Friday, December 19, 2014

Flower fantasies

The catalogues are pouring in - Burpee, Heronswood, Cook's Garden, Jackson & Perkins, Gardener's Supply Co., the bulb companies - and as much as I tell myself I'm not in the market to buy any more plants or garden equipment, some stuff is looking mighty good. As the temperature dipped and then rose last week, the springtime fantasies were coming fast and furious. To make matters worse, or better, yesterday I interviewed Jennie Love, an up-and-coming "flower farmer" from Mt. Airy, who only encouraged those fantasies with all her talk about growing unusual annuals and perennials in her organically-sustained cutting gardens. Jennie's in the forefront of a cut-flower trend. Just like the new generation of urban farmer, she's growing her own flowers to sell in a flowers-only CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, and she does weddings, too, using flowers grown in several community garden plots in upper Roxborough. This photo is of Jennie decorating a chuppah for a wedding last year. I'll be featuring Jennie in a story next Friday, Jan. 14. We'll have photos of her with the story, along with pictures she's supplied of some of the beautiful and interesting blooms she's grown and arranged. Rest assured, these photos will do nothing to tamp down the fantasies of spring, but that's not a bad thing. In January, anyway.

Flower fantasies

The catalogues are pouring in - Burpee, Heronswood, Cook's Garden, Jackson & Perkins, Gardener's Supply Co., the bulb companies - and as much as I tell myself I'm not in the market to buy any more plants or garden equipment, some stuff is looking mighty good. As the temperature dipped and then rose last week, the springtime fantasies were coming fast and furious. To make matters worse, or better, yesterday I interviewed Jennie Love, an up-and-coming "flower farmer" from Mt. Airy, who only encouraged those fantasies with all her talk about growing unusual annuals and perennials in her organically-sustained cutting gardens. Jennie's in the forefront of a cut-flower trend. Just like the new generation of urban farmer, she's growing her own flowers to sell in a flowers-only CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, and she does weddings, too, using flowers grown in several community garden plots in upper Roxborough. This photo is of Jennie decorating a chuppah for a wedding last year. I'll be featuring Jennie in a story next Friday, Jan. 14. We'll have photos of her with the story, along with pictures she's supplied of some of the beautiful and interesting blooms she's grown and arranged. Rest assured, these photos will do nothing to tamp down the fantasies of spring, but that's not a bad thing. In January, anyway.  

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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