2018 Can it almost be over?

Whoops-Did it again. Too long between blog posts. Its life. It gets in the way and there is never enough time.

But today I am making time. You see my season is coming to an end, and I thought this was a good time to make a review in photos. So I put together pictures of my flower field this growing season, and again it almost made me cry. What a year!

Winter was very long to end and it has come back rather too soon. Although unseasonable warm today we suffered frosts at the end of September, ending my dahlia season about a month before I expected to. The flowers are all coming to an end and now I am digging them up, covering them over, and expanding. It is quite exciting really. And I love the physicality of it. But I am sad to see it end.

But then I remember, I still have WREATHS and I love a good wreath. I have really enjoyed crafting my own willow bases and and can’t wait for our wreath workshops in December. Not to mention making custom made wreaths for all of you. So yes, it is the end of the season, but not really. January, then I can rest.

The end and the beginning

I thought I was finished with my flower field about a month ago. In my mind I had laid 12 rows of compost which was approximately half of one side of the one acre plot. (otherwise known as a quarter acre) I still had plenty of soil but I thought this is a good stopping point for this season. Then Martin came along and applied actual math and measurements to the situation and it looked like no, I was not done. Not even that close.

But NOW, now I am done. Although I still have three quarters of an acre to finish, but that can start happening in the Autumn. This is good for now. Technically I probably should have done another row, but to hell with math, I need to get on with life. Here is a little video of my progression over the months. It made me cry a little...

And now I can get onto the business of growing flowers! I've been a seed sowing fool this last month but it has been so cold things are slow to start. Today I put some gladioli into the poly tunnel...

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and planted out my ranunculus I started inside. I am actually hopeful they will grow! (I have had bad luck with these beauties in the past) Roses have been pruned, they just need to be fed, and I can get started planting the very fine shrubs I bought a couple of weeks ago. 

So all in all I am feeling pretty good! Today.

 

The never ending pile...

For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, remember when I got my compost delivered and it looked like this?

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It was really exciting. And very daunting. Today, as I wheeled what must have been my thousandth wheel barrow load of compost, I was beginning to feel like this mountain of dirt is never going to go away. It is still taller than myself and when I look at it from a distance it doesn't look like it has changed what-so-ever.

So I took another photo, with the addition of Oscar who you can just about make out. Now my pile of dirt looks like this.

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Looking at this image I feel so much better. There is a mighty difference! I am sure in no time my mountain of dirt will be gone. And it will be the source of thousands of beautiful cut flowers. Humble beginnings.