As we near the summer solstice and officially welcome our long-awaited friend, Summer, we say good-bye to our spring blooms for another year. While we may not have enjoyed the cool wet spring this year, the spring beauties growing in the hoop house loved it. Cool temperatures and grey skies made for amazingly long stems and lush blooms of ranunculus, anemone, and stock.
While piles of snow lingered outside, we tucked the anemone and ranunculus into the cool soil of the hoop house in February. As the daylight and warmth increased, they sent up tiny shoots while the snow and frost came and went. A few blooms appeared in early May and then they rocked on through the rest of spring.
Some years, we get weeks and weeks of slow and steady flowering. This year, June arrived and suddenly the temperatures sky-rocketed, sending these beauties into hyper-bloom mode. They do not love the heat, and so the blooming came and went in only a few short weeks. It was a flurry of cutting, packing, and arranging!
We're savoring the last few of these spring queens before turning the beds over this week to heat-loving summer flowers like celosia and gomphrena. A bitter-sweet farewell for another year to these spring friends, but a hearty long-awaited hello to SUMMER!!