These are just some snapshots of the flower field this week. The zinnias are in full swing with their cheery blooms. We are picking as much of this bounty as we can to bring to the Pasco Farmer's Market this Saturday.
The flower field is going strong with almost every variety in bloom now. We have been selling at the Pasco Farmer's Market and bulk orders straight off the farm. If you need some flowers for a big event feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don't be surprised if posting here on the blog gets more sparse---you can follow me on instagram for more snippets like these.
This year I ended up with 78 tomatoes in the ground. While I am impatiently waiting for them to turn ripe I thought I would do a quick update on what all I had planted. See last years tomato map in this post.
Row 1: 2 tomatillos, 1 indigo rose, 3 honeybee, 6 sungreen, and 24 sungold tomatoes.
2: One each of cherokee chocolate, solar flare, brandywine, persimmon
orange, green zebra, cherokee purple, old german, german pink, and
speckled roman tomato. 4 early girl, 4 grandenero, 9 suncherry, 10
sungreen and 8 sunpeach tomatoes.
A few sungolds and suncherries have ripened, and I am hoping for enough to bring to Pasco's Farmer's Market this Saturday. Bring on tomato season! Even my husband is asking how soon we can have BTLs.
I almost didn't post these photos because things don't quite look how I wish they did. I got straw down on the first few pathways, but I fell behind on the rest and ended up with a bit of weed jungle. But I am daily attacking the weeds so just ignore them and focus on the progress of all the lovely plants.
I will be honest, these aren't colors I am normally drawn to, but once I started I really liked the fresh country garden feel it invoked; which makes sense given this arrangement incorporated several edibles.
Composed of snapdragons, yarrow, feverfew, allium, dill, cupids dart, raspberry foliage and spirea foliage.
I have made plenty of mistakes with these plants, partially because they are earlier than most everything else, but also because I don't have much experience growing snapdragons in general. But these tough beauties have thrived in spite of me, producing second and even third flushes of show-stopping flowers. I have fallen in love with the open-faced snapdragon and I would certainly plant them again.
We purchased a color mix of seed from Osborne Seeds and I especially love the peach, orange and pink blooms. They are visually stunning flowers; intriguing people with their unfamiliar shape and delighting them with their bold, trendy colors. The peach and orange especially have the most beautiful ombre fade as they bloom. They really make a statement just by themselves.
Ideally, next year I would be more prepared and get at least some of the crop in early with row covers. I am ashamed to admit that they didn't even get support netting either which resulted in many wasted stems from wind damage, so next year support is a must. Snapdragons display very obvious geotropism, which refers to the way their growing tips always point up in response to gravity. It can make for some crazy crooked stems when they fall over. It is also very entertaining to watch when you bring them inside in a vase.
I had no problem getting long stems, but I am sure an experienced grower could get even longer stems easily. I think the open-faced Chantilly snapdragons are a great flower that is worth growing for market but also just home enjoyment. I remember a seeing garden plan once that included several rows of cutting flowers in alongside the veggies and these would be an ideal flower to incorporate into the garden to give some food for the eyes on your table as well.