Submitted by Lori H.
As a new gardening year begins, the following flower adventure might help you dream of the summer to come.
On a glorious sunny July day, I set out with my sister, cousin, and nieces to Cedar Circle Farm in Thetford, Vermont, to pick flowers for my niece Sarah’s wedding. Cedar Circle Farm is a certified organic vegetable and berry farm that also offers flower-picking parties for weddings. The flower-picking season begins in late June and continues through late September. For the early blooms, growing begins in February and continues throughout the spring and summer. The fields are constantly being replenished with seasonal blooms to ensure that prospective brides will have a variety of blossoms and greens to choose from.
With scissors and bucket in hand, I found myself in flower nirvana as I strolled among the dozens of flower rows, clipping away at standouts like zinnia, dahlia, scabiosa, cosmos, snapdragons, amaranthus, interesting Bells of Ireland, and ornamental grasses. Just when I felt my bucket was full I would find other eye-catching blossoms and keep picking! Besides every possible color of zinnia, I found the amaranthus to be very interesting, with its cascading growth pattern and rich rosy tones. It made a beautiful addition to the wedding arbor decoration. Another favorite was a sweet variety of scabiosa called the “Pincushion Drumstick.” This variety maintains its color and shape for a long while, and is perfect for dried arrangements. Click the link at the bottom to see a picture of it.
We collected 10 buckets of flowers and got straight to work. In 3 hours, we created 12 bouquets, 12 boutonnieres, 5 flower crowns (one of which was for Sarah and Tim’s dog) and enough ball jar vases to decorate the reception venue. Fortunately, Cedar Circle Farm was able to store the flower creations and deliver them to the wedding location at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont. They arrived as fresh as they were the day we picked them, which was 2 days prior to the wedding!
While the wedding was lovely, the flower-picking experience was the highlight for me. I don’t know if it was the fresh mountain air, the blue sky, the flowers, or the bonding with my sister and nieces that sparked our creativity, but I have to believe it was the ideal recipe for a picture-perfect day.
Do not miss the other glorious Field of Flowers pictures; please click here.