Happy New Year!
As much as I love Christmas, the holidays and all of the twinkly decor and parties that go along, I have come to enjoy January as a natural time of reflection and an opportunity for a re-set. Beyond the inevitable, aspirational exercise goals, a new year really prompts an examination of the year that has just passed and invites thoughts and new plans for the year that lies ahead. Some of my plans for 2023..
I started Piper’s Lane Flowers in February, 2020, fully unknowing that the world was literally on the brink of shut down. Lucky for me, the business of growing flowers was perfectly suited for a pandemic. I could still work outside, create arrangements and deliver flowers in the neighborhood. (My 15 year olds would drive me around to deliver while getting their driving hours in and I sanitized the vases and gate handles with Clorox wipes as I dropped the flowers off.) Customers were more than happy to have fresh, weekly arrangements inside the houses in which they were trapped. Everyone was home all the time.
It’s been 3 years now and and like all of you, I am unbelievably grateful that life has returned pretty much to normal. The days of wiping down all of our groceries is becoming a distant memory and kind of unbelievable that we did all of those things. Life returning to normal includes traveling and vacations and being able to go out in the world again. Given these changes, I think it makes sense to reconfigure the subscription service to offer spring and fall seasons. (Last year over the summer many people missed weeks or rearranged weeks because of travel.) This little break in June and July will also allow me the opportunity to travel more too, which is one of my favorite things to do!
I will offer spring subscriptions for six weeks starting mid to late April through May. I literally planted 1300 bulbs last fall so the offerings should be bountiful! Heirloom narcissus (fancy daffodils) which are creamy yellows, white and apricot colors in ruffly, layered fragrant blooms. Tulips of all colors and types:exotic parrots, fringed, densely petalled peony tulips as well as large egg shaped. (These are not your regular Trader Joe’s tulips. Not to diss TJ’s.... don’t even get me started on how much I love everything about Trader Joe’s, especially their garden roses, but the tulips I plant are unusual and bigger than the typical tulip). Spring also includes allium...a giant sphere of purple, (a beautiful cousin to onions and garlic!) lilacs and lily of the valley (the flowers that will always remind me of my sweet grandma).Throw in sweet pea tendrils, scented geraniums and fresh mint as greens and you have a breath of spring on your table!
Fall share is for 8 weeks: August and September. This is when the garden comes into its true prime after a whole summer of growth. The flowers include zinnias (my current favorite is Queen Lime Red, which is a pretty terrible name for a color so beautiful...it really looks like antique mauve with an hombre effect), tall azalea-like snapdragons in gorgeous, subtle shades with names like Sherbet and Chantilly lace, celosia, sunflowers, pincushion flowers and the coveted star of late summer/fall: the dahlia. Dahlias are so perfectly petalled they don’t even seem real....they come in giant dinner plate size down to the cutest little balls you can imagine. The fall arrangements can get a little wild with love in a puff vines, basil, Queen Anne’s lace and lots of other beautiful greenery and supporting flowers.
Registration for 2023 subscriptions is open now! Sign up for spring, fall or both! My revamped website has pricing details, more photos and logistics. https://piperslaneflowers.com/flower-subscriptions-2
Please always feel free to email me with any questions you may have and, as always, I appreciate you spreading my info to the flower loving friends and family in your life!
Here’s to a wonderful 2023!
Hello from Piper’s Lane!
It has been a bit since I last wrote a newsletter....I can sleep at night, though, since I don’t believe any of you are on pins and needles waiting for it! I do want to catch you up and tell you about some plans for the end of the year. So here goes....
In addition to my porch pick ups for subscribers on Tuesdays and Fridays, this year, we added a weekly remote pick up in Central Park (formerly Stapleton). A generous repeat customer made her porch available for her neighbors to come collect their arrangements each week. It was great to expand the Piper’s Lane family! I was able to be part of a very fun wedding in August and always get a thrill when the bride first sees her bouquet, the flower girls see their crowns and so on. Many florists complain about the stress and misery of working with brides, but I have had only lovely experiences and feel quite honored to be part of their vision for their big day. A few other events, an auction and frequent requests for larger arrangements for occasions kept me out of trouble. So all in all a busy, productive growing season. Some of my faves from this season: (see right)
In my personal life, things have shifted. Last spring my twins graduated from high school and therefore late summer was spent shopping, packing and shopping a little more as we moved them into their respective colleges (CSU and Montana State) for Freshman year. My oldest, who is also in college, got his first place alone and I was cordially invited to accompany him to WA to shop again and suit up his place. (Good thing I like to shop and decorate!) We are now officially an empty nest! It is a bizarre feeling after having kids in the house for 21 years, but they are all loving their independence and thriving, so it’s hard to be too upset. Below are my sons moving my daughter into her dorm at CSU.
My solution to that quiet, weird feeling: plant more bulbs! In fact after digging up all of the dahlia tubers to store over the winter, clearing the beds, and amending the soil I went ahead and planted 1300 tulips and narcissus! We had that extra month of the season (usual first frost is the first of October), so it was just in the last few weeks that I got them all in. Cannot wait for them to start blooming next spring.
