, Mandy and I knew...

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Another Busy Week 4/7/23

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  I’m late to this, so it’ll be brief.  Busy week. Thank y’all for celebrating Easter, Passover, and Ramadan with our Spring flowers!  We sent out a ton of beautiful flowers this week, but we’ve still got more beauty to share, so we’ll be having a flower sale in the store tomorrow.  It’s gonna be stormy, but if you wanna pick up some last minute flowers for the holiday meals, we’ll be doing a buy 2, get 1 free sale in the store this Saturday only!  Ranunculus are almost done for the year, so if you want those beautiful cheery flowers in your home brightening spirits, come get 'em now!   Speaking of the store, the plant sale was a...

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Humming Along 3/31/23

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Flowers are back!  The poppy plants are looking happy again and are producing beautiful flowers, so we have you covered with gift boxes and poppy bundles for Easter and Passover next week!!    We’ve also got a ton of beautiful ranunculus and we’re expecting a bunch of the Potomac Snapdragons to be ready for harvest next week too!  All 3 flowers are bright and festive for your holiday table and you can grab some here before they sell out: Click Here!   Easter/Passover is the 2nd biggest week for flowers each year and things do tend to sell out quickly, so if you want flowers, head over there now and read this later.  We won’t be doing bouquets this year. ...

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Bouncing Back from the Cold 3/24/23

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Well, the plant sale is off to a great start!  Everything is robust and healthy and ready for transplanting.  Minus a couple of frost bit tips on a few of the perennials, the plants look the healthiest of any year we’ve done the plant sale, so we are quite pleased!    There is still time to place an order and we have tons of healthy plants available, so if you already placed an order, but wanted to add something else, go ahead and place another order and just send us an email alerting us to that fact and we’ll gladly combine your orders or help you reschedule your pickup if need be.     If you do get an astilbe, spirea,...

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! 3/17/23

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  My dad’s parents grew up in county Kerry Ireland and that beautiful green island holds a special spot in my heart.  My grandfather, Patrick O’Shea, was born on St. Patrick’s day and spent much of his adult life as a bagpiper and a cable car driver in San Francisco.  I’ve been listening to an old record of him singing an a cappella song about longing to visit the cottage he grew up in.  He did eventually go back in the 60’s and took my dad when he was about 10 years old.       My dad took us to that cottage in 2018 and it was beautiful.  We found out while there, that his grandmother used to grow...

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Full and Grateful 3/10/23

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We’re finally getting some cooler weather again.  Spring came on virtually all at once and fully burst everything wide open.  Purple splashes of lunaria are starting to spot the landscape.  The anthocyanin rich baby leaves of the Japanese Maple are just embers of the fire they’ll soon be.  The blossoms have all fallen off the peach, plum, and pear trees. The winter honeysuckle is fragrant no more.  The grass is tall and the tulip poplars and oaks have started to bud out. Clouds of yellow pollen are being puffed out in big exhalations from every species of tree imaginable. The catkins are long and thick with it.  Our lungs are heavy with it. Eyes irritated and heads full. The solar...

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