A rainy day harvest

Thanks to everyone who signed up early to receive a bunch of spring blooms! My farm partner, Boone dog, was very excited about splashing around in the puddles while I harvested quickly in between heavy rains.  Once I brought the bucket of blooms back to the studio to arrange into bouquets, I was also feeling excited about sharing these special ones with you!

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For those of you who received the spring bunch, I present to you the names of these April/May flowers who beautifully brave the rollercoaster of spring’s rainy mornings, hot afternoons, and cool evenings:

Lily- the big, white bloom in the bunch 

Cloud Larkspur- the airy, bushy stem with little purple flowers

Campanula- the purple and/or pink, cup-like flowers

Baptisia- the yellow, multi-flowered stem

Nigella- the white or purple/blue flower with spiky, wiry pods

Poppy- the tissue paper-like flower (pink, yellow, or orange)

Peony- the big, fluffy white/pink bloom

Now, I know many of you may already be familiarized with some of these so I’ll go into a little more detail on one of my new favorites of the bunch since it is my first year growing it.

Nigella. Nigella exists within the family of Ranunculaceae, as does Hellebore, Ranunculus, and Clematis.  It’s amazing to think about the ways that one plant can evolve into many different, unique groups but yet still all be related to one another.  Another common name that it goes by is “Love-in-a-mist.” The species of Nigella sativa, which varies slightly from the popular cut flower species of Nigella damascena, is used as a spice in some countries and alternately called black cumin. I’m curious to see what kind of flower the sativa version makes and what kind of flavor the damascena seed version has.  (However, I won’t personally recommend you eat it.) Eventually any uncut Nigella flowers will go to seed and make a unique-looking seedpod that you may find in one of your CSA bouquets later this summer.

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At the farm, we sowed our Nigella last fall and covered it with metal hoops and fabric over the winter.  It doesn’t mind the cold and is able to get a good start early in the spring!  In the few weeks that I’ve become more familiar with Nigella, it has become one of my spring favorites because of its sturdy, fern-like foliage.

Well, I think that’s all the information I’ll throw at you for now.  Get ready for your first official bouquet and journal entry Tuesday, July  7th!  In the meantime, here is a picture of Boone after helping me harvest in the rain. (loving shoutout to our favorite Corries)

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