With 2017 coming to a close, I’m already looking ahead to the new year. Growth and renewal are always on my mind, and I try my best to stay at least two steps ahead. The hope is that this allows for a little wiggle room, because when working with Mother Nature, you're destined for a storm of hiccups. But for a moment, I thought I'd reflect on a few things from this past year.
Over the course of 2017, I grew over 150 varieties of flowers that ended up in weddings, special events, the farm's flower share and arbor installations (my most favorite!):
New and improved flower favorites included a bountiful crop of sweet peas that was open to pick-your-own, poppies, and lisianthus. The sweet pea crop was so abundant that I let some of the flowers go by in order to save their seed. A fun trial awaits for 2018!
This year also brought new relationships with vendors, such as Valley View, Blooms Meadows, Quonquont Farm, and The Mill @ Square 1, and strengthened relationships both near and far.
In August, I drove out to Fonda, NY to collaborate with fellow farmer-florists Love n’ Fresh, Flowerwell, and JayFlora (the bride). It was a dream! Not only was I surrounded by some serious talent, the flower supply was endless. Jamie (JayFlora) and her husband, Jed, built a beautiful barn on their hilltop property that is adjacent to rows and rows of their beautiful flowers. It was amazing!
It was great to reconnect with Jennie (Love n' Fresh). In 2014, I ventured down to Philly to attend one of her workshops to learn about the floral business. Although I had been growing vegetables for years, it was my first encounter with and grower and designer in the floral industry. I could not have asked for a better soul for the introduction - thank you Jennie.
The biggest surprise came in April when I was humbled and grateful to be featured in Country Woman Magazine in April/May 2017, and Reader’s Digest also shared the article on their website! Other publications included a feature in The Gazette, a local newspaper, in regards to planting your own plants in the home and garden section, and the opportunity to have my Images appear on social media on pages such as Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and Country Living.
I showed up late to the game in purchasing a smartphone (most likely due to the fact that I was too content in the garden and would lose my flip phone in it all the time), but I will forever be grateful for its ability that has allowed outreach and connections that I never thought possible.
Moreover, a huge shout out and thank you to flower share members, clients, designers, and flower friends who continue to show their support. It means the world.
Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you all find a moment to celebrate yourself, your community, and all the beauty around you.