Have you ever received a bouquet of flowers or bought fresh cut blooms at the market and thought about where those flowers came from? In our latest installment of Notes from the Field, we’re taking a peek at life on a local flower farm when spring is in full swing. Specializing in “seed to centerpiece designs,” as well as workshops and a budding Plant Share program, Love 'n Fresh Flowers is not only a thriving florist, but a full-fledged flower farm as well. Owner Jennie Love will be checking in with us throughout the year to share what life on the farm is really like. Read on to learn more about what Jennie is up to this time of year!
terrain: What time did you start your day?
Jennie: The sun is coming up earlier and earlier these days, so I'm up and rolling by around 6 AM.
terrain: What color is most prevalent in the fields at the moment?
Jennie: The grass is finally lush green, so the field looks alive again. All the spring flowering trees are bursting with colors. The cherry, apple, and pear trees are all pink and white, while the dogwoods that surround the field are a buttery yellow at the moment. The tulips are at their peak, adding even more color, including cheerful yellow, intense coral, and the palest of blush and spring green. The hoop houses are bursting with anemone and ranunculus blooms in deep orange, vibrant blue-purple, rich merlot, plum, and soft peach. The fritillaria and hellebores are in smoky purples and antiqued greens. Long story short: we are in living color these days!
terrain: What's blooming right now?
Jennie: So much! Tulips, muscari, hellebore, fritillaria, flowering branches galore, ranunculus, anemones, narcissus, hyacinth, and the very first hummingbird poppies. No matter how many seasons I've been doing this flower farming thing, I'm forever amazed at how quickly we can go from zero to sixty with blooms in spring.