Henry came running inside the house last Saturday to announce that there was a huge swarm of honey bees in the backyard. April swarms are a bit of a shock for beekeepers as it is quite early for queens to take half a hive out on the road with her in search of a new home. We were grateful for the surprise though and Patti didn’t hesitate to suit up and make a grab for the swarm (well, maybe a little). After all, you can never have enough bees on a flower farm and wedding season is upon us so we need happy flowers!
Watch as Patti and her stalwart intern, Eugenia, wrangle in their first April honey bee swarm.
Last weekend, we received a few new “pond guests” after some feathered friends found themselves in need of a home. We spliced together a few shots from the cell phone and laid down a silly sound track just for fun…
We are very happy to introduce our intern this year, Eugenia Alcorta!
Eugenia is currently a student at the School of Professional Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden. She will be with us until the end of June. Eugenia has a passion for learning all about flower farming and floral design and we are so delighted to have her!
Her family owns a 30-acre farm in Argentina so she knows what it takes to make a farm work and we are looking to learn a lot from her as well.
Eugenia has already demonstrated the true grit of flower farmer as she braved a very chilly start to the growing season with temps barely getting into the forties this week. We look forward to the warmer days ahead and for her first blooms to take root in the fields.
Week #10 – February 29
We’ve had some pretty beautiful days this last week of February here in northwestern NJ. The weather was warm and sunny and we all rushed outside to get some work done. Working outside in February is what we call a “freebie,” a day that you would not otherwise count on to get some work done. The bees came out as well as the crocuses and we worked to the sounds of the bluebirds calling back and forth to each other. This is the time to get those nest boxes up since they will build their nests in March.
Spring is in the air!
Week #9 – February 24th 2016
One of the great aspects about my work is that I get to meet and work with new people all the time.
This winter I have been meeting with brides and grooms, their moms and dads, sisters, cousins, friends and even a dog or two here and there! Recently a bride referred to me as an artist instead of a vendor and I just knew I was going to love this bride! It’s true, floral design work can be considered a form of art, but really even farming is an art form (ask any farmer!) and I felt so happy that she recognized that.
I also have the opportunity to work with many other artisans as well. Photographers, chefs, pastry makers, wedding planners and everyone involved in making a wedding day perfect for the bride and groom, they are all artists in their own way.
Here are some pictures from a photographer, friend and fellow artisan that I have had the pleasure of working with several times in the last few years named Tyson Trish. I love the clarity of his photos and how he truly captures the feeling in these moments. See for yourself below in Betty and Ray’s wedding from September 2015 at Perona Farms.