Tag Archives: Fresh Local Flowers

Everyday is Earth Day!

Parrot Tulips are unruly and that’s what I love about them. They also look like a beautiful, mini planet earth when they are all closed up with all those colors swirling together!  Just in time for Earth Day we have a limited number of Apricot Parrot bouquets available.  Give us a shout and we can arrange a pickup at our farm.  These special tulips are just $18.99 plus tax.

We started planting our dahlia tubers this week.  We also have tubers available for sale.  You can find them in our Goebel Hill Farm Etsy Shop.

If you are planning an event this summer and looking for fresh cut dahlia’s for DIY bouquets, the same beautiful flowers you see in our Etsy shop can be had fresh right here in Granite Falls for as little as $1 per stem.  Contact us for the details and to reserve your date.

Happy Earth Day!

 

 

The Joint is Jumping…at Goebel Hill Farm

It’s been a hopeful, lovely start to spring here in the Pacific Northwest. Nothing makes my heart sing more than seeing the tiny green leaves emerging on all of the deciduous trees turning the view out the window into a Monet painting.  Our early daffodils are beginning to bloom and the beautiful, shiny black pussy willow trees ( Salix gracilistyle “Melanostachya”) we planted over 20 years ago are at their peak right now.

There has been a change in the wildlife action around the place, too.  The birds are trilling and woodpeckers tapping as loud as they can on anything that makes noise and a few Starlings have been having a heated debate as they scope out holes in our old Alder trees.  And don’t get me started on the rabbits.  We caught this silly dance on the trail cam last month:

We expect to have some specialty Narcissus available by April.  Another goal is to offer Big Love and Apricot Parrot Tulips alongside our Rannunculus this year.  Having these bloom at the same time is the plan, but the weather decides if I will be able achieve this goal!  Our Coral Charm peonies begin blooming in May running through June.  If you are local and in need of unique, beautiful fresh flowers give us a ring and follow us here or on Instagram for the latest! 

Happy Spring!


 

 

Save Time for Sweet Peas!

These are Spencer Sweet Peas. I start sweet pea seeds in January for a strong show of gorgeous flowers from late June through July.  Sweet Peas are needy.  Time, space, support, a lot of  water and nutrients (this is where our chickens come in handy 😊).

Sweet Peas need to be picked often or they will flower, decide they have done their job, then go to seed on you!  I pick ours every two days and change out the flowers at our farm table on Goebel Hill Road accordingly.  I pick Sweet Peas into water with flower food (water with a little sugar helps, too) because they last a few days longer that way when kept in a cool house.  Please feel free to take the jar with you.  If you don’t need it, return it next time and we will wash and reuse it.

Our Harry, Joyce Stanton, Betty Maiden

These delicate Sweet Peas smell like heaven and have such romantic names they have captured my attention my whole life.  They appear to be THE flower of England.  There are Sweet Pea shows and competitions over there, kind of like what we Americans do with dahlias!

Sweet Peas at Goebel Hill Farm

Molly Rilston, Dynasty, Gwendoline

Awhile ago several family members and I sprang for one of those popular DNA tests.  I was surprised to find that I’m predominantly British and Irish;  so this explains my commitment to Sweet Peas! LOL!

I buy my Spencer Sweet Pea seed from the UK at either Owl’s Acres or King’s Seed.  Recently Floret Flowers up in the Skagit Valley started offering Spencer Sweet Peas seed for sale, too; buying local is always good.  You can also save your own seed with a little planning ahead.  We will have Sweet Peas for a few more weeks, so be sure to stop by the stand on Goebel Hill Road for a bouquet to enjoy this summer.