Monday, February 4, 2013

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Good monday morning. Good ranunculus are starting to come on to me at the flower market. Greenhouses burning coal like no tomorrow through these very cold weeks to get them juiced. It may be local, but it's taken a lot of energy to produce it. Oh geeze, I don't want to get into that this morning. I'm feeling glad February is such a short month. I've been ordering flower seeds and tubers and talking about fencing and irrigation like there's no tomorrow and feeling especially excited about the farm and what we're going to accomplish this spring. On a long walk there last week my mind was really going. I was jazzed. I thought, what if by the time I die we could grow every single flower to supply the market in NYC? My mind actually went through what that would be like. That's what winter and all it's free time does - it makes you delusional. A farmer friend reminded me of this last week as she shared some of her ideas.

But you have to dream big, and then go to work with whats in front of you. I'm in the city this week and so today I'm going to head down and play with the half dead remains of what the shitty february flower market could cough up for us. Making something out of nothing is always my favorite practice. Especially when I can be alone and listen to whatever I want. This song on repeat.

Also I'll spend some time with my plants. Inspired this morning by Tovah Martin.

13 comments:

Susan said...

I love Tovah Martin's book on Tasha Tudor's garden.

Emily said...

Damn good song! Listening to it now. Do you like Nite Jewel? Sounds similar, but her voice is less soulful. xo, one of your former LFS students.

Emily said...

Damn good song! Listening to it now. Do you like Nite Jewel? Sounds similar, but her voice is less soulful. xo, one of your former LFS students.

May Belater said...

Dream big
Then get to work with what's in front of you.

My motto for 2013.

I can't tell you how happy this blog makes me. I'm in Manchester in UK, woken up to slushy snow and dishrag skies, but I knew my favourite blog would give me something to smile about. Now to find more things to smile abut.

Have a fabulous week x

Wendy said...

Who belonged to that skull? Can't be one of your beavers as the teeth are way too short! How are you making out with the beaver situation at the farm?
Your photos are dreamy

Unknown said...

The skull probably belongs to one of the deer. Deer eat plants you know.
Not for long anyway.

Wendy said...

Really, Unknown? I had no idea, I thought they only ate coyotes! Wow. I certainly do know that deer eat plants, I only have a herd of five that roam through my yard. I think also that the scale of the skull looks a bit small for a deer.
Anyhoo, Sarah, thanks for your amazing photos, flowers are food for the soul.

Sarah Ryhanen said...

wendy - it's a raccoon skull we found in the old barn. beaver situation is improving; Jim's trapped 4, so I think we'll be ok to remove a section of the dam right before snowmelt and start getting some of the swamp pushed back.

emily - I love nite jewel!

Wendy c said...

Sarah, you should plant some japanese and siberian iris in your dampish spots they are incredibly beautiful, and will get huge flowers as they love the moisture. Also, put in a whack of astilbes, too, I love both of these for cut flowers. I think that my favourite cut flower of the moment is nicotiana Lemon Tree, which has a stem dangling little chartreuse coloured bells, so delicate and great colour, it's an annual.
Oh, I just LOVE flowers and growing them is even more fun!
We are expecting a giant snow storm so planting is still a bit of a way off, oh well,a girl can dream....
Keep those gorgeous photos coming.

Martin & the Magpie said...

dream big seems to be a good motto for this year.....your photos are just wonderful...x

lindsey myra said...

Honestly, I can never get over the stunning varieties you get over there in the US!
Your photos do show them off to their best tho, Sarah :-)
Do you know what name these Ah-mazing ranuncs go by? We don't get any of these variegated / painted varieties in Australia, I am looking to bring the seed in (BIG DEAL overhere) - I just want them soooo much for my wee farm!
Those fritillaria persica are amazeballs too, while we're at it.
lots a love x

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