This week the garden has come alive with the flowers of blooming bulbs like this sweet little one that is in the Fairy Garden. There are many different blooms from dwarf iris to daffodils and lots of others. Very cheerful!
All the seeds for new field seed crops are finally planted. Ideally, I would have gotten them planted in winter near the holidays, or even in late fall, but life gets in the way sometimes and things must happen at their own pace. In any case, the seeds are planted now and very soon the little plugs will be ready for Chris to transplant into the flower seed crop production field. There are other plants ready for him to plant that we held over from last summer and these will be planted in the field very soon, as they are all ready.
Any flat with an orange tag is a field crop flat.
So, with all that in mind, Chris has been hard at work getting the field ready for those new plantings. Old crops that are no longer needed for production are being removed, like this planting of Penstemon pinifolius ‘Mersea Yellow’. The weed barrier must be removed, the plants dug out, manure will be added to this part of the field to nourish the soil before the next perennial seed crop is planted in April or May. It’s a lot of very hard work! Of course, you can see from Chris’ expression that he is taking it in good humor, and Shrek has been keeping him company through every step of the process. He thinks that is his job, and he’s right.
Some of the plants that Chris has removed from the seed field have been recycled into our gardens around our house like this sporabilis grass. This is a tall beautiful grass that will be a nice complement to our new house stucco repair, plus the birds will enjoy the seed heads in late summer.
My life right now is all about greenhouse work and getting the Farm Stand ready to open for our Open Farm Days coming at the end of April. The ladies who work with me in the greenhouse, Lizz, Carol, Elisa and Morgan, have all been equally busy. Our days are very full and we end them feeling exhausted, but knowing that we have gotten a lot of good work accomplished.
So, with that, I’ll say goodnight until next week when I’ll be back with more news.