What a week!
The smiles on our faces show how proud we are and how lucky we feel to be Canadian flower growers this #canadianflowersweek . We also get to celebrate a huge personal milestone for us, as we’ve just reached over 1 thousand followers on Instagram!
We’d love to give you the chance to celebrate with us, and to enjoy the magic of locally grown flowers. For your chance win a large wrapped Kawartha Flower Co bouquet, simply:
1: LIKE this post
2: FOLLOW us on Instagram
3: TAG a friend who deserves flowers
A winner will be drawn at 5pm on Wednesday, July 24th and contacted here on Instagram. Flowers must be picked up in Lindsay, Ontario. ❤️
THANK YOU for supporting us, and for valuing locally produced flowers.
It’s #canadianflowersweek - a time to put the spotlight on homegrown blooms and all the growers, artists, partners and patrons who support our local floral community. This beauty-loving, entrepreneurial group is a hotbed of innovation and heart and I’m inspired by the creativity and intensity of the spirit. As small-batch growers ourselves, we contribute specialty cut flowers which are used for special events, workshops and editorial content. This picture shows a portion of our garden which is only 30x70 ft but because of our intensive growing approach, delivers plenty. Dream big I say. And support the dreamers who do. 🌸💕 Photo | @robin_stubbert_photographer
Used up the last of our #shallots from last year and made a kick-ass stir fry for lunch (with all our veggies!!). Everyone was satisfied.
Now this years onions and shallots are coming along nicely and I’m already excited to add them to our cooking.
Je viens d’utiliser nos dernières #échalotes de l’année passée et j’ai faite un stirfry pas mal #délicieux pour dîner (avec tous nos légumes!!) Tout le monde est satisfait.
Maintenant les oignons et échalotes de cette année sont rendus beaux et j’ai déjà hâte de les ajouter à notre cuisson.
New blog post is up! Go to the website and check it out. It’s all about being part of something big. 💫
Farm news, summer is now in full swing and we will be harvesting today and tomorrow during the coolest parts of the day (if we can find any haha). So many blooms to harvest since we skipped a harvest day in preparation for the photo shoot. We will be back at the Indianola Farmers Market this weekend (Saturday 8-noon or whenever we sell out so come early and buy us out fast 🔥😜👍). The great thing about the Indianola Farmers Market is there is great produce, food vendors, crafts, garden plants, and of course gorgeous locally grown flowers. It’s a wonderful small town market! Come on out and see us!
I think... we might have planted the carrots too close together. We have so many carrots though! Got another huge bundle out tonight and the garden box is still full! Zac is very proud of his harvest this year. 😊 #wegrewthis#homegrowncarrots
Let’s play a little game here.
Two truths and a lie.
I’m going to post three things about myself. Two of them are true, one is a lie.
You guys let me know in the comments which one is a lie and I’ll give you the answer tomorrow!
1️⃣ I studied abnormal psychology in college with a focus on serial killers. I have an extensive collection of books on this subject and still subscribe to psychology magazines and read on this topic.
2️⃣ I loved sports in high school. I was super athletic as a child and was always on a sports team. Track and field days at school were my favourite and I won several medals in the 100 and 200m races over the years.
3️⃣ I’ve traveled to over 25 European countries solo over the last 12 years. I’m a traveler at heart and have never bothered waiting for a travel partner. The Czech Republic is my favourite place I’ve been.
So, you tell ME.
Which one of these facts is NOT true?
I love reading unexpected things about people and I’m super curious to hear which of these stories you are not buying!
Oh, and the flowers?
That’s Coral Fountain Amaranthus that I harvested tonight.
It’s my first year growing this beauty so I did a little trial. I pinched back half of the plants to encourage branchy growth and left half of the plants for longer tassels. The ones in this photo are the unpinched plants. I put a comparison of the two in my stories and a vote for you to let me know which ones you prefer.
