We are on the downside of the hottest growing season on record, and a season noteworthy for the weirdest weather. The summer was nothing but drought, but now I have 2 rows of sunnies that are probably drowned because of constant rain! I’ve never had that happen in all my years of growing. Sales have been steady for us this summer, and although the economy continues to be tight for many florists, weddings, it seems, will always go on, no matter how bad the economy. We were recently contacted by a young lady in the upper part of our state looking for flowers for her upcoming wedding. When we found out we were over 200 miles apart, it was a pleasure to refer her to a farm close to her: fellow growers Mike and Katie Grear at Lady Luck Flower Farm in Ashville, North Carolina. Mike and Katie have a very cute website. Check it out at www.ladyluckflowerfarm.com

Speaking of web sites, we are in the process of having one developed for us, which was a trade for services deal. Patty is doing the flower arrangements for the wedding of one of her best friend’s daughter. The groom designs web sites for a living, so in exchange for her arranging help, he is setting up a page for us. We are excited, and will share more about that as it develops.

If anyone wants a logo for their farm, an inexpensive way to get one is to seek out the graphic design department at your local high school or vocational school. Having a student or students come up with a design for you is good experience for the student, and will look good on their resumé. Patty worked in a high school last year, and did that very thing. One of the students in the graphic design class came up with this logo for us, and in exchange, we gave her a gift certificate. We were all happy.

Anybody looking for a great stocking stuffer (it’s never too early to think Christmas) for your favorite farmer? Grower Ella King of King’s Country Gardens in Owensboro, Kentucky, recommends the “frogg togg” cooling towel for use in triple digit heat. Go to their website http://www.froggtoggs.com  where the towel is described this way: “Made from a hyper-evaporative material that retains water while remaining dry to the touch, The Chilly Pad® is an innovative way to cool down while enduring outdoor heat and/or high levels of physical activity. When wet, the towel begins to evaporate and cool, providing cool, soft comfort to the user. When it stops cooling, simply re-wet the towel in hot or cold water and wring it out. Within minutes, it’s cool again.”

We are finalizing the speaker schedule for the March 18, 2013 “Mega Mini” meeting at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Please make plans to attend, because the lineup is going to be awesome. Speakers include Dr. John Dole and Dr. Joe Neal of NC State, as well as John’s graduate students. Topics will include everything from “new cuts” to “diagnosing plant problems” to “weed management in field-grown cut flowers”.  Lisa Zeigler, a member from Newport News, Virginia (The Gardener’s Workshop) will share how using equipment such as a bed maker, and timing, and planning tools have increased production and decreased chores on her small city farm. She will show a video of her bed maker in action laying biodegradable mulch film. Also speaking will be our friend, Raleigh floral designer Pat Murray. Pat has done design work all over the country, having served on design teams for the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and at the inauguration of President George Bush. She has decades of extensive design experience. She even made the bouquet for Susan Sarandon’s daughter, which was recently published on the cover of People magazine.  Pat will be demonstrating the basics of making bouquets and boutonnieres for wedding work for those interested in learning a bit about the design side of things.

Please make plans to attend this jam-packed day of sessions sure to teach us all something to take back to the farm!

Charles Hendrick

Yuri Hana Flower Farm, Inc.

Charles Hendrick Yuri Hana Flower Farm, Inc. [email protected]