Flower CSA: Week one, July 11th

To kick off the first entry of this year’s flower csa journal, I’d like to first thank all you sweet flower-loving folks who chose to become members of From Blossoms CSA. Your support and enthusiasm has made it possible for me to do work that I love and am passionate about. From the beginning it has been my goal:

  • to support local flower farmers by buying their flowers and distributing them,
  • to share knowledge and information on the flowers (in an attempt to nurture familiarity with and appreciation for the natural world), and
  • to create an opportunity (for myself + others) to be inspired.

I hope that as members, you are able to benefit from any or all of these intentions over the next 5 weeks. Thanks for being a willing participant!


 

Now, onto the more interesting, colorful part of the journal entry… One of the reasons why From Blossoms CSA is different than most other flower csa’s is that most of the flowers that go into the bouquets are grown by other flowers farmers! I source all my flowers from local flower farms and have the fun job of going to multiple locations and creating bouquets based on what’s blooming during the weeks of the csa. For me it’s a fun challenge to try and create the optimal color palette for a bouquet based on what’s available and blooming. I hope you enjoy this week’s selection of locally-grown flowers.

In this week’s bouquet (so many things!!) :

Ammi

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Some of the ammi in your bouquets is flowering and some is starting to go to seed (on the right, in the photo above). I love the texture and shape of the seed clumps and had to include them!

Celosia

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Delphinium

IMG_8841Something/someone I think about when I see delphinium now is this one (below) by Rebecca Louise Law. I find her flower work to be incredibly inspiring.REBECCA_LOUISE_LAW2

Dianthus

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Echinacea

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Feverfew

IMG_8842.jpg I’m not a huge fan of the scent of these little cutie flowers, but they’re a prolific grower even in poor soil. So if you want something pretty and easy to grow to tuck into your flower bed, I’d definitely recommend it. Also, there are different varieties to choose from, including a pale lemon-y one and double varieties.

Purple Basil

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Rudbeckia

IMG_8826.jpgThese come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors this week and they’re longer-lasting in the vase than most flowers.

Scabiosa or “pincushion flower”

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Strawflower

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Zinnia

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This antique-y pink variety called “Queen lime red” has been popular with florists in the past few years.


 

As the journals progress, you’ll find that there will be some repeat flowers and occasional new introductions. I hope that as you take your flowers home and check this journal every week, you’ll become more familiar with the names and qualities of some of the summer flowers that can be grown in this locale. I hope these flowers bring a nice glow into your space this week!

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  1. Celosia looks so much like ocean coral to me, what’s her story?

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    • Well, Nikki, there are many different species of celosia. The three main kinds are cristata (crested), plumosa (plumed), and spicata (spiked). The one that has been showing up in the first two weeks of bouquets is the cristata (crested) variety. It really does look a lot like ocean coral. The really fat and wide ones often remind people of a brain. Celosia is in the same family as amaranthus too. (maybe you’ve eaten or prepared the amaranth grain before?) Thanks for asking.

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