February 2019 Newsletter
January 2019 has flown by and this slower time of the year will soon be behind us. Over the past month, we have been spending much of our time keeping watch over the fields of ranunculus, anemones and other hardy annuals. Rain and high winds have been keeping us on our toes. Now as February is about to begin, it looks like extreme temperature changes may be another challenge we face in protecting the sprouting plants and flowers from freezing temperatures at night. Also in January, we have added several varieties of willows and a number of fruiting crabapple trees. You can read more about these additions below plus an update on our cooler construction project.
~STILL WATERS FARM AND GARDENS
Willows and Crabapples
In addition to offering fresh cut, field grown, specialty flowers, we are preparing for future offerings of willows and fruiting branches. This past month we planted a row of crabapple trees to add to blueberry bushes we started in 2018. We are also excited about starting 6 different varieties of willows, which can make wonderful additions to arrangements or be transformed into festive creations like willow wreaths. The varieties we have started include Red Curly, Green Curly, Burgundy Curly, Golden Curls, Giant Pussy Willow and Flame (straight stems of bright orangey/copper red bark).
Cooler Construction moving along well!
Back in 2018, we began the conversion of an old (and I mean old) hand built 🔨 shed into a flower cooler 🌸. Given the starting condition of this shed, we knew we were in for an extended project timeline, but now we are getting close to celebrating the completion. Here is a quick review of our project and some challenges we faced. In phase 1, we had to first repair a giant hole in the roof before putting on a new roof. For phase 2, we removed the damaged siding, fixed part of the foundation and applied new paint to the outside. Next, we began phase 3 with insulating the inside. Here is where the challenging part also began.
Given an odd ceiling shape and the settling of the structure, every piece of rigid insulation was custom cut (some several times) to fit the out-of-square walls and ceiling. Finally after several weeks of cutting insulation boards, foaming gaps and taping seams, we are ready to move to the last phase, putting in the electric connection and starting up the Coolbot.
Bouquet Subscriptions 🌼 now available
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If you are looking for that unique gift that keeps on giving, consider a Bouquet Subscription. With the purchase of a subscription, you will receive a hand-crafted bouquet of the freshest flowers every week based on the length of the subscription you choose.
A Bouquet Subscription makes a wonderful gift for someone special, a mother, a wife, a friend or anyone that loves flowers.
For more information, please visit our online shop at www.stillwatersfarmandgardens.com.
STILL WATERS FARM AND GARDENS is a family run flower farm and floral design studio situated in the Mountain View community of Catawba County. Our farm offers seasonal specialty cut flowers 🌼, foliages 🌾 and edibles 🌿 to florists, restaurants and supermarkets. We also offer lovely garden style bouquets and arrangements using flowers and greenery carefully selected and harvested fresh from our fields. Our products are available for purchase at our seasonal roadside Farm Stand and online* at www.stillwatersfarmandgardens.com. Though we are growing all year round, our flowers and arrangements are offered beginning in early Spring and ending in late Fall.
Whether you are looking for a custom arrangement or several buckets of flowers, we look forward to serving your floral needs.
* – Available for delivery in Hickory, NC and surrounding areas