I am thrilled that Debra Prinzing invited Butternut Gardens to be part of her wonderful article on the local cut flower movement - or Slow Flowers movement - that is included in the recently-released issue of Southern Farm and Garden magazine. Debra is a major advocate for American flower farming and locally-grown flowers. For years, among other things, she has offered weekly podcasts related to the Field to Vase movement. Southern Farm and Garden is an absolutely gorgeous publication - one you want to read and view time and time again. It is available through subscription or at Barnes and Nobel stores. Please look for it.
One of the joys of flower farming is following all the changes that take place during the course of a growing season and seeing "what's going to come next."
Through the Butternut Gardens Subscription Service, many loyal customers also share in the joy of new flowers every week and the joy of anticipating "what's going to come next."
I am happy to offer several types of subscriptions to meet individual interests and budgets.
Quite a few subscribers receive flowers every week.
Some choose to have fully-made bouquets delivered.
Others choose the 'bucket' option and create their own arrangements from a mixture of loose flowers.
I often hear that a number of flowers make it into the second week, although others, we know, are expectedly more fleeting.
There are many times when I would love to see how the 'bucket' subscribers choose to display their floral bounty.
Bi-weekly subscriptions are also popular. As just mentioned, a number of flowers last longer than a week, although I would not count on that for the majority of blooms.
Flowers delivered every other week can also come as fully-prepared bouquets or as 'bucket' subscriptions.
One of the most fun parts of subscriptions is that you really do NOT know what is coming next!
Sure, it might be the time of year when Phlox is bountiful, but with what will it be paired? Will it be a monochromatic offering with all lavender or all pink or all white blooms? Will it be sheer Phlox ecstasy - purple, pink, white, deep pink, pink and white swirled phlox all bunched together? What special little accent flower shall I add this week? Mountain mint, perhaps? Flower subscriptions are truly gifts and surprises!
The third season-long subscription option is the monthly option. Every month fresh flowers arrive at your doorstep.
This seems to be the perfect floral pick-me-up for many subscribers. It is also a very popular gift item - just enough, but not too much - and a full season's worth! For many, it makes their month.
Going from one month to the next, subscribers see the biggest difference in blooms, because what a difference a month makes in the gardens.
It is the difference between peonies and tulips to phlox, iris and daisies; the jump from sunflowers and zinnias to dahlias and chrysanthemums.
For those who are not certain about receiving flowers regularly, I also offer a one-month trial of four bouquets. This is another perfect gift item. Generally, the biggest concern about flower subscriptions is, "What happens if I want to take vacation?" I try to be as flexible as possible, and change delivery weeks or double up on flowers other weeks, to best accommodate. Somehow it all works! Many thanks to my flower subscription customers. I love growing your flowers and surprising you with what comes next.
I am super happy to report that Butternut Gardens now has an Instagram account.
This is a new social media format that seems extremely well-suited to share the many beautiful flowers and designs, which come off my farm and design studio.
To find Butternut Gardens on Instagram, look for user name butternutgardensflowers.
I first heard of Instagram back in May. Knowing the speed with which I seek out social media (slower than a snail's pace) it has taken until now for me to sign up and get started. I think I am going to love it! For those of you not familiar, Instagram lets you take photos with your phone, or use photos from your phone, add a caption if you wish, edit the photo (or not) and post. The beauty of Instagram is how easy it is to use and how quickly you can share and view photos. You can also add hashtags, which help categorize your photo, and you can like other photos and comment on other photos.
I am looking forward to using Instagram frequently as a way to share pix of flowers, designs, the gardens, farmers' markets, specific plants, you name it. The sky is the limit.
For a direct link to the Butternut Gardens Instagram site, just click on the camera icon on the Butternut Gardens homepage: http://butternutgardens.com/
Daffodils heralding spring!
Daffodils come in so many varieties it is sometimes hard to choose a favorite. Most people think of the standard yellow, which of course warms our hearts with hopes of sunshine. But take a look at this lovely little bouquet. You'll see the big yellow trumpets. Also included are white daffodils with a softer yellow cup or center. Look on top, and you'll see one of my favorites - a white with stunning orange center. Notice I have added some other spring favorites. Forsythia always brightens up a room. Just a few sprigs adds a bit of airiness to the bunch. Look carefully and you will see the amazingly gorgeous buds of our star magnolia, another one I LOVE to incorporate. They are the soft pink buds at the very top of the bouquet and slightly lower and to the right. Love this look!