Centerpiece, Bouquet, and a Bucket Workshop. Tues, July 9 6-8:30 p.m. $125. Two spots remaining!

My favorite container to arrange!

 

Dahlias a plenty in this one. Pic by Anna Hedges

With so many blooms and more to come we’ve decided it’s time to host a Bouquet/Centerpiece Workshop. Each participant will first create a centerpiece in her/his choice of containers ranging from teapots to more formal vessels. Linda will create a demo arrangement using all things summer and will teach the mechanics that allow the free overflowing style she has come to love, then will gently guide participants in creating their own arrangements. We’ll have lots of pretty blooms (including lisianthus!) cut and waiting, but after the demo we’ll turn you loose in the dahlia beds because it’s just fun to add a little “cut your own”.

Lisianthus are coming along nicely!

 

There will be plenty of flowers for a second arrangement and Linda will demo the in-hand spiral method of arranging and then dropping into a vase. We’ll have ball jars ready for this bouquet but if you’d like to bring something prettier and a bit larger that’s fine too.

And bring a bucket or something similar to take extra flowers home. If we use them all we’ll just cut more!

Cost of the workshop, including flowers, vessel, bucket of flowers, instruction, and light refreshments is $125. Please call or text Linda at 423-367-0361  or e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com to check availability. We actually posted this on Instagram and Facebook a few days ago and just have 2 spots left. Since this is a quick turn-around, participants can pay that night with cash or check.

In a teapot

 

Soooo many dahlias

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Holiday Make and Take, this Friday 1-3 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m.-Noon $60

Come join us and create a couple of holiday vase arrangements or a non-traditional Christmas piece or two. Anna and I will be foraging the farm and then settle in to help you make table arrangements in cylinder vases or ball jars, garlands or swags, mobiles, wall hangings, or wreathes. And you can bring something of reasonable size from home to create in if you like.

Cylinder Arrangement

 

Mantle Swag

 

So many fun little wall hangings

or a wreath with an attitude

We’ll be at the Homeplace (399 Bruce Doan Rd., 37617) this Friday, November 30th from 1-3 p.m. or this Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m.-noon. After several demos the fun will begin. $60 fee include all supplies and pepperminty refreshments. No experience necessary. Class limited to 10 participants. Please pay with cash or check at the event.

e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com or text 423-367-0361 to check availability.

Dahlia Clean Up Tomorrow! Wednesday, Nov 7, 10-3 We need you !!

All those pretty dahlias we’ve enjoyed this summer are ready to sleep for the winter and they need some help getting tucked in.  Spur of the moment, which is how we operate best, we’ve decided to ask for volunteers to come help us with exciting jobs like pulling netting, cutting back stalks, hauling off and then doing it all over again. It’s a beautiful day tomorrow and again on Thursday. We’re asking for volunteers for tomorrow, Wednesday, but if you’re not free then and are on Thursday, let us know that too.  Dahlias are a LOT of work but oh so worth it!

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The ever lovely Cafe Au Last

We used to dig all our dahlias, but discovered we could cut them back and mulch them well and they would survive our winters. We usually dig and divide a row as eventually the tubers will get too large and produce less if left in the ground too long. We found that we had a better tuber survival rate overwintering in the ground than in Aunt Willie’s basement as I’m terrible at checking on things when they need to be checked.

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Dahlias fill out a pumpkin perfectly!

So, if you’d like to join our merry band and help with these exciting tasks, and if you’re reasonably strong with a healthy back,

please e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com or message me here and I’ll give you more details. While you’re here, we’ll come up to the house and enjoy the view while we eat lunch and as added “pay” we’ll also gift you one bucket of Christmas greens come December.

“Hope to hear from you soon”, she shamelessly begged :)

 

 

FARM TOUR Tuesday, Sept 4th, 6 p.m. $25 includes tour, bouquet, and seeds.

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CSA bouquets this week

Thought we’d try one more Farm Tour while it’s nice and HOT and DRY! We love our farm every season but dahlia season is extra special! Farm tours are a great way to see the farm in action and there’s so much going on in high summer. We will start the tour at the Homeplace (399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, 37617) where Roy will share a bit about the old farm including stories from the Civil War times when the Homeplace was being built, then we’ll tour the  dahlia beds and cut flowers for your ball jar bouquets. We’ll pop into the hoop house next to see what’s left blooming, then on to Aunt Willie’s, the chicken coop/flower studio, and all the flower and perennial beds – talking flowers and farm the whole time. Cost is $25 and includes tour, a ball jar bouquet, and a packet of seeds from Erin Benzakein of Floret!

Prepayment not required – you can pay when you come Tuesday, September 4 (cash or check only) Please e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com or text at 423-367-0361 to check availability as most tours fill up (Limit 25 participants). Bring a pair of hand nippers if you have and dress for a run down old farm.

