the Seasonal Flower Calendar

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One of the more challenging interfaces of design work as a farmer florist who only uses material grown and foraged from our land is describing to potential clients what their options are.  We live in a world of point and click.  Instant information and instant gratification.  Our personal lives as farmers are quite the opposite.  To get a spring flower, we have to start a seed in a propagation house in the winter, grow it to transplant size, create a bed in a greenhouse or space in the field, fertilize the bed, set up irrigation, plant it, grow it, feed it, weed it, protect it from predators, cover it every night, and so on until, hopefully, a healthy bloom emerges, then we harvest, clean, chill, bunch or arrange, and chill again.

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True yes, but not what a customer has in mind or even cares to hear when they have an event to plan, want their event to be beautiful, and want to know what their floral options are.  This disconnect between our reality and the reality of modern commerce spawned the birth of our new website.  The dream was to have a very comprehensive and user friendly database of all the flowers that we grow by name and appearance, separated out into the months that they grow on our farm.  So every week of our growing season throughout 2015, our dedicated and talented photography intern Brittany Townsell, came out to the farm and  photographed our blooms that you will find in our calendar.

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Months of work with the assistance of Chona Reyes, our behind the scenes accounts coordinator, communications task master and friend, and the ever patient and talented Josh Brown of Day Blind led this dream of increased communicative efficiency to become a reality.  Now when a June bride wants to find out what will be available, she can simply go to the flower calendar and click June to see all the pretty images to help make her decision making process much easier and more pleasant.

We are excited to offer this seasonal calendar and we hope that it will help to educate all Southern brides who wish to use local blooms.

This calendar will be updated as each season progresses.

 

Love In a Puff

For our final series on simple winter/wreath decor, we used one of our favorite summer vines, Love In A Puff. It turns out that this vine is beautiful fresh as well as dried. Once the leaves were starting to fade in the field we harvested them and let them air dry in our flower shack. Im in love with the results and how well it holds up once dried.

Our friends over at BeautyEveryDay posted our final wreath of the season. Read more about how to make this wreath on their blog here.

Images by Rinne Allen

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a DIY Plantain Wreath

Last month, I shared a DIY for a dried gomphrena wreath that’s made by securing bunches of dry Gomphrena poms to a basic wreath using wire. For this even more minimalist variation, omit the wire and use another skinny length of grapevine to attach dried plantain stems—that flowering weed that pokes through cracks in the sidewalk no matter how hard you try to kill it—to the basic wreath.

Check out the full tutorial here on the blog at Food52

Images by Rinne Allen

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Dress Up Your Mantle with a Pine Needle Garland

I was recently asked to create a few simple DIY winter decor ideas for the Food52 blog.  This garland is the first of a few posts that will run throughout the month.

Stepping away from the standard red berry, red ribbon decorating that is often associated with the holiday season, I prefer fresh cuttings of evergreens, dried and foraged wintery bits. I am especially fond of pine for its unique texture and fresh fragrance.  I hope you decide to dive in and make one of these sweet, dainty garlands for yourself. Pine holds up beautiful and will last months.

For a full tutorial of how to make a Pine Needle Garland head on over the post on Food52

Images by Rinne Allen

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3 Porch Flower Social

Late Fall just before our first frost, friends gathered at the farm to glean the final harvest before we put the field to rest for the Winter. The morning was cool and rainy and one of those gloomy Fall days that make you want to eat good food and arrange flowers with like-minded folks in a cozy, warm hoop house.

Everyone brought a little something to share. Vases, crafts, forage from their gardens, delicious food, and most importantly good conversation and good vibes. Rebecca came out the day before and set up various backdrops to use for photo taking. Kristen brought clay and plaster of paris and made the sweetest flower pressing. The day was inspiring and rejuvenating for us all. It was the perfect way to end the long growing season. We all left feeling refreshed…and eager for another gathering come Spring.

All these images were taken by Rinne Allen

 

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a Foraged Fall Bouquet

When Terrain asked me if I was interested in making a dried and foraged Fall inspired arrangement, I of course jumped at the opportunity.

Fall is hands down my favorite season for flowering. I crave the changes of colors and rustiness of leaves, the popping of dahlias in the field, and the chance to use the dried plant material that I have been hanging in the flower shack all summer.

My friend and talented photogher, Rinne Allen, was there to capture my creation. Check out the whole article and to get tips on how to dry flowers from your garden.

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Brown Parcel Press + Moonflower

This October, Megan Fowler of Brown Parcel Press and I gathered at the farm to play with flowers. I arranged flowers while Megan would sketch them. These sketches would soon turn in to the beautiful Brown Parcel Press 2015 Perennial calendar.  Our friend Rinne Allen was there to document the process. Rinne’s images and words were later featured on her T Magazine’s series ‘Harvest’.

Enjoy some of the images from our day and check out the full story on the T Magazine blog .

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Signs of Spring

Moonflower was recently asked by Terrain to do a Spring inspired arrangement from flowers and foliage popping out around our farm. The theme, ‘First Signs of Spring’. Four designers from various areas in the country were able to choose one of Terrain’s gorgeous linen wrapped planters to decorate. This project was right up our alley!

The week of the shoot was the first week buds started to open here in Comer. From daffodils to anemones to peach branches, we were eager to finally play with flowers (especially after having such a harsh winter). To top off our excitement of Spring’s return, we were lucky enough to have Rinne Allen as our photographer for the shoot.  We always love working with Rinne and can’t wait for future collaborations with her . . . coming soon.

Be sure to check out the Terrain site for more photos and words by the 3 other designers.

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