So many parts of farming involve doing something today that you won't get to 'harvest' until a long time away, including Forever Flowers aka dried flowers.
And it doesn't just begin with hanging them to dry but with planning to order, plant, and grow enough of the flowers you want to dry so there is enough for fresh cut as well as to hang up from the ceiling.
They've been crowding out my rafters all summer and they finally get to be bunched, bundled, and wrapped into brilliantly beautiful bouquets!
The only care they benefit from is staying out of direct sunlight as this will fade their bright colors. Other than that, they are a great way to enjoy the beauty of summer all winter long!
This Friday I'll be at the Kootenai Forest Fair in Libby at the Riverfront Park, so sadly I will miss the Apple Festival in Troy :( But if you can stop by I will have all my usual microgreens, seeds, dragon clips, as well as some dried flower bouquets and a special Forest & Flower Crown demo area filled with all the fixings from both forest and farm to make your very own custom crowns!
The 'orchard' is where I get to forgo planting in straight lines and plant them where they feel right and happy like the Sweet Williams, Burdock, and Comfrey that were all started from seed this spring and get bigger every time I look at them!
Two weeks ago was the first real frost at 28F and last Friday was the big killing frost at 24F. Many things can't survive that even with coverings so it is always such a lovely surprise to learn that some plants are hardier than we might know, like this Phlox which was completely uncovered and unbothered by those hard frosts
Molting chickens means very little eggs and some sorry looking hens as some drop feathers in big patches with spiky pin feathers following close behind
The first of the dried bouquets will be available this week at both the Farmers Market at Libby on Thursday and the Kootenai Forest Fair on Friday.
What is better than colorful cut flowers that require no care and never fade?
I can never choose just one kitten photo to include, so I just include many.
fyi, there is at least one of the black cat kitty sisters in three of the four photos, can you spot them all?
What's available this week?
Where to find it all?
I'll be at the Farmers Market at Libby, this Thursday from 3-630pm!
I'll be at the Kootenai Forest Fair, this Friday from 3-6pm at Riverfront Park in Libby!
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I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.