Easter Charm

I love everything about Easter: the lamb, the girls in pretty dresses, the golden eggs.
If you do too, stop in at the shop which is full of goodies from the farm (daffodils, a few early herbs, the prettiest tulips) as well as Maison Bouche Easter chocolate and Kata Golda’s adorable bunny puppets, eggs, and little cups. Or call the shop at 206-682-3111 to order Easter arrangements.Oh, and I’ve got two more Garden Design posts up:

One on yellow arrangements and another on designing with succulents. These are so much fun to write and photograph.

Finally there’s a great story in the May issue of Food and Wine magazine about the Melrose Market. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in the market.

Felt and Flower Classes

We are thrilled to announce that local artist Kata Golda is coming to Marigold and Mint to teach a felt class on Wednesday, March 16th. The class will be making stuffed bunnies; materials and tools are included, no experience is necessary, and of course you get to take your Easter bunny home. From 6 – 9:30pm in the shop; limit 6 students. A week later, on Wednesday, March 23rd, we will be teaching a spring flower arranging class. Also in the evening. Limit 8.

To save your spot call the shop (206-682-3111) or email us (info@marigoldandmint.com). Each class costs $100.

Valentine Flowers

Time to place your orders for Valentine’s Day! Arrangements for delivery start at $50.

Consider including some Maison Bouche or Cocoa chocolates too. We can be reached at the shop (206-682-3111) during the day between 10 and 7 or email us (info@marigoldandmint.com) anytime.

Underwater

Mid-January has brought the flood. My stellar farm employee Shondell tried to get out to the farm on Monday to check on things, but said she couldn’t get there, having forgotten her arc. What you are seeing in the above photo is the view from the high road, looking down onto the submerged farm road and the edge of the flower field.

My daughter and I ventured out today, two days later, to see how or if things had settled. The bridge we normally take over the river and across the valley was still underwater so we forged on, driving north and across the valley at a higher road, and then back down through Duvall to get to the farm.

Like Shondell, we still couldn’t drive into the farm, the first section of the entry road being rutted and torn apart by the water. Luckily there were 6 guys working on fixing that. Slipping on our boots (which would prove to fail at least one of us), Vivian and I walked the fields. The beds were scoured, with silt and gravel washed through them. The good news is that the vast number of our bulbs didn’t seem to have moved significantly. The bad news is that the top layer of soil was washed away on these beds and so Shondell and I will need to move in and start covering things back up and pressing them down in. We lost a few precious peonies, and maybe three dozen new perennials. But it could have been a lot worse.

As long as we get the bulbs and perennials settled, what I am most worried about are some roses standing in water.

As for our walk through the fields? It ended with our boots stuck in the mud, Vivian pulling her feet out and stepping silver sparkling stockinged feet into the earth, falling forward, falling backward, and getting mud on her nose. And then she had to head to singing club!

Before leaving we checked on the hoophouse and discovered that January has brought something lovely, too: our first anemone blooms.

 

Snow for Thanksgiving

The wind is rattling the windows at my house. It’s dark and snowy in Seattle and I am sitting here thinking about the fields. The wind must be whipping though the frosty grasses. The dirt must be frozen clods. How is that young cover crop surviving? I am so glad that Shondell and I finished planting all 8,800 bulbs earlier this month. This time last year, we hadn’t even started digging the trenches (we were really behind). We still need to mulch the peonies and roses, but for now the snow can keep weeds at bay. And the cold keeps the flood risk down — for now. I hope the ranunculus and anemones in the hoop house are ok. This is my first year planting them and I’m not sure if I am supposed to be running out there in freezing weather to coddle them. They looked beautiful last week:

 

 

With all this weather, I am especially grateful that Adam and Megan at Oxbow got ahead of things and got produce out of the fields and to the shop today. We will have carrots, parsnips, potatoes, cabbage, parsley and shallots, among other Thanksgiving vegetables for Tuesday and Wednesday before the holiday. Whew.

On Saturday Josh and the kids and I visited another kind of garden, the Conservatory in Volunteer Park. The chrysanthemums on display will forever change your mind about the flower. And they even had a few cut ones for sale, which I had to buy because it was my birthday and I knew no one would buy a flower farmer flowers.