A Meet Cute

How do new Flower Essences come to be made here?

Often it is a bit of a “Meet Cute.”

This is phrase I learned in the wonderful Holiday movie called, The Holiday with Kate Winslet.  At one point, a dear elderly Hollywood producer is telling Kate’s character that in a story or a film there always has to be a funny and charming way that the love interests meet.  I feel that way about Flowers.  I always feel meeting a Flower is a big deal and seeing an old Flower friend after a long winter a very special reunion.  This makes every day in the garden such a gift to me as you can imagine how many reunions I have!

So anyways, for me the “Meet Cute” is when I bump into the Flower- maybe one I have known, maybe one I have been looking for or maybe one that is new to me.  And the Flower calls out to me in some way or another. Usually in a way that makes it hard for me to miss!  Thank you Flowers.

It helps with the Meet Cute when some of you have been asking for this Flower to be made into a Flower Essence.  Its like I have gotten a bit of an introduction before we actually meet and I am looking for the moment we meet- So Thank YOU for all your suggestions!

This weekend’s “Meet Cute” was with Nettles.  Our old friend Nettles which I have long drunk in tea in spring as a spring tonic, but which I have never found in bloom until yesterday.

During a sparkly clear dawn, I was standing in a field down the road from here watching another activity when I glanced down and saw a patch of Nettles right in front of me with the Flowers all lit up and glowing.  Within moments, a Flower Essence was underway.

And here she is, Nettles with the Flower Essence joining the ranks this morning.

After the Fourth

One thing which keeps me busy in the days surrounding the Fourth of July is working with the air Elementals, aka the Sylphs, to repair the damage done to the air element by fireworks.

Yes, its not just your dogs that don’t like fireworks- The Elementals loathe them!

New Hampshire has the most complicated regulations for say getting septic tank approval to build a new home but pretty much a five year old can walk into a store and pick up a truck load of fireworks.  This means that on the days before the Fourth and even after, there are fireworks everywhere. Firework season has become Memorial Day to Labor Day! And this has been very hard on the Air Element and the hear working Air Elementals who are already swamped dealing with our pollution.

If you would like to work with the Sylphs to repair the damage done on land near you, ask the Sylphs over the property where the fireworks took place to cleanse, clear illuminate and rebalance the air of this place.  Our request is necessary due to humanity’s free will. The Elementals will assume we want the air Element looking like swiss cheese if we don’t ask for this repair.

If you would like to work the whole piece of land, call in Pan (head of all Elementals), and all the Elementals (which includes Sylphs for the air element, Undines for the water element, Salamanders for the fire element, Gnomes for the earth Elemental and Ether Elementals for the Ether element. and ask that all the Elements of the property be cleansed, cleared, illuminated and rebalanced.  There is a much longer description of land clearing on our website’s resources page in the section under Angels & Elementals.

ANY land clearing work you do right now matters so much to Earth!  Consider making this a part of your daily routine! BLESS YOU!

Now I am off to the potato patch to check in on a Potato Flower Essence I am making with the dozen gorgeous potato varieties we are growing right now- I have never had such a radiant group of potato plants here, much as we grow them every year- I credit my son in law, Charlie who is in charge of the potatoes this year.  He has a real touch with potatoes!

O Alika!

This spring, like every spring, the weather was odd.  It was way too cold with snow lingering well into the season.  It was also very, very wet.

Did I mention how wet it was?

Somehow with all this dreary weather, the month of April in which I usually weed like crazy, saw me inside observing the rain from a comfortable chair by the fire.  All chores that I thought could be pushed back, got pushed back.  This is why I am now weeding with enormous ratchet pruners instead of regular sized clippers. This is why I need one of the resident chain saw gentlemen to cut down something that was formerly a shrub but now would best be described as an impenetrable thicket.  This is why April’s polite little whispers of weeds became scratchy behemoths. This is why I am writing a blog about Alika Rose.

Oh Alika!

Yes, you ARE beautiful and I love you BUT…….The arrival of June sunshine meant that my moment of reckoning  with you had come after my long, cold, wet April by the fire with a lot of good books.

YOU were my last hurdle this garden season.  Well frankly, you are STILL my last hurdle even though we have now tangled with each other.