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Fall workshop crowd

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Chicken coop/flower studio

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Love late season bloomers

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Talking nuts and bolts 

Farm Tour, Tues. Aug 14, 6:30 p.m. $25 Bouquet and Free Seeds

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Katies Late July bouquet

We love our farm every season but dahlia season is extra special! Farm tours are a great way to see the farm in action and there’s so much going on in high summer. We will start the tour this Tuesday evening at the Homeplace (399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, 37617) where we will share a bit about the old farm including stories from the Civil War times when the Homeplace was being built, then we’ll tour the dahlia beds and cut a stem of two for your ball jar bouquet. We’ll pop into the hoop house next to see what’s left blooming, then on to Aunt Willie’s house, the chicken coop/flower studio,  and all the flower and perennial beds – talking flowers and farm the whole time. We’ll have jars ready for you with foliage and several blooms, but you can nip a few dahlias to add to your bouquet. Cost is $25 and includes tour, a ball jar bouquet, and a packet of seeds from Erin Benzakein of Floret! Tour will meet rain or shine so bring an umbrella if rain looks imminent but forecast says sunny!

Prepayment not required so you can pay when you come this Tuesday, August 14 (cash or check only). Please e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com or text at 423-367-0361 to check availability as most tours fill up. (Limit 30 participants). Bring a pair of hand nippers if you have and dress for a run down old farm.

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Kristin and a sunny armful of Maarn dahlias

 

 

Late Summer 6-Week CSA (Aug 4-Sept 8)

Just made this one today

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CSA bouquets

First of all, we want to thank each of you so much who participated in this year’s spring/early summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)! It was a joy to be able to bring flowers into your homes and offices and use the bounty of the farm. It wouldn’t have been possible without you and we appreciate it very much.

Secondly, we are excited to announce a second CSA!  The Late Summer CSA will run for 6 weeks, beginning THIS Saturday August 4, and ending Saturday, September 8. We are limiting our bouquet shares to 20 people as Anna will be starting Emmanuel Christian Seminary soon. The cost will be about $16 a week, totally $100 for the 6-week share. We have lisianthus that will be blooming for the next few weeks, lots of limelight and tardiva hydrangea, zinnias, black eyed Susans, and the dahlias

Lisianthus are spectacular this year!

This one is Corelli Light Pink

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Love late season bloomers

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Sunset colors

will continue throughout the season. You can also keep your eye out for other fall bloomers coming soon. Again, our delightful farm intern, Anna McKay, will be managing the CSA details. We’re so pleased to again be partnering with always-fun-to-visit Reclaimed Inspired Goods in Johnson City who will serve as our pick-up point. Bouquets may be picked up Saturdays during business hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reclaimed or here at the farm. If for some reason, you cannot get your bouquet, you can gift that bouquet to a friend who can pick up in your place. Flower shares are limited so act quickly!

 If you are interested in participating, please email Anna at anna.mckay94@gmail.com or call or text her at 315-297-6493 for payment details and to check availability (you’ll be sending check to Anna). Payment is non-refundable and total payment should be received to reserve your 6-week flower share. Since this is such short notice for getting a check in, if you confirm with Anna and your check is in the mail before Saturday August 4, you will be all set.

CSA Bouquets

 

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Ahhh, dahlias

So, we hope you will join us and support local blooms! And thank you for the many ways you support our little farm adventure!

 And here’s Katie’s bridal bouquet from this past Saturday. We’re still doing weddings at least for this summer.  More about that later.

 

So long from me and Roy and our sweet grandsons, Keller and Jackson.

2018 CSA May 19-July 21

Why give the gift of one bouquet for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day when you can give the gift of 10 weeks of beautiful flowers, grown right here on our sixth generation farm in East Tennessee? This year we are offering another 10 week flower share running from May 19-July 21. Each week, hand tied bouquets will be available for pickup in Johnson City at the must-visit Reclaimed Inspired Goods during their Saturday business hours (10-4) or at the farm Friday evening.

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Grandson Jackson enjoying summer bouquets at Reclaimed

Flower shares provide a unique opportunity to gift someone with beautiful, locally grown and arranged flowers, bringing a bit of our farm into your home or office each week. Changing from wild, light spring bouquets to bright, fuller summer bouquets, your hand-tied bouquet will reflect the changing flowers of each season.

A CSA customer from last season remarked, “This is why I value CSAs. They keep old farms vital and preserve both heritage and landscape, not to mention community”. Our CSA has afforded us the means to hire on and keep a favorite farm worker Anna McKay who manages the CSA,  allowing for the continued sustainable maintenance of a farm that has been in the family for over 200 years. We hope you choose to take part in our growing CSA operation and gift a share to yourself or someone you love, thereby supporting the continued mission of our farm.

If you are gifting a CSA Share for a holiday or another special occassion, we can provide a lovely card explaining your thoughtful gift. Just let Anna know and she’ll have a card ready to be picked up at Reclaimed or mailed.

