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We practice sustainability at the farm. Crop rotation, use of drip irrigation and re-using the flower water each week are some of the ways we are being kind to the earth.
We are currently sold out of harvest boxes for this coming season.
We do have flower subscriptions available.
A Full Share is 18 weeks of gorgeous bouquets for $230 or a Half Share, every other week for a total of 9 weeks of flowers for $115.
Please email Lorrie at if you are interested.

Pick up would be on Tuesdays between 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Farm, 8005 Portland Rd. N.E. Salem, Oregon. Our season lasts from May 29 to September 25, 2018.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Week 7 Flowers everywhere

So many sunflowers, which to choose?
Small green centers like these?
Brown centers or even a large light green center?
Bright zinnias with light centers are a pretty choice, too.
Green Envy to go along with Uptown Rose zinnias.
Coral zinnias with a frilly light pink one on the left.
More varieties of zinnias, some are called Peppermint Stick. They almost look like they have cute little freckles.
Some zinnias have lighter colored centers.
Sunshine-like yellow is so cheery in a zinnia.
I really like the pink zinnias with the pale yellow centers. Oh and the orange ones, and the...yes, all of them!
An entire bucket of Green Envy zinnias. This color is not very common in the flower world.
More Peppermint Stick types of zinnias.

Some of the flowers Lisa has picked and placed in water. She has many flowers to choose from when putting together her bouquets.
Sylvanberries and tomatoes wait in the shade for their turn to go in the boxes.
Jamie, found a uniquely shaped slicing cucumber. Nice smile :)
David Austin roses were some of our Mom's favorite roses. Clusters of wonderfully fragrant flowers.
They smell like old time roses.
Buckets of roses.
Cherubs take a break and blow a few bubbles. See them floating?
Big sister gets in on the fun. Bubbles headed right at my camera.
Surrounding Aunt Lorrie with bubbles!
Erin's daughter, Elisha, gets in on the fun. She had been picking.
A beautiful, healthy sunflower opening out in the field.
This one is open and has a cucumber beetle on it (at about 8:00 on the sunflower face). These bugs EAT the flower petals. This particular flower doesn't show any damage, yet.

A large faced sunflower. This will have more seeds for the birds to enjoy.

The bees are currently enjoying this sunflower.
They are gathering nectar.
A few cucumber beetles have chewed on these petals.
This one looks like it is stretching to the sky. It is taller than I am. A brilliant blue sky to set off this pretty sunflower.
There are short sunflowers, too. Bees enjoy the one on the right.
From the north end of the field looking back toward the greenhouses. Sunflowers on the right, melons on the left and then summer squash. Yellow crookneck squash, golden zucchini and green zucchini.
Getting started on picking the summer squash. The golf cart Dad used to get around the farm will carry the heavy boxes in. Our rows are about 300 feet long and summer squash filled boxes are heavy.
Alison is picking the Sylvanberries on the other side of the pepper patch.
Yellow crookneck squash. The black plastic mulch helps keep their soil warm so they will produce consistently. (We hope.) There is drip tape for irrigating underneath the black plastic mulch.

If you look out in the field when you are at the farm, notice the tall orange marigolds, they denote a change in variety. The white signs with variety names on them are nearby.
A pretty yellow striped zucchini.
Sheila, Anna and Scott's Aussie, has found a sucker one of the kids lost.
A collection of roses, all flowers are grown here at Shady Maple Farm.
Beautiful sunflowers.
Another bucket of beauties.
One of today's herb contributions. Rosemary.
Alison organizing the lavender.
Lilies and yarrow in this bouquet with a hidden zinnia or two (probably three).
Red roses, Peppermint Stick zinnias, snapdragons, red yarrow and Sweet William. Stunning.
All the things in the boxes today. Hmmm??? What's for dinner tomorrow?

Hanging pots about to get watered.
Cheyenne Spirit coneflowers basking in the evening light. Behind them are tall, white scabosia or pincushion flowers. All are plants we have grown from seed in the greenhouses.

Rudbeckia or Black eyed Susans are very upright.
More than one color of Rudbeckia. It's almost dark and they are still showing their happy faces upward. Almost glowing.
Monarda or Bee Balm on the left with the blue roofed potting shed in the background. A nice view.

The reddish coneflower (it might be one called "Tomato") is surrounded by morning glory. Their purple blossoms have twirled shut as it is almost dark. Their morning glory flowers open in the morning and close at night. Go figure :)

See you next week,