Well, it's not a new dream and I don't think it's going to go away once Sunday passes .... but imagine starting a flower farm. Crazy, I know; many challenges. BUT the reward, oh it would be so fantastic. I've dreamt so often about what I would grow and how I would do it (bio-dynamic of course). There are so many beautiful things, often very traditional and understated that you just don't see grown here in Australia.
But it's not just that, why not grow a beautiful flowering garden (ok, a pretty big one) and cut the blooms as they are needed (and at their best) to supply you're small floral business? I can't think of anything better.
And today, I found (via the magic of the interwebs) a gorgeous young lady who does exactly that near Seattle, in the U.S. Erin Benzakein, I want to be you. You've got to check it out, her blog is here and surprise, surprise the gorgeous Charlotte at Lotte and Bloom has already grabbed the low-down, here.
Maybe, just maybe, these things are possible?
In the meantime, I've been learning lots about propagating all sorts of things. I am completely absorbed by my new A Modern Herbal (found a second hand one on the Ebay) and A Druids Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine. Now don't freak out at the hippy, neo-pagan title of the latter. True, it's got a section about the author, a Druid priestess, co-chief of the Order of the White Oak, professor at the Grey School of Wizardry etc. etc. in the front. Essentially, the rest is just about the history, folklore and uses of each of the native British trees. I love that shit!
Pilfered Mum's garden - which of course, made no dint at all - for all manner of cuttings. They're now all happily lined up in pots, some under plastic bags, in my urban back yard. The peppermint geranium's doing particularly well. Yay :-)
This afternoon I am going to pull up all the acanthus and try and move them to the front yard where they will be much better suited. All the websites say that I am probably biting off more than I can chew, but I'm going to give it a try anyway. I'll show 'em.
Oh, and my bike is finally all finished and she is super dooper perty; I'll have to take some pics for you.
The picture above is from a job I did with Mel a month or so back.
And that reminds me, there's more news ... but that will have to wait for another day.