To back up a bit……Missing the month of April and all those April tasks put me behind the garden eight ball, so in May, even when it continued cold and wet,  I went out in the rain and tried to catch up.   All the many flats of annuals from the greenhouse and cold frames got planted in cold and wet May.  Along with the baby plants, the vegetable seeds got planted in cold and wet May in the cold and wet ground.  Some of them are complaining about this still.   The Red Shiso went in the ground at the tail end of cold and wet May and rolled with the punches to germinate in the last few days. When everything was planted, I grabbed my clippers and tackled the weeds in the perennial beds in cold and wet May.  I was a whirling dervish of soggy gardening.  Except I just couldn’t bring myself to tackle the Rose Garden ESPECIALLY ALIKA-  It’s the very first garden I always work in during April and well, it had been looking more and more unkempt ESPECIALLY ALIKA.

June arrived.  I could delay no more.  It was time to weed this garden AND DEAL WITH ALIKA.

Weeds are often well loved plants surfacing in the wrong places. This is never more true than in the Rose garden where Rose suckers are often just another name for Rose weeds.  And a well loved plant in the wrong place is still a weed even when it is gorgeous Alika Rose.  It’s the truth. SORRY ALIKA!

It’s not like the Roses (ESPECIALLY ALIKA)  were quaking at the thought of me finally weeding their territory.  It’s not like I put my money where my mouth is and cut back all these Rose weeds. Especially if they are in bud, I walk away and let them bloom before I cut them down.  To sum up,  I am a notorious wimp when it comes to weeding out Rose suckers.  I am sure the Roses know it (ESPECIALLY ALIKA), and so do I.

Things went particularly poorly this year as I battled in the Rose garden. Enough that I will weed the Rose garden IN APRIL NOT JUNE even if I have to shovel snow off the ground to do it.

My struggles with the Alika Rose were classic examples of me wimping out on benevolent ruthlessness in the garden. ( I BET YOU ARE NOT SURPRISED TO HAVE ME WRITE THIS).

The problem with Alika Rose is that she sends out suckers in all directions. Hundreds of them. Maybe thousands.  I would not be surprised if there was a sucker from our Alika Rose in your garden. And every one of these suckers is determined to throw an immense spray of blossoms. FAST! And I am sure Alika does this so I don’t cut any of these suckers back but feel compelled to wait until they have blossomed AND TAKEN A FOOT OR SIX MORE FEET OF GROUND IN THE GARDEN.

Why can’t some of the other Roses behave like this and give Alika a bit of a run for her money? I don’t know.  Other Roses seem to fade away when Alika steamrolls over their turf.  Other Roses need me to wield my clippers for them- And I try.  I really do.

Alika Rose suckers that I missed clipping or wimped out on dealing with forcefully in seasons past have turned an entire stretch of the Rose garden into ALIKA ROSE VILLAGE.  As a Flower Essence, its I AM affirmation is, “I AM the beacon that knows no limit. I AM one with my source.”  Alika certainly DOESN’T know any limits OR MANNERS!

When I went to tackle Alika this weekend, I cleaned out under the Alika giants pictured above, but then I began to waffle.  There were just so many buds in so many places.  After a Sunday afternoon hemming and hawing about cutting these buds back, surprise surprise, Monday dawned and every last bud had become a blaze of blossoming glory.

Now, even though Alika has infiltrated the Chives, the Comfrey, the Rhubarb, the Therese Bugnet Roses, the Asparagus AND the Echinacea-  I feel like I HAVE to let her blossom before I hack her back.

Alika Rose in the Chives

Alika Rose in the Therese Bugnet Roses

Oh Alika! You remind me how much I still have to learn about gardening! and pruning! and life!

Lightning Strikes

A thunderstorm blew through yesterday bringing hail

and a lightning strike that took down a pine tree in the hedgerow between the two main hayfields of the farm.

Both Jim and Will saw the lightning strike the tree.  It was a dramatic moment of orange fire and and exploding tree parts.

After the storm had passed we went down into the fields to inspect the damage.

The Pine broke in two about half way up.

The top of the tree was thrown to the south east of the trunk.

Limbs were buried deep into the ground.

Slivers of barrels branches like this one encircled the tree. I love the pines down in this part of the farm and was sad to see it go.

Here Will beats a retreat back up the hedgerow before another thunderstorm arrives.  Will graduated from college on Sunday.  It is amazing to realize that the baby who inspired Meatballs for Breakfast and so many Babies of Light Flower Essences is now sailing out into the world! Congrats Will!

As a community of Flowers, Angels, Nature Spirits, Dogs, Cats and even some People, Green Hope Farm can be a funny place……and I love telling you all about it!