July has started and the gardens are thriving. We had been hoping to start this series sooner, but as can be imagined - the Chapple Family has been busy. Since our introduction post, Holly Chapple has been to North Carolina and back. The Chapel Designer conference in Chapel Hill, NC went beautifully, and was stocked with plenty of blooms from our farm. While Holly Chapple Flowers and the Chapel Designers have been out designing, we have been in the fields farming and growing for future events.
Over the course of one year, we have grown and harvested a variety of flowers and produce. We typically start our plants from seeds as opposed to saplings. We have tomatoes, blueberries, corn, sweet peas, beans, raspberries, and blackberries, and we have begun apple trees. Our focus is not particularly on produce, but we certainly have the space for it. As for flowers, just to name a few - in different seasons we have amaranthus, zinnias, sunflowers, celosia, cosmos, peonies, larkspur, and many more. We have only owned Hope since August of 2015, and each year we try to increase what we grow. We have a myriad of different goals and dreams for this property, and a bunch of ideas that will become a reality that we haven’t even fathomed yet.
July has just begun. We have already had some plants come and go for the year. Our peonies had a lively spring and are now resting until next year. Our sweet peas, cosmos, and larkspur thrived through June and are now getting ready to rest to make room for some new summer blossoms. We have been plucking Japanese Beetles from the garden, we have purchased bees to help our flowers, and we have been fertilizing our gardens. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our dahlias, zinnias, and other summer blooms.
We have been using these blooms for summer floral intensives, photo shoots, conferences, and our designs for fun. Each week we hope to give you different information - interviews, how-to’s, or photos of what we have been using. Feel free to comment on this post with any requests or questions you may have. We are so happy to share our garden with you, whether truly in the fields or just online.