May 29, 2015
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 as spring turns to summer. 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 during the farm’s peak season!
terrain: What time did you start your day?
Jennie: Still rising and shining around 6 AM these days, though with the unseasonable heat wave we've been having here in Philadelphia, we're getting started earlier and earlier in the field to get our harvests done before it's too hot.
terrain: What color is most prevalent in the fields at the moment?
Jennie: There are a lot of citrus tones-- yellow, orange, peach, and coral-- since those are the predominant colors in the poppies, ranunculus, and baptisia. There’s a fair amount of purple, too.
terrain: What's blooming right now?
Jennie: We're about a week into peony season now, and it's already one of the best I've seen! We're also at peak bloom for our Icelandic poppies. The bearded iris is coming on nicely, and baptisia in shades of purple and yellow are in full force. We've got about a week left of ranunculus and anemones before we pull them out and plant another crop in their place. It was an amazing year for both flowers, and I'll be sad to see them go. Viburnum and spirea are just about to finish up, too. Their season is never long enough! Bachelor buttons, lupine, cerinthe, and agrostemma have all just had their first harvests, with many more to come over the next several weeks.
terrain: What's about to bloom?
Jennie: Feverfew, larkspur, buplerum, and dianthus are budded up. The sweet peas have put out a few blooms already, but they'll really get going in the next week or two. Several more varieties of peonies will pop, too. While not a "bloom," we'll start harvesting baby peaches and plums on the branch to use in centerpieces. They're so cute!