Saturday, May 14, 2016

Visiting Local Farms & Roadside Stands for Flowers in Pennsylvania

I spent an entire afternoon last week cleaning out my koi pond, draining it and refilling it and getting it - and my yard - ready for summer. We had a mild winter and I was happy to see that all of my fish and even my frog had survived the winter.

We had just gotten over more than a week of damp, wet weather and I couldn't wait to get outside. I love having my coffee in my backyard every morning. I usually land up taking my laptop outside with me and working outside for a while. It's so peaceful next to the pond. I could just read or work there for hours. I could go barefoot all summer long. Summer is by far my favorite season, and there's nothing I love more than feeling the earth and grass beneath my bare feet. 

I'm excited to get flowers planted around my patio, pond, and in my flower beds. Each spring I go with my sister to a couple of the local Mennonite farms where they have huge greenhouses and sell all types of flowers. We go together and split flats so that we both have a nice variety to plant.


This was the first farm that we went to, they have four or five huge greenhouses. This is their roadside stand.

My sister wanted to take this cat home. He was so friendly! 

On our stroll up to the greenhouses we first came to this huge row of rhubarb. I love strawberry rhubarb pie! My last rhubarb plant was a transplant from one at my mom's house but it didn't make it, so I'll have to try to plant another one asap. 

Stepping into the first greenhouse this was what I saw. What an awesome groovy chair! I couldn't resist snapping a picture of it.


There were loads of petunias and geraniums and some snapdragons but the sky was getting dark and it was going to pour any minute, so we decided to just look today and come back in a couple days to buy after we saw what they had. 


I had never seen black pansies before - kind of creepy! And they weren't dark purple, they really were black. 

We left that farm and drove on to an organic farm's roadside stand that my sister frequents. There's no one there to man the stand, it works on the honor system; you leave the money in a jar. That's how many of the roadside fruit and vegetable stands operate in Pennsylvania. This one had fresh eggs, rhubarb, and asparagus. My sister said their asparagus was to die for, so she bought a bunch. One left! 





We pass these old railroad cars on our way...while driving through Topton, PA.


Rain coming so heading home... but we'll be back in a couple days to buy our flowers.



Enjoy the rest of your week! 
Love, Laura


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article and images ©Laura Beth Love 2016

10 comments:

  1. My neighbor has a fish pond, but has to winter his fish in his basement. We had a mild winter also. Our spring has been cold, dry and slowly warming up in southern Maine. Just this morning, I decided to go an "look" at plants, which is just code for buying plants, since I love them so. I bought some old fashioned nicotiana, which is related to the tobacco plant. It grows tall, has tiny white flowers that smell heavenly. It is NOT a pretty plant and hard to find. I also bought some zinnias, which others may sow from seed, but the growing season is so short here and this year, it seems like it will never get warm. I also bought some colius and some cock's comb, oh and catmint for the fur friends, but no one likes it. As I was paying, I was warned that the temperatures might still be a bit too cold at night and to put my plants in the porch. It's May 15th and still talk of possible snow showers up farther north.
    Very unusual winter and spring this year. I must admit, I am hoping the summer isn't too hot and humid. Warm is fine, but tropical is too much for me, unless I can stay by a pool.
    I bet there are some great, old fashioned flowers in the Mennonite community.
    Good luck with your gardening.

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    1. We too had a frost advisory last night, hard to believe for this time of year in Eastern PA but so far our spring has been cold too - and rain for like the past 10 days! So much for April showers, we got it all in May. Your plants sound wonderful. My father used to love zinnias too. They really are beautiful. I looked up nicotiana, and will see if I can spot it at one of our greenhouses. I hang bright baskets around my patio and pond area to attract hummingbirds and this year am going to try to do a little more of that. Happy planting!

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  2. I enjoyed seeing your trip to the farm stands for asparagus and flowers. I did the same thing this morning and the scenery isn't too much different here in Illinois. But no Mennonite or Amish...boo hoo, I love them!
    Ginene

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    1. Hi Ginene, Funny that the scenery is similar. Yes we have both Mennonite and Amish farms here. This is in the area of Kutztown PA. I love being a couple miles from the countryside yet just an hour away from the big city.

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  3. I love asparagus! Looks like a lovely afternoon.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Chelsey! Hopefully my next trip will be sunnier :)

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  4. love your pond with all those hosta, my fish made it through the winter as well, I'm needing to add some more greenery around the pond this year too. Happy planting.

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    1. Irene, I love the hosta! I love in summer when it's in full bloom around the pond.

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  5. I picked up a chair like that for $12 a year or so ago. Different fabric though. It is in my attic and I finally am redoing a bedroom into a sewing/reading room and it will be in that room. I am so looking forward to the roadside stands and farmers markets.

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    1. Linda, Our local outdoor farmer's market just opened but I haven't been there yet. It's been too rainy and/or cold!

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