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More Blooms in the Flower Garden

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Just when I thought the cut flower blooms were dwindling, the Dahlias go and throw in a few more surprises. After harvesting a pretty bouquet a couple of weeks ago, I figured we were creeping toward time to mow and till what’s left of this year’s crazy garden experiment. A few surprise blooms are keeping the magic alive though. I’m …

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Another Kitchen Bouquet

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One of my bigger ambitions for the farm when we purchased it was to really dive deep into creating a massive cut flower garden. Despite the chaos that is now the garden, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the handful of blooms that continue to pop up. This week, I took a bit of a mental break from another day of …

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New Blooms

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Pay no attention to the massive amounts of grass in the garden. It’s…still out of hand. If you can manage to do that, you’ll see some seriously stunning blooms creeping in. The pretty colors are amazing. The appearance of these happy little flowers is just awesome. When I had all but given up on the cut flower side of the …

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Peonies in Bloom

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The farm has been exploding with blooms left behind by the previous owners. Lois’ Irises are everywhere. We saw their hearty green leaves pop out of the ground early on and eagerly awaited their beautiful colors. The peonies, on the other hand, were completely unexpected. When they listed the farm in the Fall, Lois and David did a spectacular job …

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The Irises

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I often find myself thanking Lois for the small bits of magic all around the farm. Often, I run into something cute or quirky and immediately imagine that it must have been her idea instead of David’s. I have no idea if any of it is true – but I hope she’d be tickled to know she’s getting all the credit. …

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A Snowball Story

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Years ago, I owned a small Ranch house in Roeland Park, Kansas. It was the first house I’d every purchased and, while tiny, it packed a punch for insane stories. Next door, my 96-year-old neighbor Annebelle would swing on her front porch stoop. She’d wait for me to take Ogi on a walk or come bounding into the front yard …

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Planning the North Garden

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The North garden is already proving to be quite the undertaking. We knew when we started plowing and tilling that the garden space next to our barn was massive. Despite warnings, we acknowledged how much work it would be, but continued ahead. So far – it’s amazing. We’re getting our first look at just how much we’re planting and what …