Over the Potomac and through the woods to MidSommar Farm we go, in search of dahlias and lisianthus for some lucky September and October brides. Karen Gesa and her daughter gave me a tour of their adorable start up flower farm with its abundance of echinacea, cosmos, gomphrena, nicotinia, bells of ireland and herbs. The Cardinal Basil is practically a flower in itself. And this Carmine Lisianthus – just about killed me (note to my Jewel-tone October Bride – keep your pretty little fingers crossed!). Karen gave me a bundle of delightful flowers with just two stems tuber rose and my entire mini-van became a perfume bottle on wheels. Felt like I was driving home from heaven…and, who knows? I may very well have been.
The farm name reminded me of the lull happens in mid summer, a peaceful little interlude where we can enjoy the last of the callas, glads and tuber roses before we dive head long into a heady harvest of dahlias, salvia and the lisianthus second-showing. This year’s Dahlia growing season has been vexing for some growers, what with weirdly cool spring and then heaps of rain, which seems to have put things back a notch. But there really is no stopping a Dahlia. Stand back and hold on to your socks. They are about to be knocked off.