If you are interested in a share, please email Anna at anna.mckay94@gmail.com or call or text 315-297-6493 to get on our list and for payment details. The Bouquet Share is $15/week for 10 weeks for a $150 total which allows us to provide a bouquet perfect for your home or office. Payment is non-refundable and full payment must be received to reserve your 10 week flower share. This info is also on the website 2018 CSA Bouquet Shares

If for some reason, you cannot get your bouquet, you can gift that bouquet to a friend who can pick up in your place. Flower shares are limited so act quickly! Last year  both CSAs sold out. And just since we posted on social media this weekend we have already sold over half our shares. We are planting seeds now and would like a gauge of how many of these crazy little fellers we need to plant!

Transplanting more of these oh-so-good smelling sweet peas into the hoop house today!

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Here’re some more CSA bouquets from last year

May always smells fresh

 

Bright Lights of June ready and waiting at Reclaimed! Toes and photo by Anna Hedges Photography

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In July bouquets just make me happy

 

Lisianthus! A fitting end to the first Flower Share season

Visit to Daytime TriCities

Click on the link below to see the clip from Daytime this past Monday. Always fun to visit! Still spots if you’d like to join us tomorrow, Saturday, for our Beauty of Winter Gathering! Gonna be a beautiful day! Call or text 423-367-0361.

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And because things are just prettier with flowers, here’s a picture of Lauren and William’s wedding at the always lovely Storybrook Farm this past August captured perfectly by Anna Hedges Photography! Reminds us Summer will really come and will be worth the wait!  We are just about full for summer weddings and again I’m amazed at how many lovely young bride’s to be there are in the TriCities!

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Beauty of Winter Saturday, January 20, 2-4 p.m. $35

A quick note. I’ll be on Daytime TriCities this morning WJHL at 11 a.m. (Monday). If you’re free please join us!

I appreciate the slower pace that winter brings to our farm and appreciate also having time time to wander through the fields and rolling pastures. This winter for some reason I’m kind of obsessed with gathering weeds while I wander and creating wild and wooly bouquets, table pieces, and wreaths.  Perhaps someone else who might not have the pleasure of owning a farm would like to come and wander with me and create a wild masterpiece along the way.

So, this Saturday, January 20th, from 2 to about 4 p.m. we’re inviting you to do just that.  The high is forecast to be 53° with 0% chance of rain which should be ideal.  Bring a vase or container of your choosing for a table piece,  create a wreath with gathered vines, or shape a bouquet and tie with ribbon.  Cost for the afternoon is $35 and because the turnaround time is short, no need to prepay. Please email auntwillies@gmail.com, or call or text 423-367-0361 by Thursday to check availability and reserve your spot.

 

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Bring nippers if you have them and work gloves for something prickly. You will need to be able to walk the fields so please wear clothing that will allow that, including sturdy shoes or boots. We’ll begin at Aunt Willie’s house (207 Bruce Doan Rd, corner of Bruce Doan and Bondtown) and after we walk the fields there, we’ll likely drive to the Homeplace but there’re no enforcable rules for this one.

We look forward to spending some time with you and sharing the special beauty that graces  our farm in the stillness of winter.

 

Final Fall Fling! Bouquet Workshop Saturday and Farm Tour Sunday.

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Lauren was one of our 3 beautiful brides last weekend. Photo by Evergreen Film Co.

Well, it’s been a wonderful growing season here in East Tennessee. Rain and cool temps kept the dahlias happy and when the dahlias are happy, we’re happy. Such wonderful brides we’ve worked with this summer and last wedding was picked up today! We’re ready for the season to wind down as we’re older than dirt and can’t keep the pace we once did, but can’t quite give up either. So, we’ve added two last minute flower events for this weekend.

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We love everything about Reclaimed Inspired Goods! They’re the unique little shop in downtown Johnson City that served as our CSA bouquet pick up this summer. They’ve invited me to do a hand-tied bouquet workshop this Saturday and I’m excited about it. The first time slot is filled, but there are openings at 2:30 p.m. and the cost is $75. You’ll get to play with our flowers and wonderful fall foliage and then tie with lots of pretty fall ribbon. If you’re interested, call Reclaimed at 423.328.9474 by noon tomorrow, Friday,  to register.

IMG_2770And finally, we’ve added one more Farm Tour while the temps are warm and the air is clear. We’ll meet at the Homeplace (399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, TN 371617) at 3 p.m. Sunday. If you’re interested, please call or text 423.367.0361 to reserve your spot. Cost is $20, cash or check, and includes a ball jar bouquet of pretty foliages and a few hanging-on flowers that you will make as we tour! No need to prepay as this is very last minute. Bring nippers if you have them.

So, if you’re able, join me Saturday at Reclaimed Inspired Goods or Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Homeplace. If you don’t come to either event, please get out and enjoy this beautiful weather!  It can’t last forever!!

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Well, and what’s a blog post from me without my favorite boys :)