Monday, September 21, 2015

Pumpkins and Pomegranates Ready; Wedding Flowers

Seems like one season ends and another one starts.  We were just taking a bit of a breather doing some repairs here at the farm and getting ready for our up and coming classes on September 23rd and October 7th.  Frank has cut out all the chalkboards we will be using in the Chalkboard Writing/Art class and I am painting them with the chalkboard paint.
I decided I need to re-vamp my stand and put out fall decorations, corn stalks and pumpkins. Picking pumpkins isn't as much fun as it seems at the pumpkin patch. If you notice, all the pumpkins are normally already picked and sitting in the fields.  The stems of pumpkins are covered with sharp and prickly spines.  Almost like a cactus. I picked about 30 of them.   I always try and cut the stems as long as possible because I think pumpkins look more natural as decorations on a table or on your front porch, having their stems.
I sorted out the smaller ones to put out on my roadside stand, along with some applies and the corn stalks.

I received a call from a buyer asking if our pomegranates were ripe yet.  I had not even thought about them for a while.  I loaded up the dogs in the Gator and took a drive through the orchard.  I picked several and I think they just aren't ripe enough.  They look like they could be, but the seeds are still not sweet enough.  Hopefully I can leave them on the trees long enough to ripen but not before the break open.  Timing is everything in farming.
I have been working on making a few large paper flowers to use as examples in my flower class.  Each one has a different look.  I tried using all types of different papers, such as this one, I used old travel maps.  I know those young people under 25 years old probably can't imagine looking for an address using a fold out paper map!!! What not on my phone???? Well, in my glove box of my car, I found about 20 of these old ones-meaning about 10 years old.  I think the flower turned out really cute.
I also made one using old sheet music.  I almost felt rather bad about cutting them up, but they were in very, very bad shape. And when you smell the flower, it smells like an old trunk in the attic.  Not very sweet.
I made some small ones that looked like roses along with a large rose.  I still have 2 openings in the class, sign up and have some fun with us here at Windmill Farm scheduled for Wednesday, September 23rd, 6-8pm.
I have wedding flowers to do this coming Friday for the wedding on Saturday.  I am so excited about it, but also a little nervous, big responsibility to put together farm fresh flowers in arrangements, boutonnieres and bouquets for a person's biggest event of their lives.  Thank goodness for my good friends Barb and Pete, owners at Sacramento Valley Floral Supply, I had my list of items I need for this wedding, ribbon, wire, moss, floral glue, floral spray, tape, boutonniere pins, etc.  I get such personal service with them and the items get delivered right to our farm!!!  Ordered them on Wednesday and they showed up at my door on Friday-like the of the floral world. 
Will post photos of the completed flowers next time, for you to judge for yourself how they turned out.

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