Aright Mother Nature, please pick a season and stick with it (preferably spring)! We are so grateful for our ability to change with the weather and be able to keep our seedlings warm as the weather gets colder. We have been planting seed after seed to stay on track and we are super excited to see our seeds sprouting and growing! Although cold has set in once again, we have found some warm days where we were able to get many seeds planted, many trays ready, and the fence completely moved, thanks to the farm hands we call "the kids!" It's so special and heart warming to get everybody out working together and helping as a family. There's so much more to do and we're just praying for warmer weather, so we can get the shed moved, the new driveway built, and get ready for summer time! We luckily have gotten so much done even with the dramatic changes and are still working to be ready for y'all come June!
We spent the last several months planting and tending to our tender plants. Now that the weather has changed, they visibly grow more each day! This weekend we will begin putting them in the ground.
We will have 15 rows of flowers. Thanks to this gorgeous weather, 6 of them are already planted! We have ranaculus, dahlias, lisianthus, zinnias, cosmos, nigella, calendula , queen anne's lace and bachelor buttons that have already germinated! Walking out to the flower field each day to check on our plants never gets old. It is always such a treat that brings us such astonishment and joy. Isn't amazing that these little seeds, added with warmth from the sun and water, can produce such beauty?!
This past winter and into this early spring, we have been working hard on the farm to prepare for inaugural season. We finished the greenhouse and have started germinating seeds. We have built The Flower Shed where we hope to greet all our friends and customers (future friends). As soon as we get dry weather, we will be working the soil.
Each year I spend hours dreaming over seed catalogs. The hope of what is possible in the warm spring and summer, makes the long winter more tolerable. As much as I enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures and descriptions, nothing compares to opening the seed packet. Each seed has the same job and everything it needs to germinate, yet there are so many different sizes, shapes, colors and textures. I am so fascinated and amazed at God's creativity.
Our Greenhouse was delivered last Friday. With a fast approaching winter storm and dropping temperatures, we needed to get the poles driven into the ground as soon as possible. It poured down rain on Friday and made the field a saturated, muddy mess! But it was the perfect condition to drive the poles three feet into the ground. The boys worked all day Saturday. As soon as they put up the last arch, it started to rain and the temperature started to plummet. They finished just in time!
A muddy mess! Need lots of water to clean these boots!
And so the adventure begins!! Phil and I once read a book that said "Work like it depends on you. Pray like it depends on God." We are so excited about P&D Farm. We have spent hours researching seeds, greenhouses, equipment and business info. We have prayed and prayed. It is our hope that we can use our love of flowers and our farm to bring a simple joy into the lives of people we meet.