Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Last wedding of 2008

I realize these aren't the best pictures; I think we need to work on a good place to shoot the wedding flowers.  (Even though Stuart and I have fun taking photos Sat. morning after we set-up for market and before customers arrive.)   Anyhow, this was one of my favorite weddings to arrange all season.  I love it when the bride gives me free reign with color.  Not that I mind color themes; work tends to move faster with them.  We saved most of our broomcorn for this wedding and it looked fabulous crammed into the big arrangements---nice and arching, perfect for a filler.  We keep thinking a frost will come and wipe out what little flowers we have left, but alas, the sunflowers are hanging in there as well as the zinnias, dahlias, and lovegrass.  Tonight is forecast 37 degrees, so their demise could be sooner than later!!  Unfortunately, it's forecast to rain on Saturday, so it'll be hard to sell any of these last lingering flowers in the cold rain.  Oh well.  

Monday, October 20, 2008

Persimmon time

This is my afternoon hang-out place.  While Stuart is busy working, I'll sneak over to our persimmon tree and eat as many ripe ones as I can find, right off the tree as this is a young one with low-lying branches.  Such incredible flavor tucked into these little orange orbs full of glistening goo.  Clover comes with me and will lick the skin and seeds after I discard them, then look up at me with hungry eyes that say, more please.  We plan to propagate the tree either by cuttings or with the seed so it's easier for me to get a full belly of persimmons.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hunter's Moon

We've been enjoying the moon all week as it has made late afternoons on the farm so much more enjoyable. We've mowed down most everything on our farm, which feels incredibly rewarding and uplifting. Just about a quarter acre left to go. We picked the last of the peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and okra today. For some reason we keep planting more fall and winter crops (perhaps the economy in turmoil?) despite my physical and mental resistance to creating any more work than is necessary.
A hoophouse is officially on the way for us (this is an unheated greenhouse in case anyone is unfamiliar with the term), so we'll be putting that up in the next couple weeks. This will allow us to grow vegetables and flowers all winter. We have very little experience with hoophouses so I imagine it will take a couple years to get planning and scheduling down, but it is very exciting news for us at Bluebird Meadows. Early tulips, ranunculus, anemones, massive delphinium, poppies, etc. etc. will all be given princess beds in the hoophouse.
Stuart and I have had quite heated discussions about how much room in the hoophouse will be devoted to flowers versus vegetables. Right now I am only allowed TWO of SIX beds. I mean, really, where is the fairness here everyone? My friends, Stuart wants to take away your flowers from you and raise the price of vegetables across the board!! (eyes rolling and a look of exasperation crosses my face) C'mon plumber Joe! Don't you want and need flowers too? And appointing Clover as VP is a brilliant idea. She has so much experience in conserving energy with all those naps. And she obviously loves flowers, right my friends?
Wow, I apologize for that outburst. To quickly change the subject, here is a picture of a lovely blacksnake we found today while cleaning up our tomato mess. Isn't it gorgeous? I heard it before I saw it. We had some black plastic down and I could hear it's body sliding against the plastic in such a way that there was no mistaking it for any other creature. I quickly changed my location and determined that Stuart was much more adept at removing the stakes in that general area than I was. Luckily only a blacksnake. As long as he doesn't crawl into any bluebird houses for eggs, we'll let him be.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fall flowers, fall weddings....

These are pictures from a wedding from this past weekend. We only have one more and it's time to call it quits for the fresh cut main season as we expect the first killing frost to happen anytime now. But as we'll be planting paperwhites and amaryllis soon, the fresh cuts won't be gone for too long.

Monday, October 6, 2008

October 4th Market

Wow, I think just seven more markets to go for regular season market! We may skip a few in November. Not so much action going on in the fall vegetable department. We do have some incredible romaine lettuce coming on, carrots, salad mix. It feels like we're just gleaning at this point, harvesting gratuitous bounty off of plants on their last leg. Customers were so thrilled to see shitake mushrooms on Sat. I think our community is mushroom deprived. We're going to have to look into what other varieties we may be able to grow.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

End of season flowers

Some flowers from last week's wedding. The flowers were for a friend from high school which added a new dimension of arranging delight. Our echinacea is finally blooming, a new favorite of mine. We started this seed in early January, so despite being a perennial, it is a first year bloomer. It'll be interesting to see when it blooms next year after adjusting to the seasons. I love the primadonna white. It was the trickiest to germinate, so we don't have much, but we'll start more seed for next year.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Back from the beach!

The awesome, quirky house where we rested our heads and listened to the water sploosh against the dock.
Sunset view from near the dock. We could also see the Cape Lookout lighthouse from the house.

Our morning alarm clock.

The breasts of industrialism standing proud.
Strange sight for hurricane season.