This year Blue Eye Flowers will be expanding its growing area by a half acre. Which may not sound huge but the amount of flowers you can pump out on a small area is significant. The demand for local flowers is growing fast as people become more aware of the huge array of flowers and foliages that can be provided locally instead of imported (80% of flowers are imported from South America).
Even though outside is cold and dreary baby plants are popping up in preparation for spring. Snapdragons, calendula (pot marigold), stock, strawflower, honeywort, feverfew, sweet william are growing under lights in my spare bedroom as we speak. I have more seeds than I'm willing to admit that are waiting their turn in the seed sowing line up. I have 384 poppies waiting to go in the ground and of course we are suppose to have a low of 16 tomorrow. Such in the life of the farmer.
Anemones (pictured below) and ranunculus (pictured left) were planted in the fall and covered with hoops and a special winter jacket. Over the fall and winter months they grow a deep root system in preparation for early spring flowers.