to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Good Morning from the Sun

Beautiful morning here at the farm. 

The last few rows of sunflowers I planted in August have started to bloom. They missed last week's shoot and probably will be gone in 2 weeks for the next. They are beautiful none the less. Because I didn't have much time for the crop to grow, I ended up planting a bunch of Pro-Cuts which bloom in 50 to 60 days. 

They aren't my favorite varieties to grow - these are the kind you buy at the supermarket and they last forever in a vase. 

I tend to like the multi-branching blooms that get rather dramatic in their growth, bending and falling all over, like a symphony. 

I bought the seeds from both Johnny's and Sunflower Selections. I am looking forward to the blooms of this new red Pro-cut variety developed by the guy who owns Sunflower Selections. Cool job huh? Spending your life developing sunflower blooms.  

I admit, I was cheap and used old seeds and had a lot of crop failure because of poor germination of old seeds. Hence the profusion of short season pro-cuts. I learned my lesson and composted all the old seeds. Next year, I'll do more of an assortment and have more branching varieties. I like mixing up the rows and having all the different shapes and heights growing amongst each other. 

This one is a who knows what but it is pretty. 

These red/black/maroon sunflowers are called Moulin Rouge. They don't ship well and don't last long in a vase. You probably won't ever see them in the market. To get them to last in a vase, I pick them when the disc is flat. They keep developing in the vase. That top bloom in the plant below is too far gone to pick. FYI - the top bloom of multi-branching sunflowers is always the largest. If you pick it - it will have a short stem though - the bottom blooms will grow and prosper better sending out longer stems - as you can see in the photo below.

This one is called Autumn Beauty and it is The Farmer's favorite one to grow. You need a long season and good fresh seeds so I don't have many this year.

Have a sunny day everyone!


ellen said...

They are so beautiful and one of my favorite flowers. We did not get any planted this year. I sure hope that doesn't happen again!

robin silver said...

so very pretty! I love sunflower!

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos, brightened up my day and made me smile :) Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

So interesting AND lovely! I always love stopping by your blog.

MicheleinMaine said...

So very beautiful! I am enjoying my late crop as well. I'm tempted to pick them but the bees are all over them so I don't want to mess that up.