Week 11... that means only 4 more to go! Wow, this summer has been sooooooooo hot but it now seems to have flown by. Week 11's photos were not taken by me; rather by the very capable duo, Lauren and Marta (our summer intern.) I was busy running off to Richmond, VA. This bouquet smelled SO good! See those sage leaves shooting out? Not only do they look great, they smelled great too.
Week 10 looks almost identical to week 9. Well, almost. They died in 3 days... the down side to wild flowers -- they are so much more delicate than commercial flowers, but definitely more appealing.
I am so behind (again!) posting weeks 9 and 10, back to back, because well, it's Wed and we are getting Week 11 TODAY! I have to say that this has been a bit overwhelming and next time I do this, will definitely not be taking photos, and just be enjoying the flowers.
Week 8: by far, my favorite! Apricot hues and accents really made this bouquet look very rustic and summery at the same time.
Week 7 were done in subtle purples and lavenders. So pretty!
Week 6 came and went in a flash... the sunflowers were the real stars in this bunch.
Finally getting caught up! This is the Flower CSA from last week, and the prettiest so far... all yellows and oranges coordinated to create a "wow" factor. And many thanks again to my neighbor, Bobbie, who picked it up for me, along with hers at Stone Barns.
I try to practice hand lettering every chance I get... plus the recipient is always so impressed! Here's one that I used to practice getting the light right with my camera, while being coached by our photography advisor, Elena Wolfe.
When I sent this note, Professor Mauer (at Colgate University) was so impressed she wrote me back a note saying this was the nicest mail to ever to go across her in-box.
CSA week 4 was such a surprise! So colorful and summery! We got our mascot and dog-in-residence, Buck, to walk around carrying the flowers strapped to his back.
Week 3 was such a pleasant surprise! The bouquet looked like Spring! Purples and pinks with white snapdragons...and, it matched what I was wearing, always a plus!
Yes, I am waaaay behind on posting these photos! Week 2 was kind of.... weedy. I know, I know, these are wild flowers, but it felt like getting a bunch of weeds that happened to have flowers on them.
On the bright side, Stone Barnes sent out an email to "come pick your own sweetpea!"
Do you wait till the last minute to buy cards? And if you hate that you’ll end up rifling through the picked-over, leftover Father’s Day cards at your local drugstore or Target...I’ve got the solution for you!
For a limited time (till 6/19/16), you can download our Father’s Day card for FREE! I just brush-lettered this last week and popped it into a printable PDF format that you can download and print, cut and use. Super easy and fast!
The card measures 4.25x5.5 inches folded and fits nicely in an A2 size envelope.
If you prefer, we’ve created a “Papa Bear” Father’s Day printable card, which you can buy for only $2 on our Etsy store. Whichever Father’s Day card you end up using, have a great weekend and wish a great Dad a “Happy Father’s Day!”
When my favorite neighbor, Bobbie Walkley, told me she was doing the Flower CSA* at Stone Barns I thought, “What a treat it would be to get a bouquet of flowers every week for 15 weeks.” Plus, they are beautiful flowers from Stone Barns! So many reasons to do this…
- I am lucky enough to live close by to the amazing Stone Barns
- My neighbor has kindly offered to pick up my flowers along with hers every Wednesday (free delivery right to my door!)
- Good excuse to finally start my blog and write every week
- Great content to write about along with great visuals
- Most of all, it will make me use my new digital camera and learn all the technical aspects of how to take great photos (more on this later)
Drum roll please! — Here’s Week 1:
A colorful bouquet of wild flowers was accompanied by a cheerful bonus bouquet of colorful Sweet Pea. The wild flowers (Bachelor Button and Bupleurum) were combined with strikingly proud grains, and sophisticated greens, of Wheat and Rye. And the reds and delicate pinks of the Sweat Pea added a fresh splash of color, complementing the blues, greens and golds of the larger bouquet.
What is so wonderful about the CSA “This Week In Flowers” program is that you don’t know what you’re going to get; you get whatever is in season -- so it is like receiving a mystery gift every Wednesday. This first week’s combination of grasses and more traditional wild flowers created a sense of surprise and made me feel like I was lying down in a meadow in Springtime, on a wonderful sunny day. What more could you ask from flowers! They could not look any more amazing.
* What is CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is a coop program that allows town residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly from June until October, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront.