Summer Is Rolling Now

We’re definitely into midsummer here in northern Michigan.  The garden is popping and I’ve been trucking flowers to the farmers’ market every Saturday since mid-June.  Today was a market day, so yesterday was a cutting day in the flower field here at Tom’s Gardens.  (I really do have two gardens.  The name isn’t just marketing hype.)  The zinnias were looking nice, finally getting some height, though I’d like even more.

Nice zinnias to cut.

The major things I cut were zinnias, snaps, dianthus Amazon, yarrow,  cosmos, statice, and bachelor buttons.  Altogether, four to five hundred stems.  That’s quite a few for me.

Part of my morning haul.

I usually spend the morning cutting and the afternoon making bouquets — sometimes into the evening if I have a lot.  This isn’t a super great shot, coming as it did from my phone, but this was my setup today at the market.

Market setup

I’m pretty happy with how sales have gone at the market, though I have two competitors that have been at it a lot longer than I have.  I think I’m holding my own, but every day is not a sell out day.  It’s still a good mixture of fun and work though.

Comments on: "Summer Is Rolling Now" (6)

  1. Beautiful flowers Tom! Well done. I hope the season is kind to you!

  2. thinmac said:

    Thanks, Kyra. So far, so good.

  3. Wow Tom. I realize that this was a few years ago, but I’m really enjoying reading your “chronicles”😀. A flower farm is something I have spent time pondering; I don’t think there is much for competition up where I live ( northern Alberta, Canada). Currently I am expanding into organic Hardneck Garlic, and Asparagus.
    I have frost issues spring and fall ( this year was June 17, and August 20!!😳)
    Seriously there is nothing more frustrating – especially the early fall frost. The garlic and asparagus are frost-safe gourmet crops.
    I am still just getting started – three kids at home and cattle as well.
    To have a walk-in cooler and clientele; that is the dream!

    • Wow, that’s a short growing season! I can see why you grow garlic and asparagus. You might be able to grow short season sunflowers. The ProCut series matures in about 60 days, but I don’t know if it would be warm enough there for them. Good luck with your venture.

      • I’ll look for the ProCut Series, and try them out.
        We do have a short season; but it’s alo unique in that we are so far north that mid-May to end of July we have 20 hours of daylight. Actually my area “the Mighty Peace River country” produces the most honey per hive in the world apparently; this due to the long daylight hours, and plentiful prairies.

        Up here Rudbekia varieties do well, and flower by July. And they can be Almost as nice as Sunflowers. 🌻
        Surprisingly Peonies do really well here; as well as Daylillies, Delphinium and also the Asiatic lillies, come to think of it.
        I would love to try Bells of Ireland; what growing conditions do they need?

      • I hadn’t realized your days would be that long up there. I’ll bet that makes up quite a bit for the short season. I don’t think the Bells of Ireland are too fussy about conditions, but they are considered a long season flower. I had the best luck with them when I seeded directly in the garden in late fall. I would start harvesting the flowers in late July.
        It sounds like you have a good number of flowers you can grow that should sell well.

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