Flower CSA – Week 9

Vibrant bouquets going out this week, with the hyacinth bean pod adding a dramatic accent.

scabiosa

Scabiosa: Also known as “pincushion flower.” A dotted center with short, ruffled petals. Pinks, purples, whites, and black. Both perennial and annual varieties exist.

basil

Basil: Different ornamental varieties with aromatic foliage in shades of green and dark purple with tall flower bracts.

celosia

Celosia: Feathery, sometimes spiky, vibrant blooms in pinks, magenta, coral, and yellow.

hyacinth bean

Hyacinth Bean: A climbing plant that produces a bright purple flower, followed by a shiny, deep purple pod. All parts of the plant are edible, although the seeds must be cooked before eating.

Flower CSA – Week 8

Rudbeckia is making a return this week, adding that late summer golden color. You’ll also see a branch or two of eucalyptus, which I’m so excited is long enough to cut now!

rudbeckia

Rudbeckia: Bright yellow-gold petals that can be double or single, depending on variety. Commonly known as “black-eyed Susan,” because of its dark center, although some varieties produce green centers. Others display golden-brown and mahogany colored petals.

eucalyptus

Eucalyptus: Fragrant silvery green-blue wispy branches. Perennial to warmer climates.

mountain snow

Euphorbia; Mountain Snow: Unique variegated green and white foliage with tiny white flowers. CAUTION: this plant produces a milky sap that may cause skin irritation. Use caution when trimming stems.

amaranth

Amaranthus: Copper, green, or burgundy spikes with large foliage. Plants can grow at least 5 feet tall. Dried seeds and other parts of the plant are edible.

Flower CSA – Week 7

Sorry I am late this week! Hope you are enjoying your bouquets!

zinnia

Zinnia: Sturdy, easy to grow flowers in a wide variety of vibrant colors. Continuous cut-ting helps maximize number of blooms throughout the season. Note: Zinnia stems quickly muck up water. Trim stems and change water frequently to lengthen vase life.

scabiosa stellata

Scabiosa Stellata: A unique spherical brown pod that remains after the stellata blooms. Also known as “star-flower pincushion.” Dries well.

double click cosmos

Cosmos, Double Click: Double-petal bloom with ruffled white, blush, pink, or dark pink petals.

feathertop

Feathertop Grass: Soft, feathery, light-colored grass; looks like a furry animal tail.

Flower CSA – Week 6

The zinnias are starting to appear in many colors this week!

zinnia

Zinnia: Sturdy, easy to grow flowers in a wide variety of vibrant colors. Continuous cutting helps maximize number of blooms throughout the season.

nigella

Nigella: Delicate star-shaped blooms with lacy foliage. Colors ranging from white to blues and purples. Commonly known as “Love-in-a-Mist”.

gomphrena

Gomphrena: Blooms in a variety of colors with a resemblance to clover. Great for drying. Also known as “Globe Amaranth”.

celosia

Celosia: Feathery, sometimes spiky, vibrant blooms in pinks, magenta, lime, and yellow.

ammi

Ammi: Lacy filler flower which looks just like Queen Anne’s Lace and belongs to the carrot family. White, mauve, and purple heads.

Flower CSA – Week 5

I can’t believe the CSA is already halfway through! I hope you are all loving your flowers. The field is looking really great right now!

rudbeckia

Rudbeckia: Bright yellow-gold petals that can be double or single, depending on variety. Commonly known as “black-eyed Susan,” because of its dark center, although some varieties produce green centers.

salvia

Salvia, “Marble Arch”: Small purple, pink, or white bracts with dramatically defined veins.

feverfew

Matricaria: A medicinal herb also known as feverfew or tanacetum. Small yellow-centered white flowers with single or double petals.

statice suworowii

Statice suworowii: A rosy purple spire, resembling a pipe cleaner, lined with tiny flowers and short flower branches. Can be referred to as “rat tail” statice.

Flower CSA – Week 4

Bright, cheerful bouquets this week with the additions of sunflowers and rudbeckia!

sunflower

Sunflower: Different varieties in yellow, gold, peach, and cream. Mostly dark centers, although some have green or yellow-centers.

rudbeckia

Rudbeckia: Bright yellow-gold petals that can be double or single, depending on variety. Commonly known as “black-eyed Susan,” because of its dark center, although some varieties produce green centers.

bupleurum

Bupleurum: Tiny yellow flowers embedded on creamy green leaves with branching foliage.

basil

Basil: Different ornamental varieties with aromatic foliage in shades of green or dark purple with green or purple flower bracts.

Flower CSA – Week 3

The flower field is glowing with the warm weather we’ve been having and lots of good things to come. Here’s what’s going into the bouquets this week….. among other things:

amarath- coral

Amaranthus, “Coral Fountain”: A dramatic coral-colored tassel with fuzzy texture and bright green foliage.

snapdragon

Antirrhinum “Rocket, Potomac, Madame Butterfly”: Commonly known as snapdragon. Comes in wide variety of vibrant colors.

cosmos

Cosmos, “Versailles” & “Double Click”: Daisy-like in appearance with single or double petals. Blooms in white, pink, or maroon with yellow center.

centaurea

Centaurea: Edible flower in shades of blue, white, pink & purple. Also known as bachelor’s button and cornflower.

veronica

Veronica Spicata, “Alba”: A thin perennial spire. This variety produces tiny white flowers. (Not to be confused with statice suworowii, which has pinkish-purple flowers.)

Flower CSA – Week Two

Bachelor’s buttons and cosmos will add some pop to your bouquets this week!

cosmos

Cosmos, “Versailles” & “Double Click”: Daisy-like in appearance with single or double petals. Blooms in white, pink, or maroon with yellow center.

centaurea

Centaurea: edible flower in shades of blue, white, pink & purple. Also known as bachelor’s button and cornflower.

dill

Dill flower: Airy yellow umbel from dill plant, often used in pickling.

delph

Delphinium, “Magic Fountains” & “Bella Donna”: shades of blue that are unique in flowers, as well as whites and purples.

poppy

Poppies, Icelandic: tissue paper-like petals in many vibrant colors. Singeing the stem after cutting can help blooms last longer.

 

Flower CSA – Week One

Last year, some of you requested to know the names of the flowers in your bouquet. However, with bouquets going out Tuesday-Friday, the ingredients often change from beginning to end of week, depending on what’s blooming in abundance that day.

But! This feels like a good challenge! I am going to try to provide you with a sketch and names of the flowers I hope to include in the bouquet that week. You may not see everything on the list, and you will more than likely get a surprise element not listed! Enjoy!

Here’s week one:

 

parsnip

Parsnip flower: green with yellow umbels; looks much like dill flower.

lady's mantle

Lady’s Mantle: green with tiny yellow star-shaped flowers; perennial and common ground cover.

peony

Peony: comes in many varieties of whites, pinks, & reds; grown from a root that can live for decades.

delph

Delphinium, Magic Fountains: shades of blue that are fairly rare to flowers, as well as whites and purples.

poppy

Poppies, Icelandic: tissue paper-like petals in many vibrant colors. Singeing the stem after cutting can help blooms last longer.

Flower CSA Start

To my lovely CSA members:

Only one more week to wait for your beautiful bouquets! The CSA will be starting the week of June 29th!

For your flowers to last as long as possible, bring a jar of water for the trip home (especially if it’s a long one). After unwrapping, trim stems at least an inch and put into a clean vessel with fresh water. Refreshing the water every other day will keep the flowers looking beautiful even longer!

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