Thursday, September 11, 2008

My Last Month

The summer is ending for Renee's Bouquets. I will start up again in June, unless I feel ready by May. I am delivering flowers through the rest of September. It has been so much fun having this business, farming with Martha, meeting clients and arranging flowers.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hood to Coast.

I didn't make it to the farm last weekend. I ran the Hood to Coast instead. What an exhilarating experience. I can't believe how good and bad it felt. The team bonding, staying up all night, running in the dark of 4 am, my thighs turning to bricks in the middle of the 14th mile....all so good and so painful. I think I'll do it again.

This weekend I wont be out on the farm until Sunday. I am doing my first senior care day on Saturday, a 12 hour shift. I'm trying senior care as a companion, no nursing skills necessary. Part of my bouquet business was supposed to be about seniors, but it didn't go that way. Now I am signed on with Home Instead, a senior care franchise, my job is to just "be there". This saturday I will take a walk with 88 year old Wilda hopefully through a garden.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Denise's Wedding

Denise got married last weekend. I did the bouquets and the cake maker used gladiolas, calendula, oregano and dahlias from the farm.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Amanda's Wedding

Wedding arranging is so much fun!

My sister-in-law Amanda got married August 9th. The wedding was in Oysterville. Mary and I had buckets full of flowers to play with. It was wonderful, I could get used to this. Afterwards there were so many flowers left over I got to give them away in bunches on the streetcar, a dream come true.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Farm Awaits the Full Moon

The birds in the pie cherry tree ate and ate and ate today pecking away at one cherry for five minutes at a time, they picked the tree clean. It was a full moon. The echinaea popped open, it's one of the best medicinal plants on the planet. Good things are happening. We turned the compost bins so we could make potting soil, everything in the nursery is outgrowing its pot. The middle of the bins have all the worms, at the bottom the soil is pure organic humus. We used weedmat to cover a few hundred square feet near the lower field so we could plant perennials like Sedum, Echinops, Echinacea and other clumping plants. We also planted Sumac a fabulous tree whose trunk is furry and feels like antlers, it gets a red fuzzy cone all over it in the fall.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Early July Bouquets

These are three of the $15.00 bouquets, delivery included. Better give me a call!

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July on the Fruit Loop

Hood River has two main roads to Parkdale. Dee Hwy, where I grew up is on the west side and Hwy 35, where the farm is, on the east. My old friend and school pal, Paul Aubert, just opened a stand on his families land at fruit loop number 17, near Toll Bridge park, high up on the east side. I have flowers there for sale and this weekend between cutting and watering I went there for a wine tasting. It was lovely, Naked Winery out of Hood River is buying grapes from The Dalles, their wine was fine. The cherries at the stand were from The Dalles too, which I haven't heard much about lately except talk of Google's move there. My flowers sat in the windows and made me happy while I tasted pinot noir and merlot, but when trekers came by motorcycle I had to admit to myself that their chances of selling were slim. Oh well, I love Paul and his fruit stand, its worth it.