a day in the life, or, productivity ensues when you eat french toast for breakfast

Dear Readers,

Today we did so many things!

 I'm harvesting lamb's ear while Bill, our neighbor and farm angel, mows in the background. 

I'm harvesting lamb's ear while Bill, our neighbor and farm angel, mows in the background. 

After french toast and our usual morning meeting where we discuss the coming day at the farm, we did some big projects: mowing everything we could before the impending rain, and tilling some beds for planting. Most of our spring plants are in the ground already, like the dusty miller below (thanks for the seedlings, Plantmasters!).

Then I texted Ellen at Local Color Flowers and Mary Ellen at Crimson & Clover to see if they wanted some lovely lamb's ear. I always include the stem length (10 inches in this case) and a picture or two in texts to florists-- always good to be as clear as possible! Both "Ellens" wanted some lamb's ear, so I did the first harvest of the season. I'll deliver tomorrow afternoon. 

After a lunch break, some chocolate-covered raisins, and watering the seedlings in the greenhouse, it was weeding, weeding, weeding. I like to listen to podcasts when I'm weeding alone (it was Radiolab today). Jascha finished mowing the tree nursery while I attacked the weeds and continued my unintentional quest to have the tannest arms ever.

 We pinched the tips off our snapdragons a few weeks ago, causing them to create lots of little side shoots that will all become flowers.

We pinched the tips off our snapdragons a few weeks ago, causing them to create lots of little side shoots that will all become flowers.

 Crossing my fingers that the lisianthus does well! It's a finicky flower, and this is my first time trying it at the farm.

Crossing my fingers that the lisianthus does well! It's a finicky flower, and this is my first time trying it at the farm.

We also inspected the plants that are almost ready to bloom. There's so much potential in each and every bud waiting to bloom...

 Colorado yarrow

Colorado yarrow

 Purple sensation allium

Purple sensation allium

 Bachelor's button

Bachelor's button

 Larkspur

Larkspur

We ended the day in the greenhouse, where we potted up rosemary and organized the plants we'll be selling at the Mother's Day Pop-up on Saturday 9 am to noon in Baltimore, right by Waverly Market. You should all go! Bring your moms!

Farm work done- until tomorrow! I wish you a walk past a lilac branch.

Laura Beth