Thursday, July 2, 2015

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 202 and Happy 4th of July!

An American Bouquet! Red dahlias, with blue and white hydrangea.
 Welcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! 

Are you ready for a festive FARMGIRL 4th of July? What do you and your family enjoy doing for the 4th? We enjoy a traditional American holiday with all the fixins'. We usually do a cook out, and I make my strawberry/blueberry shortcake for desert. This year both kids are working on the actual holiday so we will celebrate early when we can all be together. We will find a place to ooh and ah over the fireworks and take a moment to appreciate our freedom.

 Did you know there's another American celebration happening right now too? It's American Flowers Week! Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers created American Flowers Week in celebration of American Grown Flowers in 50 states. What a brilliant idea!
 It's an entire week set aside for sharing 100% American Grown Flowers. So of course, I'm in.
It's easy to participate. Just create a bouquet using flowers grown by you or purchased from your local flower farmer with an American theme in mind and share it on your social media using #americanflowersweek! I shared my American Bouquet ( top photo) on instagram and Facebook this week.  
I'll keep you posted on flower farm happenings each week right here in my weekly garden notes posts. In the meantime, send some sunshine over to Debbie ( Farmgirl Unleashed). Her tomatoes are drowning!

 Time to link up for YOUR weekly dose of farmgirl soul-food!
If you've got it flaunt it! It's Farmgirl Friday!

Debbie and I wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend! As always, thanks for sharing your farmgirl talents with us every week!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Garden Notes With Deb: July Buds

Dahlia Anemone Flowering Florinoor
Howdy friends,
Happy July! Don't you think this budding dahlia looks like a firecracker about to explode? 
The whole garden is filled to the brim with the first wave of summer buds about to burst open and fill the air with and explosion of color. Quite fitting for July, don't you think? 

 Everything planted out in mid-May - Early June is thriving despite the cool June weather we had. I think it's been a blessing to the tender greens and I'll take working under a protective cloud cover over high heat and humidity any day.

 All of the seeds I sowed germinated in good time and the mild temperatures were easy on the tender, new sprouts.

Thriving dahlia beds.

 Top of my to-Do list for this month is to get the last of the seeds sown in the new raised beds and finish mulching. One of the benefits of growing cuts in raised beds is I don't have to invest in large rolls of weed barrier fabric. Come springtime I turn it into the remaining soil and I'm ready to start new seeds.

My generous neighbor took pity on me when he saw how big my mulch pile was at the top of our driveway and lent me his vintage 10 tine hand cultivator tool. He inherited it from his brother and I felt lucky to be able to put it to use again. What a breeze it was lifting the mulch into the wheelbarrow with this tool.
Raised beds getting mulch.

Frames for additional raised beds.

 Only 4 more to fill and I can finish planting for the season. I have to pace myself but it's a great flower farmgirl workout!

 All in all things are looking hopeful for a successful season here on the farm and at the Farmers Market. Being a seasonal flower farmer ( growing outside) I am at the mercy of the weather. If all goes well I should be swimming in cut flowers in a few short weeks!

 And, wait until you see what I picked up at The Vintage Bazaar for my display at the Farmers Market! Stay tuned! 
What's happening in your garden patch, field, pot or plot? 

 PS. I'm on instagram now!  Look me up @ Dandelion-House (with a hyphen). Come follow my patch of wonderful and I'll follow you back.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 201 and Giveaway Winners!

Welcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop farmgirls!
Debbie and I are so excited to announce our two lucky winners from our 200th Anniversary Giveaway. But first, we want to thank everyone who stops by every Friday. We look forward to it as much as you do! Are ya ready?
Here we go!
Congratulations to winner #1, Alica  ( the mostly crunchy farmgirl ) farmgirl sister # 5232. She just had her first meeting of the Southern Indiana MaryJane Farmgirls chapter last Saturday. Another reason to celebrate! 

Winner # 2 is Tammy Taylor ( a North Texas Farmgirl)  from Taylor Made Ranch blog.
We can always count on Tammy for at least three posts a week and her recipes are always amazing and prepared with the cleanest, freshest ingredients you can get. Straight from her farm. 
We know without a doubt both gals will thoroughly enjoy all the farmgirl inspiration MaryJanesFarm magazine provides.

 Let's get to it! Link up and share what's doin' on your homestead, farmstead, backyard or deck.
We know you've got the goods, so bring it on farmgirls!

 I'm sharing my garden notes this week and Debbie is gearing up for her grandsons first birthday party this weekend.

We wish you all a wonderful week of farmgirl fun and sharing.
See you on the hop! 

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