Nature Makes All The Rules
It is after Thanksgiving and all we have worried about was a killing frost and having no more flowers. Well, still no frost but no flowers either. We have learned that nature makes the rules. We can cover, protect, shelter and hope that flowers will continue to bloom but when there is not a enough daylight; no buds will form and the season will come to a slow sad close. Only a few blooms will try and survive and send a blossom or two but they are few and far between.
We learned that you can plant, protect and nurture your future flowers along but when nature decides it is going to rain..... a lot; you can build all the high and low tunnels you want and plant on raised beds and the water will still come.
We learned that we might not want to have a flower farm at the base of a slope where all the water runs down and to the rivers, but percolates up in the rows of your hoop houses; but you play the cards you are dealt and dig more drain lines.
We learned that we need to stay out of goopy hoop houses or risk becoming 4 inches taller and maybe shoeless. And we learned that dogs can't get enough of mud, creeks and ditches.
We also learned that despite all our planning, planting and protecting, nature is going to produce what it will produce. We just keep learning, experimenting and trying to plan better and produce what we can and when we are able.
If you look closely at this wild weird arrangement of assorted flowers, you will see 2 mini callas that were supposed to be done 2 months ago and a dutch iris that is the only one to bloom out of a 1000 bulbs and it is not even the color we requested. Nature decided that this is what we should have in our vases this time of year.
So we will continue to work with nature and learn the rules and possibly bend a couple of them here and there and continue this journey of flower growing.
"Nature, in its ministry to man, is not only the material, but is also the process and the result." – Ralph Waldo Emerson