Friday, February 27, 2015

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 188

Howdy friends! 

Welcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We took a little re-fresh break this month but we're back and so looking forward to your entries!

Spring on the farm is always such an exciting time! New chicks, lambing season, goats and garden planning, not to mention a field trip or two to get your farmgirl on. 

If you're a New England farmgirl and you're looking for a spring-inspired field-trip mark your calendar for the Heirloom Festival in historic Wethersfield, CT. on May 24th, 2015. 

Heirloom seeds and seedlings will be available as well as top speakers and vendors! I'm planning on going. I want to bring home some rare heirloom flower seeds and seedlings for my garden this year. Any chance some of my Dandelion House friends will be there?

What are your favorite farmgirl spring haunts?

 My co-hostess Debbie, of Farmgirl Unleashed  has been boning up on succession planting for Big Sky Acres this year.  She and her hubby Mike are taking on a large section of their farm for growing more flowers and veggies. Be sure to stop by and say howdy!

Now, whatcha been up to these last couple of weeks? 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 6 ~ Springspiration! Logo Design for Dandelion House Flowers

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Dear friends, 

This is THE year I will be taking my flowers to market! We have a wonderful local farmers market here in Plymouth, MA which I am very excited to become a part of this coming summer!
I've spent the last few years " practicing" growing flowers for market in my backyard and while I'm anxious to get my hands in the dirt again and watch seedlings take root I've been spending some time thinking about my " brand". I knew I wanted something that felt nostalgic and romantic cause that's how I feel when I'm in my garden, but I also wanted it to have a FARM FRESH feeling too. I love how it turned out and can't wait to order up my labels for bouquets and business cards as well as a large banner and car door magnet so I can flaunt my flowers this summer! 

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  I am obsessed with antique/vintage seed packet art and botanical drawings so I used that as a spring-board for my own design. I have a board on pinterest devoted to this beautiful art form. 

I don't have Adobe Illustrator ( yet ) so I farmed this project out to a talented friend who does graphic art for a living. I simply sent her a link to my seed packet art board for inspiration and she created my new logo for the farmers market in just a few short days. As much as I love creating things, having her do this for me saved me a lot of time and allowed me to make the deadline for the add space I reserved in our local Edible South Shore and South Coast magazine. Nearly every state has one. It's the go to publication for all things local farms, food AND FLOWERS too! 

If you've been sitting on the fence about taking your " farm goods " to market nothing will get you motivated more than " branding" your business and buying add space! I'm all in now!

I would love to know, how many of you sell your homemade goods at YOUR farmers market or garden shows!Tell me all about it!

Oh, and what do ya think of my logo?


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Springspiration! GARDEN LADY, Celia Thaxter

Celia Thaxter in her island garden

One of my favorite ways to relax while the snow falls is to escape into other writers gardens and try to imagine what it was like 100 years ago to be a privileged garden lady of day's gone by. What is it about flowers that turns gardeners into writers? For Celia Thaxter it was love. Love for her flowers and an appreciation for the tender promise of new life that lay inside each tiny unopened seed. 
I like to imagine what it would have been like to swap gardening stories over the garden gate with her. You see, she and I have ( or would have had ) something in common besides our passion for flowers. She was an Island Gardener on a small pot of land over looking the sea on Appledore Island off the coasts of ( New Hampshire and Maine)  in the mid to late 1800's. One of my very favorite time periods in history. I suppose I have the impressionist painters to thank for that because they certainly painted gardens and ladies in their gardens in a most beautiful and romantic way.

Beach roses in our cottage yard by the sea
I know I read her book An Island Garden about 20 years ago when I was looking for inspiration about seaside gardening for our little plot of land by the sea. Two children and a long homeschooling career in between then and now and here I am again, revisiting my old friend, Celia in her garden hoping to glean some new ideas for our own seaside garden.

I've just ordered a reprinted copy for myself as I know there is more snow on the way and I'll be needing an escape! 

You can book a tour here!
And, watch this short movie trailer about her beloved Island Garden. 
The DVD would be a perfect gift to someone who isn't able to make the trip. Appledore Island is accessible by boat only. Once you arrive you'll need your land-legs to carry you across some rugged terrain before you arrive at Celia's Island Garden. 

Do you have local gardens or flower shows you've yet to visit?
 Now's the time to plug those dates into your Spring calendars! 

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