Rain is predicted today. Again. Massive amounts are headed for east of 1-35 say the folks at KVUE. This time we’ve built up some berms in an attempt to redirect flooding. And I’m trying to focus on working with what we have, not mourning what was lost/delayed in earlier floods.
Remember this flower share from earlier in the season? It looks a whole lot like what you may be receiving this week. One of the main differences is that it will include lots of fennel and Mexican mint marigold (MMM). Fennel tastes like licorice and is great for digestion. MMM is a pungent tarragon substitute that also makes a delicious tea. According to an article in Mother Earth News, the plant was used by Aztecs to calm victims prior to sacrifice. Maybe I should grind some up for myself? The weather lately has made me feel like I’m scaling steep steps to something fearsome.
In some ways, the bouquets this week are fabulous. Scented, bright, long lasting, tasty…the problem is that a big gap is coming. Rains delayed our planned successions, then the May floods (now June floods?) wiped out our zinnias, artemesia, ammi, goldstick, chamomile and others. The floods also washed away the paper mulch that smothered weed seed. Without that protection, the fields are not pretty. Topsoil’s gone in some beds and weeds are doing a happy dance. Nuts.
What’s a flower farmer to do? Frankly, I’m not sure. We take pride in varying our bouquets every week but nature is working against us. We’ll keep you posted on how things develop. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy what comes your way.