Blooming and Planting!

 

 

We all got a laugh out of the one Mexican Sage plant who just wanted to be unique and stand out from the others.

Scott and I were chatting today after he gave me this awesome video of the planting happening today.  I thought I would share with you a snippets of the conversation regarding the recent rains we’ve received:

“The ground is easier to work up since we’ve had all this rain – the way the rain has come and gone has allowed the water to really sink into the ground”

“We haven’t had to water.”

“The well is full.”

“Makes the weeds worse…”

Have a great weekend, everyone and we hope you enjoy this video! The newly planted plants and the already blooming ones will be working all weekend.

Our Namesake

Our dog, Lily,  is now the only one who wants to put her paws (sans galoshes) in this creek and splash around like crazy since we have no more toddlers around!!! 20 years ago, the oldest grandchild was 2 years old and the youngest hadn’t yet joined the family.

1997 was the last time this creek was running on our property — 11 (ELEVEN!) grandchildren have joined the family since then.  Creekside Farms was founded in 1988 and this creek was the inspiration for our name.

lotsa water

running through the dormant lavender

Lily, the golden, playing in the creek

Happy First Day of Spring Planting

It’s that time again and we are getting our starter seeds ready to go.  Here are some of our planting trays ready for strawflower seeds.

 

Planting trays are prepped and ready to be seeded

One of team members, Gil, hand seeding each little pod with strawflower seeds.

We can’t wait to share the process with you!

Happy Spring!

Farm Day

We were invited to participate, once again, in our local community’s Farm Day, a day devoted to sharing and teaching about agriculture in its various forms here in South Monterey County.  It was a wonderful feeling to talk about what we grow and to explain that farming doesn’t just produce heads of lettuce, cabbage, onions and broccoli. There were “oooh’s and aah’s” as we held up bunches of herbs, lavender, yarrow and pepper berries that we have planted, grown and harvested right here on our farm. I think we may have “planted a few seeds” for some future female farmers whose love of the flowers and the wreaths we create out of them was evident.

Farm Day is a program that brings together business, industry, community and education to benefit third grade students. It provides information and hands on demonstrations about the agricultural industry of Monterey County. It gives students an opportunity to be exposed to various aspects of agriculture: everything from food production to wreath making.

 

Who knew that burying your hands in a large wooden bowl of loose lavender bud could elicit such delight and excitement from third grade children, their teachers, parents and chaperones?

Teri showing one of our Twig Heart Wreath designs 

Sweet, bright faces

Future Farmer?

Happy Farm Day participants 

We are already looking forward to next year’s Farm Day and having another 300 or so third graders brighten our day, learn about what we do and be inspired!

Easter/wrEAthSTER

Whatever your tradition, whatever your beliefs, this holiday is a beautiful time to celebrate family and all things new.

Here at the farm, we are working our little white bunny tails off shipping wreaths and nests to decorate homes all across the country.

Here is what I see when I look down today:

Everyone should have one of these utility belts!  Think cell phones if you don’t have any pockets, clippers for gardeners, pens or paintbrushes if you’re an artist, extra wipes or pacifiers if you’re a new mommy, dish towels if you’re a chef….

Oh, and we just have to show you one of our adorable Easter nests!

Spring Moss Nest

Passing Beauty On

When we received the photograph below from one of our customers, we immediately printed it out and “oohed and awwed”.  We were proud, of course, that the Zinnia Wreath we sent looked so pretty ~ but we were even more stunned by the cool picture!

We were also touched that the recipient took the time to take a picture, express her delight, and send it to us.

We use this beautiful photograph with gratitude and her permission.

 

 

Whatever heart your heart desires

We currently have three incredibly beautiful hearts to choose from to make a special someone’s or your own Valentine’s Day unquestionably memorable.

This delicate stunner is made with marjoram and sage as its herb base and is decorated with a pink freeze dried rose, pink larkspur, baby’s breath, white statice and fresh bay leaves.

The purple herb base on the wreath below is Santa Cruz Oregano ~ the three rosebuds have a beautiful purple hue that compliments it perfectly. Fresh bay leaves and dried white statice complete the old fashioned look of this heart.

Last, but definitely not least is the exquisite simplicity of this fresh rosemary and heather heart wreath. One of our personal favorites and even more striking in person.

What we didn’t know about Mr. Love…

“Love Stinks” seems like the appropriate soundtrack to the legendary events of February 14th about 1,000 years ago. It turns out that tragedy had a hand in originating the now fluffed, candied, hearts and flowers holiday of today.

Claudius II, emperor of Rome during 270 AD was inclined to believe that marriage made men weak and that “love” was a distraction to the ultimate goal — fighting and winning wars. We don’t know if there was a personal reason for this opinion or whether or not he himself had an awful or distracting experience with love, but, being the Roman Emperor, he had the power to completely ban marriage and he did.

Some things in life, however, cannot be stopped by laws, opinions, bans, persecution or even the threat of death.

Love, Love, Love

St. Valentine became the Ambassador Of Love and began secretly performing marriage ceremonies for couples desperately in love. He was arrested once he was found out (did a disillusioned bride or groom tattle on him?) and imprisoned.

There are a few legendary tales describing the happenings thereafter, but the gist of the story is that St. Valentine wrote a note to a girl that had fallen in love with him during his time behind bars. He wrote it right before he was killed.  He signed it “From your Valentine”.

Good news is that Mr. Valentine has not been forgotten.  Not by a long shot. His sacrifice for love has been celebrated and has grown in popularity and significance over time.

At this point in time, those who choose not to celebrate it or who choose to ignore it or (*GASP*) forget about it are the persecuted ones and seem to be eligible for their own kind of imprisonment.

That being said, we are still enjoying creating new versions of hearts and flowers in celebration of Valentine’s Day – see below 🙂

Kind Words

We were so happy in the office to receive these kind words from one of our valued customers – we were so excited that we may be oversharing 🙂

Hi Creekside Farms,

I want you to know how much I love your quality products. I purchased the pepperberry and eucalyptus wreath and garlands. When I received my package the items were fresh and fragrant, they held up beautifully throughout the holidays. Now that the season is over they have dried but are still just as beautiful (see pic).

Thank you for creating such a beautiful quality product. I look forward to future purchases.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ericka
Thank you, Ericka! We are looking forward to providing you with more freshness and fragrance for years to come.

Taking A Moment

“Life is not measured by the breaths you take but, by the moments that take your breath away”.

Perhaps a little preview of what is coming in the next few months – this rabbit caught Scott’s attention from his desk. We were able to snap a few pictures before we were spotted and the bunny got jumpy.

Don’t think some of us could stop ourselves from saying
“awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww”

when this little cottontail started washing its face in the shelter of our lavender.