News from the Flower Farm

Last week of August 2018

A day of harvest like today’s encourages forgiveness – of smoky days, of blistering heat, for burning our plants and wearing us out. Today it was love all over again …

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In bloom this week!

These days I’d like to sit and make garlands, yards and yards of marigold strands preparing for a special occasion.  And then I’d send send up prayers for clear skies, safe places and a whole night of gentle rain.

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It’s summer in the fields

When I see the dahlias in their protected houses slow down production to survive a few weeks of intense heat and the fields counter by bursting into rich textured color, I know we have arrived — it’s summer.  Wearing our gas masks we harvested all day to fill the flower truck.  Then by evening time we plugged it into its electrical outlet and smelled sweet goodness as the flowers cooled down.  There’s hope and abundance after all.

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This week in the smoke

As we hold our breath, cross our fingers and hope, in these times of terrifying mega-fires, I think of each of you delivering comfort and colors to our neighbors, homes, businesses and in celebration of life’s special occasions.

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A hot week on the farm!

We pick flowers twice a week, every week, from 4 farm sites in the Rogue Valley gathering the harvest at the end our day into our trusty refrigerated flower truck.  We plug the truck into a big electric outlet and can almost hear the flowers sigh with relief as they release their field heat.

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July 9-13 on the farm

While we patiently wait for the “big” summer crops to start blooming (marigolds, amaranths, celosias, etc.), there’s certainly much bounty coming home from the fields.

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American Grown Flowers Week at Le Mera Gardens

This week we are joining in the effort to promote the diversity of flowers grown on our own home turf by participating in American Flowers Week https://americanflowersweek.com/category/american-flowers-week-2018/.  The plan is for Isabella of www.jacklilyfloral.com to pair up with our parent farm, Fry Family Farm, to create a large scale installation made entirely with our farm grown flowers and greens. 

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Summer Solstice

The summer solstice arrived and all of a sudden there’s not a square inch of space left anywhere on the flower truck — it’s so full! And the sunflowers are here 🙂

Our lovely garden roses are coming to an end this week, goodbye roses. But then, as if on cue, the dahlias have stepped in sending long sturdy stems and developing nice fat buds. We moved all our dahlia plants around this wintertime in an effort to run away from the pervasive problem of spider mites which seems to hit them every month of August. Some growers who choose to grow their dahlias under cover as we do have given up on dahlias altogether because of this nasty bug — but we are far from giving up!

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