It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been on here. In my florist, business woman dreams, I imagine myself blogging every week and being soooo on top of things. But, never the less, that never seems to be the case. However, I always say, “better late than never”. So, here I am with BIG NEWS! The Flower House is trying it’s hand at being The Flower House & FARM! I’ve always wanted to get back out into nature. As a kid, I grew up going to Montana and riding horses, playing with goats and spending my days outside enjoying the Summer sun. Back here at home, I loved to be outside, forts and treehouses, catching turtles at the pond by our house, and just the glory days of cell phone free fun.
As a designer, I find it fulfilling and a truly wonderful outlet for my creativity, yet as I’ve begun my journey into growing, I feel not only fulfilled but connected. Perhaps that sounds so “dreamy”, but it feels so right to be headed down this path of growing and digging into the earth. Being outside. Teaching my girls that yes, there is indeed life to be made and grown outdoors. With these goals and passions in mind, I have begun to form The Flower House & Farm!
My Dad (thank God for him), and myself will be planting over 3,200 seeds as well as a handful of Ranunculus corms and wayyy more Dahlias than I’m willing to admit that I bought. Full disclosure, I have a thing for Dahlias, and fully believe that perhaps this little farm I’m growing may only grow Dahlias, and only Dahlias one day. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I have been learning so much of this craft form the amazing Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower Farm in Washington. She has been such an inspiration to me, and despite having never met her, I will forever be grateful for the knowledge she has put out into the world for others.
As for progress, we’re in the seed sowing/sprouting stage at the moment. So many seeds, especially in this chilly Chicago climate, need to be started indoors to have the chance to get to growing outside before Summer passes us by. Basically, my basement looks like a little mini greenhouse right now. Seed trays for days, and DIY lights hanging from the ceiling to help them grow. We planted about half of the seeds two weekends ago, and the rest will go in this weekend, as well as two weeks from now. The rest will be directly sown into the garden once it’s up and running.
There is a lot more to say, updates to give, but I think for now this is just about as much as I bet any of you are willing to read! Stay tuned for updates on what’s happening over here at our little house and farm. We’ve got a lot of excitement ahead of us! Until next time!