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Posted 10/16/2017 12:41pm by Stefanie Jaeger.

Fall Greetings from Wild Hollow Farm!

The end of the growing season is always a busy time on the farm, as we hustle to savor the last bits of warmth, begin fall clean-up, and look ahead to planning for next season. Cooler temperatures and shortened day length slowly turn the once vibrant flower fields to a patchwork of brown and yellow. Our first hard frost arrived last week, drawing to an official close our field growing season.  

There are a handful of flowers that are able to persist the frosty temperatures and step into the spotlight this time of year. Flowering kale is definitely one of these beauties, taking its sweet time all season to slowly mature. As temperatures drop, the colors become even more deep and vivid. I like to think of flowering kale as the rose of autumn, with its big ruffly layers of leaves in deep shades of purple, white, green, and pink. Eucalyptus is another plant that we turn our focus to in the fall. It grows into a tree in warmer climates, but for us in the north we treat it as an annual. Each year we seed it in late winter, and watch it slooooooooowly grow all summer long. It is tempting to snip away at the beautiful silvery green leaves, but if cut too soon, the tender new growth quickly wilts in the vase. Beginning in September, when the leaves have become more mature and leathery, we can finally begin to harvest! Eucalyptus finds its way into most everything we make, from bouquets to boutonnieres, and everything in between.  

We grow many flowers specifically for drying, and fall is the time to stockpile for making wreaths and other dried flower beauties in the winter. Gomphrena is one of my favorites - these stiff little puffs hold up so well in the field for use as a fresh cut, and when dried maintain their bold color all year long. Other flowers we dry include statice, dusty miller, nigella, strawflower, artemesia, celosia, and eucalyptus. We will be offering several dried flower wreath workshops on the farm in November and December. We will talk about drying flowers and provide the instruction, assistance, and materials/tools for you to create your own dried flower wreath to take home. All flowers were grown and dried on the farm, specifically for use in this class. Wreath making is a great skill to learn and this class is for the beginner, no experience necessary. You will walk away with a gorgeous wreath that will last for years! For more info or to register, please visit our website at www.wildhollowfarm.com/workshops  

Seed catalogs have already started filling our mailbox, and fall is the ideal time to plan for next year’s growing season. With everything still so fresh in my mind, I set aside a solid few hours to review my notes from the season and get my seed order in. In a few weeks, our tulip bulbs will arrive and we will hustle to get them in the ground before it gets too cold. We are growing thirteen new varieties this year, and are excited to offer you our Spring Tulip Share which begins in mid-April.  

Enjoy this time of change, leaf color, and cool weather!

Melissa