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On the Farm, March 2022

March on the farm is the beginning of our seed sowing marathon and a race to get seedlings started and ready for the ground in time for the last frost, successively sowing and potting on for the next 2 months so that we can have a range of flowers all season. The tiny green shots of snapdragon, sweet pea, sunflower, ammi, dara, strawflower, and gypsophila reach skyward, bending their spindly bodies towards the sun, almost in prayer. Tulip, narcissi, hyacinth, and fritillary shoots push out of the soil. Muscari and iris flowers appear, blue as biro pen ink. Everything suddenly feels alive and urgent. It's a busy month, the daylight elongates making us feel more productive and energised. Towards the end of the month, we have enough flowers to begin supplying our orders and so the season begins. Harvesting, sowing, weeding, watering, checking; many labours, many loves.

Snapdragon seedlings


The first muscari of the year


Narcissi shoots, buds to follow


Young lupin foliage with tiny water droplets in the early morning


The hairy fronds of perennial poppy foliage


Angelica shoots


Last year's grasses


Tulip shoots, like rolled tongues


Hyacinth buds showing a little colour and promise


Sweet rocket we transferred from the polytunnel, hoping it will be happier outside


Achillea, getting ready


Roses pruned and fed


Ranunculus bulking up by the day


Anemones, slowly emerging


Iris flowering happily


Satisfaction is a day spent sowing thousands of seeds


Sunflowers, their first 'true leaves' emerging from a seed case


Hyacinths, from bud to full flower in less than a month


The blossom of our plum tree, putting on a beautiful show against the blue sky


The first flower buckets and carts heading into the studio





The male catkins of "Florist's Willow", full of pollen


Geese migrations across the sky


Rows of muscari, ready to cut




Blue sunflower seeds, winning first prize for most idiosyncratic seed


Narcissi, from tiny shoot to full flower in just one month, ready to cut in the sunshine




This is the beauty of non-imported, naturally grown garden flowers, no two flowers are ever the same!

 









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