We have been quite kite-like this April, zipping off to Hither-Thither and Yon-ville and back again; the mini van sloshing with Buckets full of Beauty. But that’s nothing compared the amount of work Maryland and Virginia flower farmers put in this cold and chilly season,not to mention all the begging, pleading and coaxing that went into convincing the flowers that “yes, it is spring; truly. The Sleet Boogyman is GONE.” Thanks to my friends at M and M Plants, Wollam Gardens and Red Chimney Flower Farm, shy little flower guys came out to shine.
And while I suppose it’s possible to become jaded and used to the usual, everyday fabulousness of spring flowers (is it?!), these local farmers had some funky and unexpected tricks up their mud covered sleeves: peach pinwheel daffodils, lusciously purple hellebores, satiny magnolia blossoms and elegant long-stemmed french tulips. Tiny Frittularia made most people look twice, with it’s funky little checkerboard pattern and lantern-shaped bloom. We had these and more to share at Goldsborough Glynn Antique store in Kensington, National Geographic’s Earth Day celebration, The District Flea and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring.
Stay tuned: we will have new venues coming up soon and the next wave of spring flowers are still to come; expect Lilies, Ornigothalum, Bleeding Hearts and Dogwood, to name a few. Almost done this season are tulips and anemone, so be sure to get those while you can.
Come pull our kite string and we’ll zip over to decorate your day!