Way way back when in November, we planted tulips. Nothing too fancy. It was just a fun experiment. A last minute decision. It was a learning a experience and we kept our hopes fairly low. We didn't want to get our hopes too high since we ordered our bulbs late. The only tulips we had ever grown were in the yard and had been there since I was a kid. I remember walking up to the lilac bush in the rain to pick the red tulips and yellow daffodils that grew around the bottom.
Oh y'all are in for a treat! Napping Cat Flower Farm + Wildfire Hearts Photography styled shoot! My dear friend Emily reached out to me the other day with a need for flowers. She had a styled shoot scheduled one morning on the Foothills Parkway and needed something to match the mood for her vision. Emily sent me a beautiful Pinterest board with the dress, makeup, flowers, and all the pretty details of what she planned for the shoot. But, the thing with Pinterest is that you o
Oh it's been such a pretty fall. I wrote about it in my last post...but I might have changed my favorite season to fall. The dahlia season has caught us a little by surprise. It's been beautiful! The blooms have been relatively insect bite free. Some of the dahlias are dinner plate size! Others are round and cute and compact. It's a beautiful variety. I keep thinking it's going to be the last harvest... and then more blooms keep coming. If only this could continue through
It's fall in East Tennessee and what a stunning fall it is. When people say that fall is their favorite season, I can't agree with them, but only because fall seems so short to me. I'm partial to summer honestly. I absolutely love fall, but I always feel like right when we're settling in to the cooler and less humid days and chilly nights, suddenly it's winter. But right now I'm enjoying myself immensely and will enjoy the autumn weather while it lasts. My roommate and I ha
Oh to be in drought season... It's HOT out there in East Tennessee these days. Most days are about 95 degrees or above with a heat index of 100 degrees at least! Not to mention the humidity....! The mosquitoes (AKA prehistoric pterodactyl-sized death creatures) have been terrible in the garden. They like to hide in the field in the tall plants and grasses and attack you while you're harvesting flowers. They can also get you through your clothes. Absolutely horrifying. They'
Although every year is different, this year has been extremely unique. It seems like several of our flower crops have been much bigger and healthier than previous seasons. It's really neat to see! One of the crops doing unusually well are the sweet peas! We made sure to build sturdy structures so that the sweet peas had plenty to climb. We've been doing our best to keep up with harvesting in order to encourage more blooms. We had a difficult start to the sweet pea season be
What a strange Spring it has been so far. Who could have expected the world to change this much in a matter of months? So much uncertainty, fear, and ups and downs. It's been a rollercoaster ride for sure. I never dreamed that I wouldn't return to school after Spring break. The transition to online classes was surreal. It brought many challenges of having to try and stay organized while receiving what seemed like 100 email updates each day from professors who were scrambl
Today was our first Farmers' Market of the 2019 season! We're so thankful the rain held off and gave us a beautiful, sunny morning of selling flowers! We had beautiful bouquets with bells of Ireland, poppies, peonies, sweet peas, clematis, delphinium, forget-me-nots, and stock. It was the last week of ranunculus...until next year! Summer blooms are on their way in the garden. If you missed us this week, stop by next week and grab a bouquet for Mother's Day! If you've never be
Photography has been a hobby of mine for a couple years now. I remember walking around the garden when I was in high school and snapping shots of flowers I thought were cool with my phone. Later in high school, my senior year I think, I took a photography class. I remember making my own pin hole camera and going outside and taking pictures in the parking lot. We got bonus points if we managed to capture clouds (thanks Ms. Cedeño). I feel like we could only take one picture
We had our first pop-up of the season at Wild Love Bakehouse Saturday morning! We had almost perfect weather while harvesting the ranunculus from the field... you can go check out my previous blog post if you want to go check out some amazing pictures of the ranunculus harvest! After making bundles of ranunculus, we loaded up the van. Thanks to the cloudy skies and cool weather, they held their tight little buds! Although Saturday started out rainy, the ranunculus were the p
I feel like the first 12 days of April have been an absolute BLUR. Suddenly, I mean really suddenly, everything is turning green. And I'm so excited. This also means that the ranunculus are HERE so prepare yourselves for beautiful photo overload on the blog and instagram! I mean, just look at these guys... Oh, but hang on. I know they're stunning in the field and just by themselves, but the real magic happens when the harvest begins. I honestly cannot decide what I like bett
The last time I posted on the blog it wasn't even spring...but now it is, so HAPPY SPRING! And now we're even a couple days into APRIL!! So here's our update: We finally have some color on the farm. Not that I don't love yellow, but it's nice to have some new blooms to accompany the lonely daffodils in the field. We have also had the first ranunculus harvest of the season. Some of the ranunculus start out a little stubby, but it's so exciting to walk out to the field and see
It's been raining here in East Tennessee. A lot. It's also been cloudy here most days and that can honestly be depressing. When I'm on campus in Knoxville and need to do homework or get some studying done, having it cloudy and rainy outside makes it easier to be inside. I feel like I'm not missing out as much...but it's also pretty draining. When I came home this weekend, I was just craving some sunshine. Or at least some time to be outside without having to wear my winter co
Thoughts from Jenni: If you close your eyes and smell certain flowers, they will transport you. The fragrance of daffodils takes me back to my early childhood, running in my Easter dress to hunt dyed eggs hiding in wet grass. They were just the common, yellow, short variety you can buy at any big box store. I loved cutting them to bring in our house. Even now, I get excited seeing them pop up along the roads in February when I am flower starved. Little did I know until recent
Thoughts from Jenni: "We have ordered two bee colonies and all the required accessories to successfully keep them. We've kept bees in the past but it has been a struggle. One year, yellow jackets invaded the hives and killed our bees. Another season, we watched from the house as our colony swarmed into the high branches of a nearby oak tree and then disappeared into the woods. I am super excited that we are trying again for so many reasons. Bees are fascinating little creatur