Today's farm-to-table specials at Merkin Osteria. Get them while they last! Ask your server for details. Daily Pasta: Mac noodles, zucchini, peppers, red onion, tomatoes and basil tossed in olive oil.
... Daily Salad: greens, quinoa, apples, cranberries, crispy chick peas, topped with an apple/poppy seed vinaigrette.
... Daily Bruschetta: cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, purslane in an olive oil/apple vinaigrette.
.... Lunch Special: Merkin hot dog with peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese.
Y'all. This pasta dish is a thing of a locavore's dreams.
Homemade pea shoot pesto with home grown basil, shoots and garlic scapes
dried cherry tomatoes we grew last season
Sugar snap peas
And patty pan squash all grown by us.
If only we could make our own cheese... ✨ 🤔
Day 1 of LilyFest was a success. Had a nice steady flow of visitors all day. Lesson learned from day 1 is we need more daylily diggers to help Jim as we had a chunk of time where we had folks lined up in the field waiting to have their daylilies dug for purchase. We love that you love our daylilies! We will have 2 extra diggers for tomorrow. And we were excited to have folks beat the heat in our studio and make fresh cut bouquets. What a fun (and exhausting) day! Thanks to everyone who stopped out today! If you still need to get your daylily fix, or fresh bouquets, the farm will be open tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. Hope to see you! #daylily#daylilies#summer#flowerfield#flowerfarm#flowerfarmer#iowa#indianola#flowers#locallygrown#wegrewthis#bochnerfarms#bochnerflowers
When you lose one of your senses the rest of your senses become heighten to compensate.
It’s fascinating, when you think about it. If one sense is lost, the areas of the brain normally devoted to processing that sensory information don’t go unused, they get rewired and are put to work processing other senses. .
Our brains actually rewire themselves as a form of healing.
When my mom became paralyzed from the waist down her sense of hearing became acute. She couldn’t walk, or leave her bed, and her brain compensated by heightening her hearing as she was suddenly reliant on those around her. She needed to be able to hear a nurse in the hall of the hospital to ask for help, and her senses adjusted accordingly.
I often wonder if these heightened senses are passed on to those of us who care for people with this gift.
I haven’t lost any of my own senses, but my own personal sense of awareness is on ‘high’ at all times. .
My Mom was bedridden for over thirty years with her paralysis, mostly unable to leave her hospital or nursing home room.
I notice every single detail outside.
I notice the smell of the rain when it falls. I notice the sound the leaves make as they brush along sidewalks in September. I notice the way the scent of lilacs travels in the breeze in May. I notice the steam rolling off the pavement after a quick burst of rain on a hot day. I notice the drops of dew on the spiderwebs every morning.
Nothing slips by me. I find magic in every moment. I often wonder if this would be the case had my Mom not have been paralyzed. I watch so many people walk through life completely oblivious to the magic that surrounds them every day.
We walk through life completely unaware of the gift that is simply walking.
I’m not saying I walk around in a world of magical bliss.
I get annoyed at traffic. I rush through things. I hate walking through spiderwebs. I walk around my house with blinders on because the mess overwhelms me.
But I’ll be the first person to stops conversation mid sentence to ask you if you if you can smell the honey locus blooms on the air as we walk down the street.
What stops YOU in your tracks?
Did you know the Rudbeckia (or Black Eyed Susan) means “Encouragement”? This particular variety is called Indian Summer. How can you not feel encouraged when you look at this big, bright, sunny bloom?
Today is a bit of a tough day for our family, so a little encouragement is needed. It’s the 1 year anniversary of my father in law’s passing. He was such a lover of flowers, especially daylilies. Oh how he loved daylilies! They were his favorite and that’s what inspired our farm to have such a big part of our fields dedicated to growing and hybridizing daylilies. I know he’d be so excited and proud of our daylily field in all its glory. For today however, I think he’d be ok with a non-daylily picture for this post because of what this flower represents.
Be sure to hug the ones you love today. 💫💕💫