Flower Calendar - See Photos Below
January, February, March
Bob harvests these beautiful, long-stemmed woody ornamentals in January and February! Cut in their dormant state, it only takes a few days before they become beautiful bouquets of yellow forsythia. Averaging 36" in length and longer, they are quite a treat during the dreary winter months in Michigan.
We've tried an experiment with the forsythia this year by shipping them to family and friends around the country. They traveled well and arrived in a semi-dormant state--turning into beautiful bouquets a few days later. The Post Office actually has long boxes for this purpose.
April, May, June
Seriously now, could there be a more beautiful flower on this planet than one which grows into a perfectly shaped little heart? (We are surprised that bleeding hearts are not used more frequently in wedding decor) Anyway, we love this flower and they are a joy to grow. We have them growing in the shaded woods at the back of the farm and they love their environment--happily growing with very little care.
(Last spring, we decorated a friend's retirement party with vases of bleeding heart and redbud twigs--all sitting on pale pink tablecloths...they were stunnng in their simplicity.)
Speaking of a perfect flower, another very appealing and beautiful flower is the allium--long-stemmed, perfectly round flowerhead with purple florets (they come in white, too) Who could resist these beautiful flowers?
Hanging Cone Planters
These small planters are a real hit. Simple rattan cones filled with small spring pansies of various colors and are just too cute. We think they would be beautiful enhancements to showers or weddings. Sweet hanging from the back of a chair or used as favors.
July, August, September
It is mostly about the sunflowers this time of year. This is it--our season. The sunflowers are our very favorite. How many people really get to see sunflower fields right in their own backyards? We feel truly blessed to have studied the many varieties of this remarkable flower and have learned to absolutely love this wonderful "happy" and long-lasting flower.
Truly a unique, beautiful, regal flower. If drama is the goal, then these beauties are it. They grow from 3 to 5 feet in length with large flower heads which contain the tiniest and most perfect, delicate florets that grow right to their very tips. The florets are white, white and perfectly formed...beautiful for weddings. This too is an awesome, beautiful, and breathtaking flower field.
Bob grows these hydroponically and they are always a huge hit with our customers. They resemble a perfect little rose, but they are much hardier and will last much longer. Bob uses them in his victorian arrangements for the farmers markets and also uses them in his fall pumpkin arrangements--they do great outdoors so they are a nice additional to home fall decor--even into Thanksgiving.
Because they are actually edible, we think they make an elegant addition to a formal dinner occasion as a plate garnish or even incorporated into a salad. But, make no mistake these are meant to be cut flowers and they are stunning.
We have rows and rows of sedum. This year we are going to harvest it early (before it changes pink) because we think the green is so pretty combined with the kale roses arrangements.
Bob grows the ornamental broomcorn in rows next to the pumpkins. They grow to approximately 12' in length. This is somewhat like a cornstalk but much more dramatic. The "broom" is made up of small orange berries and is also used is fall flower arrangements. Most of our customers decorate their porches/yards with our pumpkins and broomcorn. Some customers enjoy feeding the wildlife in their areas and use it for that purpose.
Bob's Designer Pumpkins
Last but certainly not least, we have Bob's own creations, called Bob's Designer Pumpkins. These are amazingly beautiful and fun pumpkins that people drive for miles to purchase for their fall/Halloween decorating. The pumpkins have been a lot of fun for us. Bob sells the seeds on a national level but sells the pumpkins at the farmers markets and at a self-serve stand at the farm. We hope you'll take a look at the pumpkins on our second website. www.BobsDesignerPumpkins.com
Enjoy our flower calendar!
Note: We'd like to thank friend, photographer, and artist, Zakk Barozzini, for many of the beautiful photos featured on both of our websites. His many talents include a unique sense of artistry and the knack for truly capturing the moment--which are clearly evident in his photos. Thank you, Zakk!
Backyard Bouquet Farm, Inc.
22161 32 Mile Road
Armada, Michigan 48005
SEE BOB'S DESIGNER PUMPKINS AT OUR SEPARATE WEBSITE!
May 4 through October 26, 2013 find us at the
Rochester Farmers Market
8:00 am to 1:00 pm