One of the bright spots in a dreary, wet February was attending a regional conference of flower growers in Georgia. We toured 3 Porch Farm, a solar-paneled, bio-dieseled family farm near Athens, where we got to snoop and learn… and be inspired by their ingenuity. During lunch, flower farmer and designer extraordinaire Jenny Love (http://lovenfreshflowers.com) demonstrated the art of her craft. I was thrilled, not only because I’ve been following her website for years, but because I had won a prize — a vase she would fill with a centerpiece. As she explained why she placed stems where she did, I told her how happy my friend Amy, who was putting me up after the conference, was going to be with her display. I told her Amy’s favorite colors; Jenny happily compiled. (Look how big that vase is!) I imagined myself presenting this gorgeous work knowing I was going to be the best houseguest ever! Only, I was mistaken. The vase I had won, was smaller. Much smaller. And empty. I came home to a soggy, gray farm and wondered what to do with it.
Today, the fields gave me an answer: Wildflowers! The first of the bluebonnets, paintbrushes and peas from our cover crop have filled my little cup.
Spring is here and my cup runneth over!