July through September are PEAK season for cut flowers around here. The sheer number of varieties and colors is astounding. Each arrangement is so unique, with a mix of classic favorites and first-time crops to keep things interesting. Every week I have a new favorite. During July, I’ve been enjoying the elegance of Madame Butterfly snapdragons, the reliable and cheerful buttons of feverfew, pops of blue from borage, love-in-a-mist and forget-me-not, and some sweet pale pink miniature zinnias that were a surprise in a seed mix. August brings some classic beauties like panicle hydrangea, dahlia, and lisianthus, along with texture and sparkle from grass and grain heads.
I try to get a photo of each arrangement before it leaves, and often have visitors when doing so. Can you spot the tiny native bee flying in for a snack? It’s good to know these garden fresh blooms are totally safe for our small insect friends. During the growing season in Maine, our flowers come from a backyard cutting garden, as well as many local farms, including our Berwick neighbors at Orange Circle Farm, which is Certified Organic.
I am partnering up again this summer with Orange Circle for some hands-on, in-person floral experiences! In July, we hosted a make-your-own bouquet Flower Bar. Next weekend, we’ll be offering the Flower Bar again, but adding to the experience with demonstrations where you can learn more about harvesting and designing with local flowers. “Local Flower Worship” takes place next Sunday from 10-11:30am. Light refreshments will also be included. You can purchase tickets here, with a discount until this Sunday with the code “EARLYBIRD”: https://orangecirclefarm.com/flower-events
And if you love dahlias specifically, you’ll want to join us in September as well, when Omniflora Farm, a dahlia specialist, will be joining us to talk about growing dahlias for cut flowers and we’ll guide you through making your own arrangement featuring these late summer showstoppers.
And if you just need some flowers for your desk or table, reach out anytime about a local pickup. ‘Tis the season!