Tulips, Turkeys and Dahlias

It's November! Really it's almost December. Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is creeping up on us. This month on the farm we planted about a thousand daffodils and tulips and began digging and storing dahlia tubers.  As a family this month we've gone to ballet lessons, celebrated our middle daughter's 4th birthday, hosted a "Friendsgiving", spent time with family and put up a sweet little handpicked Christmas tree. It's been a very full month of rest and abundance. I am looking forward to snuggling up on the couch next to the tree  with fire in the fireplace thumbing through seed catalogs and planning the upcoming season.

All the Flowers

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. In honor of all things little 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 that goes from June to October. For my flower friends in Lawrence and Topeka I am only providing the monthly subscription.  To get all the details on how you can signup for a subscription for yourself or a friend click the button below that says "Learn More".  Flowers all season long make a great Christmas gift for any loved one.
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Tulips and Daffodils!

This month with the help of my husband and a dear friend we planted roughly 1,000 tulips and daffodils. These will be some of the very first blooms available in 2018 so be sure to keep your eyes out for updates on their arrival! We planted fancy tulip varieties in shades of pink, white, peach and apricot. As for daffodils they will pop up with ruffles and doubled and have a heavenly scent! Some will even be pink!

Tulip Tip

Professional cut flower growers treat tulips like an annual. One bulb, one flower, done. When growing them this way they can be planted so close they are almost touching. If you want to pick tulips in your garden be sure to leave the leaves so the bulb can store up energy for the next year.

Storing Dahlias

After the first hard frost I began digging up dahlias to store for the spring. Dahlias make new tubers during the growing season and can be divided in the spring or fall to make new plants.  After digging your dahlias they will need to be washed and allowed to dry before storing. Store tubers in a cool place in a medium such as peat moss or saw dust that is slightly moist but not wet or damp.  Tubers must be kept cool to keep them from sprouting, but cannot freeze. Check the tubers every few weeks to make sure they haven't dried out or become moldy. They can be planted in the spring when there's no change of the ground freezing. 

Happy Holidays and Happy Growing!
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