It's a new year full of new beginnings!
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Farm Update
Hello friends,
Happy New Year! If you're new to this mailing list, welcome! In this email you'll find updates about my family, farm, and what flowers are in bloom and where you can find them. I also try to include a gardening tip each month.
2018 is sure to be an exciting year for us here on the farm! I'm just about done with the year's plans. At the end of December and beginning of January, I take a good week to evaluate the previous year and to plan the upcoming one. I create a list of all the seeds I want to order, a succession planting plan, a big list of goals and a projected profit and loss sheet. Seed starting will soon begin and flowers corms, bulbs, tubers and plugs are soon to arrive in the mail. I'm planning to get a small greenhouse put up over the next week or two for seed starting and growing specialty flowers like ranunculus and Icelandic poppies. Our guest room and kitchen table is getting a little too small for all my babies. There are so many exciting things that are just about to happen! This maybe my favorite time of year. Ah, the potential!!!
I'm diving into goals and planning. Some are big and exciting and some, like this one, are more internal and intentional.
The 2018 Bouquet Subscription signup is now open.
Pre-Paying for a bouquet subscription helps me plan and prepare for the upcoming season. It is a CSA - “Community Shared Agriculture” where you buy your flowers directly from the farmer as opposed to a retailer. This method benefits you in freshness as well as supports this small flower farm. This year I'm offering 3 full-season options. Choose from a monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly subscription.
Subcriptions begin in June and continue through October. Flowers will be available for delivery from Independence to Pittsburg and available for pick-up in Parsons, Oswego and Pittsburg.  For my flower friends in Lawrence and Topeka I am only providing the monthly subscription. To get all the details and pre-order today, click the button below.
Pre-Order Today
New Beginnings!
If you know about my family you know that we have three beautiful and spunky daughters. They are 5, 4 and 2 years old.  At the beginning of the fall we found out that baby number 4 was on the way! I am both delighted and a little overwhelmed with the thought of 4 babies. On Thursday my husband took the day off work to come along with me to my 20 week sonogram. Keep in mind that this man has wanted a son since he was a teenager. He loves his daughters and is more than willing to teach them to hunt and trap and build things if they are willing to learn, but that hasn't changed his desire for a son.  In the past we have not found out the gender of our children or kept it a secret just between us. This time we were both eager to know the gender. In the appointment my husband was noticeably nervous and quiet.  We would be delighted either way, and our daughters were rooting for another girl. They insisted a baby brother would "drink all of their eggnog!" They wouldn't have that!
After the sonogram technician told us the gender, my husband was quiet and awkward. He always insists that we tell absolutely no one the gender, because it ruins the surprise.  That said shortly after we got home from the doctor's office He pulled out his phone and videoed the girls. He told them the new baby was going to drink all of their eggnog! They were confused at first, but soon understood.  Then we had to FaceTime the grandparents. 
If you haven't figured it out yet baby #4 is a boy! We are very excited, and the girls are warming up to the idea of a baby brother. 

Where will you find flowers in 2018?

Due to the arrival of baby brother, I will not be doing weekly pop-up stands at Remnant Cafe.  However, you will still be able to find my flowers there on a weekly basis. This year I will have bouquets for sale at Remnant Cafe in Parsons and Root Coffeehouse in Pittsburg.  Instead of spending the day at the shop I will leave bouquets there and you can pay for them at the cash register. These shops will also be pick-up locations for bouquet subscriptions. I still hope to hang around and chat for a bit when I drop off the bouquets.
Tip of the month!
Dream Big and Start Small!
Unless you have a high tunnel or caterpillar tunnels ,there's not much you can do in the garden this time of year.  It's much more fun to curl up with a notebook, calendar, and all the seed catalogs, then start dreaming! A beautiful garden begins with a tiny seed and big dreams!
An Amazing Opportunity
This January marks the first official month of my 2 year mentorship with Ethan of Wild Goose Gardens in Osceola, MO. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to gain wisdom from a seasoned cut flower grower! You can follow Wild Goose Gardens @wildgoosegardens on Instagram. The mentorship program is through the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. If you are a flower grower or want to be one, and you aren't a member of this organization, I highly recommend that you join. They have the absolute best resources available for the industry and provide amazing community!
Daffodils and Tulips will be blooming before you know it!
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