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Flowers, weeds, and colors
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Pick your own flowers!
We tried something new this week: pick your own flowers.
Pretty sure it’s the first time we’ve ever done pick your own anything. We’ve always been a bit too… “My way is the only way” to let others in the fields. But, it went great. Everyone seemed to have a good time and the plants didn’t get crushed. So we’ve got two more days set for next week: Wednesday 7/12 and Saturday 7/15.
Wednesday is supposed to be disgustingly hot, so it’s just a few hours in the morning. And there’s limited parking on Saturday, so there are just a few spots available each time slot.
So select your date and time, grab your scissors and a bucket, and come on out. Your $15 ticket allows you to cut up to 40 stems of snapdragons, lisianthus, calendula, rudbeckia, and dahlias (maximum of 10 dahlias per person please).
FYI: 40 stems is a lot. You can easily make 3 bunches of flowers from that – 1 to give away and 2 for you. Or if you’re generous, 2 to give away and 1 for you.
The flowers are doing pretty well with the cycle of heat and rain. Fortunately, we have the rows well mulched, so the weeds are not doing so well there.
Unfortunately, we didn’t mulch some other fields as well, so it turned into a bit of a weedy jungle in some spots.
But weeds are just a fact of life when growing. Sometimes they’re small, sometimes you stay on top of it weeding… and sometimes the weeds take over and you have to play catch up. It is all okay.
Last week it was hard to discern the weeds from the crops but this week we pulled a lot and can now see the rows.
(reminder about the etiquette on weeds: you can talk about your own weeds as much as you want, but mums the word on the weeds other people have)
Minor rant about naming techniques incoming:
I really wish the people who come up with plant names would get together and learn their colors.
Basil: there is your typical green-leaved basil, that’s fine. It’s green and it’s called green. No issues there. And then there is purple-leaved basil. Is the basil that is purple-colored called purple though? No. It’s red. It’s called red basil.
What about blue lisianthus flowers? Are they blue? No. They’re purple. And not like a bluish-purple or anything. They’re purple purple. If you were to look up the definition of purple in the dictionary, a picture of a purple-colored lisianthus would fit right in.
Like, when it came time to name, did the powers that be specifically look for colorblind people??
Ok. I’m done. Thanks for reading my TedTalk.
Some seasonal inspiration:
PS: Look at this awesome perennial planter that Matt made. Really makes me wish I was the kind of person who watered their plants. Alas, I am not.
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