Sunday, October 21, 2012

Quotable Sunday 10/21/2012

Planting Ranunculus

It is hard to believe we are already working on our next flower season.  We just finished up planting 1800 ranunculus bulbs.  They went into one of our new hoopty do houses. Before the plastic skins went on, we amended the soil with compost.  

Farmer Tony is unloading the compost as I try my hand at loading the bucket up and bringing it over to him.  A couple of tries and I get a bucket load.  Kind of tricky to do and take photos.

The ranunculus bulbs are delivered early in the fall and we store them for a few weeks in moisten wood shavings and peat moss and hope that they will presprout.

                                 Next is to sift the bulbs away from the shavings.

            While I sift the different colors, Farmer Tony starts planting the bulbs.  We are supervised by Calla the flower dog.

While we are planting, we are experiencing a major rain storm.  We have had weeks of dry weather and in a just couple of days we have made up the rain totals for October.  All the while, we are warm and dry working in our hoopty do.

By next late March we will have some pretty ranunculus, with the help of Mother Nature.

A whole house of pretty ranunculus

A vase of  pretty ranunculus.

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
Leo Buscaglia


  1. You have such beautiful ranunculus. All that hard work in the Fall sure pays off in the Spring.

  2. Do you use end-walls, or do you cover your ranunculus with frost cloth during the very coldest days, or?? :) Thanks for letting me be nosy! Love your site and farm!

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