Author: Danidigs333

February 2017 update

Hello!

Despite not having flowers yet, we’ve been pretty busy getting ready for the season!

I’m not sure “Blogging” is my strong suit but I did want to share a bit about what’s going on here on the “Farm”. =)

I know I always enjoy seeing behind the scenes and thought you might too!

Winter & snow hit hard.

  

   

Our Tunnel Construction was tested and a better plan for future years is in the works. Luckily all the plant babies underneath are doing really well and are now enjoying todays sunshine!

The remaining Dahlias have been divided, dried, and stored for the next stretch until spring! I’m in the process of working out details but a few extras will be available for sale late April or early May!

  

Some fall sown hardy annuals survived the winter in their trays…surprisingly, even with some neglect they persist, so I’ll give them a more permanent home in the next week or so.

  

Even more seeds are being sown weekly and so far I’m loving my soil blocker and indoor set-up. ( It’s a good thing my hubby loves me – he’s so tolerant of my crazy ideas!!!)  I’ve had to keep buying lights and racks to hold them all. =)

A few had to be moved outside and protected from last nights snow. This morning they still looked amazing! Phew.
I will need to find a way to keep the bunnies out. Despite my fencing they have been sneaking in and eating the tops off of my spring ranunculus!

  

Over Christmas break I sowed over 600 sweet pea seeds. About 90% germinated and got potted up into band pots to establish their strong root systems before spring. Well, wouldn’t ya know we were headed into a cold snap. Ugh… A week of temps in the teens helped to show which seeds were tough and which weren’t going to make it. Sadly I lost nearly 2/3 of them, but many proved to be fighters! I re-sowed another batch this week for good measure.

    

My indoor winter gardening experiment growing Amaryllis has also been fun! I missed Valentine’s day by about a week. From what I hear, that’s typical in farming… lol! I took notes, and hope to do better next year.
I’ve been dropping off buckets of these gorgeous blooms to consign at a local Floral Wholesaler who sells to florists and supports all regional growers along the west coast!

My “Fancy” bare root roses arrived today and a bunch of holes will need to be dug and then these babies can get planted and loved on for a few years before I can really harvest from them.  Maybe by the time they are ready I’ll be willing or able to take on a few simple weddings. Or I’ll sell them to my florist friends who do weddings!

    

A farm walk with my camera today proved that although it’s still winter, spring is not far off! These flowers are getting closer to showing their magic!

Despite the LONG to-do list this is my favorite time of year!

So much promise, so much potential!

 

Valentine’s Day #LOVELOCALLY

#lovelocally

What I mean by this is to consider where your Valentine’s Day flowers come from. Your sweetheart loves to shop at the farmers market in town, she buys items from local artisans, and loves supporting the local ma & pa coffee shop. Therefore it only makes sense to also consider where her Valentine’s flowers are coming from. Where were they grown? How far have they traveled to get here?

While I don’t have fresh flowers available for sale currently, I am offering printed Gift Certificates for both our Bouquet Subscriptions & for our Dahlia Tubers that will be available early May.  Our Dahlia Tuber Certificates will be in increments of $4/tuber plus WSST. 

Please E-mail danidigs333 at gmail dot com for the Dahlia Tuber Certificate, or use this link for details and to purchase one of our Flower Subscriptions. Make sure to put a comment in or E-mail me if you want a printed Certificate to give to your Valentine!

If you still want a fresh local bouquet from an amazingly sweet florist who is committed to supporting local & sustainable farmers you can do that too! Here on the Eastside I suggest you contact Tammy at Firstandbloom

In Seattle Maura at Casablanca Floral , Sara Jane at Thatch Floral or Emily at Columbia City Bouquet are also offering Valentine’s flowers and would love to supply you with local beauty!

If you aren’t here in the Seattle / Eastside area I urge you to check out the @myslowflowers on Instagram & the slowflowers.com directory to find a florist near you who is committed to supporting local farmers!

AND – Because I LOVE all of you and your ongoing support I’m going to share an opportunity to WIN a couple of Dahlia Tubers! You can enter on Instagram (@danidigs333) or Facebook simply be tagging your significant other and sharing why you #lovelocally (Winners will be announced 2/14 so enter by 2/13 at midnight!)

 

 

Dahlias – 2016

Dahlias are quickly becoming a favorite of mine to grow & arrange with. Tubers are planted in the late spring and although they are slow to grow at first once the temps warm they start producing their beautiful blooms! Each tuber produces many stems of gorgeous flowers. Dahlias are sensitive to frost and therefore require digging and storing over the winter.  Aren’t they Gorgeous!?  I hope to add more images as the season continues and the new varieties begin to show their pretty faces!

Meet Dani

Dani
Hi! My name is Dani and I’m the owner of “Dig-It Flower Farm”.

I’ve loved flowers & photography for as long as I can recall and was inspired in 2015 to turn some of my favorite hobbies into a thriving business.  Along with our 3 young sons and amazingly supportive husband we have grown from “seed” to “bloom” and work to continually improve the process of growing specialty cut flowers.

It’s not been easy, but I LOVE a good challenge.  There are good days when the sun is shining, and flowers are happy. The clients are satisfied and the kids are helpful. We have occasional flops & bad days too. I hope to showcase these moments here on the blog… if you and I can laugh about them, then they aren’t that bad right?  Generally a nap, a cup of coffee, and or a good laugh seem to make it all ok! A walk through the flowers with my camera is a special form of therapy sometimes too. I remind myself often that there’s tomorrow, or next week, or next season to try again! Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoy our site and our flowers! They are grown with LOVE!

~Dani

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