Catalogs begin arriving in the fall and I start stacking them, waiting for some time with a cup of tea and my notebooks, with notes from last year's growing season. Every now & then, I just have to take a peek when a certaiin catalog arrives in the mailbox, excited to see the new varieties available; but, wait I must til the time is right. And, that's usually between Christmas and early January.
It's quite a process ~ reviewing last year's notes, what grows well, what my brides want me to grow, what flowers I just have to grow because . . . well, just because I have to grow them !
Deciding on seeds seems easiest. But, it's hard to control myself. Those descriptions sound so wonderful and I think I'll have to give them a try.
Choosing plugs is not tough at all. The biggest challenge is to keep in control !!! Think January, cold & snow, and missing my flowers . . . I start with a big wish list and narrow it down, bit by bit, as reality sets in. How much space do I have ? will this flower grow well in my zone 6 ? But, sometimes, I just have to order it for me and to give it a try !
I order plugs for those flowers which are hard to start from seeds ~ lisianthus, for sure (although some growers do start these during the winter as seeds. )
And, I am always taking cuttings and rootings of my own plants, sometimes ordering some new perennial plants, and always expanding with my woodies. The look of bouquets and centerpieces are enhanced with greenery & woodies. Clematis, especially, for me.
What else do I do in the winter time on the farm ? Next time, I'll chat about work in the greenhouse, workshop, and all the planning required to keep things moving forward . Never a dull moment !
But, yes, it is a different pace here on the flower farm during the winter time. And, after the busy wedding season from May through October, a different pace is needed, appreciated, and savored.