If you are looking for a unique gift for a flower lover in your life (sister, parents, group gift for a teacher) a flower subscription could be a great fit. (Lord knows I’ll have tulips coming out of my ears!) I am happy to provide a digital or printed gift card for the recipient. If you are interested in a subscription for yourself, I will be sending out details for pricing/registration in January.
I did not manage to hold any flower arranging workshops this summer (launching those kids and two parents weekends kept my days full!) but I am offering winter wreath workshops for those in the mood to customize the exact wreath of your desires! I will provide choice of wreath (evergreen, boxwood or grapevine) and a variety of botanical (eucalyptus, pines, cedar, magnolia, seed heads) and non-botanical items (deer, paper houses, stars, ribbon, etc) to embellish in a variety of styles. It’s all your choice! I will be there for design inspiration and good cheer. Holiday drinks and nibbles provided. $65/person. I am happy to host a private group of friends. If interested, email me for dates in December that work in your schedules.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I wanted to let you all know how thankful I am for you, your business and support. Hope you all enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.
Happy first day of spring! It at least feels like it today, although I do believe it’s going to snow again tomorrow! This is the thrill of springtime in Colorado, right?! 2022 is the third official growing season of Piper’s Lane Flowers and I thought since many of you have joined this list since I first started that perhaps I should quickly re-introduce myself.
Hi. I’m Kristen! I have been gardening like a maniac for over 20 years and have always love, love, loved flowers. I grew up in my grandma’s garden watching her grow fragrant pink roses, lily of the valley and lilac hedges that I could get lost in. I’m sure many of you have the same experiences…flowers often evoke such nostalgia. I consider flowers a necessity in life and even when I was a broke grad student, (I’m also an Occupational Therapist) I marched to the Farmer’s Market every Saturday to buy my fresh bouquet. I think they have the power to change your state of mind for the better.
I grow all my flowers from seeds that I start under grow lights in my basement. I plant in every inch of my Denver lot as well as those of some wonderful neighbors’ too! I learned about growing obviously in the hard, kill-a-million plants way over the years, but also by taking an intensive course through a super cool farm in WA called Floret. She teaches high density planting techniques and uses only natural ways to make plants flourish. I also took a few years of floral design classes at Emily Griffith School of Opportunity, (back when it was called that…I love that name!) Sprinkle in lots of classes from Denver Botanic Gardens, tons of reading and my sheer desire to grow beautiful flowers and here I am!
A few of my favorite things about having started Piper’s Lane Flowers: 1) Seeing the quantity of amazing flowers that come from a single, teeny, tiny seed still and always will blow my mind.
2). Watching my subscribers debate and decide which arrangement to take home each week.
I love that they love flowers as much as I do. 3). Creating arrangements each week.
If you’d like to be in on the flower action, I still have a few slots for weekly and bi-monthly flower subscriptions. Spring share will likely begin mid-late April. AND I have exciting news, if I can get a few more subscribers there, I will offer a second pick up location in the Central Park neighborhood (formerly Stapleton). If you have wanted to subscribe but didn’t want to schlepp down to my neighborhood near DU, then now is the time to sign up! Think how cheerful and fragrant your kitchen table or desk at work or home will be with fresh, weekly flower arrangements from the most local possible grower! Head to my website at Flower Subscriptions (piperslaneflowers.com) for details. You can have 22 weeks of unique flowers for less than $20/week incl. tax. A subscription would also make a wonderful gift for friend, mom, or teacher.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions. I’ve added few more pictures of arrangements from last season so you can see the size and variety of flowers. Do you have spring fever yet?? I do!
Hello Flower Friends!
I am always shocked and in denial how, yet another year has passed by so quickly. (I guess that means I am having fun?! More likely that I am old…huh?) Unbelievably, it’s a wrap on a second year of sowing, growing, and arranging flowers to spread a little floral joy in this world! Lucky, lucky me….
Like all the New Year’s Eve specials do at this time of year, I like to reflect on the year we are about to exit. All in all, I feel very happy about 2021 at Piper’s Lane. No crazy hailstorms or freakish snows in early September like last year. It was a warm one, but the flowers liked it and I dare say the Japanese beetles were fewer in number, which is a relief! The cooler I built in Nov 2020 was a total game changer for me. I feel like my flowers held so much better and it would have been impossible to pull off the events I did without it. I’m not gonna lie on all those ridiculously hot days last summer, I would just stand in my cooler with a Diet Coke, cool my jets and hope I didn’t somehow get locked in. (Only one scare!)
The weekly subscriptions I create were able to reach more people this year (many repeat customers and folks who I didn’t know that found me through the Floret website!) I set up my first pop up flower stand just before Mother’s Day and the sense of community and enthusiastic support were just fantastic. I went old school and put-up posters on telephone poles in the neighborhood. I met neighbors who have lived here for 50 years as well as adorable DU students and everyone in between. People like to be connected, especially now, I think. Serving sangria also didn’t hurt! It was fun and I look forward to doing more of these in the future.
The biggest difference from year one was event work. I was honored to be part of several weddings, charity and corporate events this year. It was so much fun to take part in dreaming up and then creating. the vision that these lovely ladies had in mind. (Rose shortages and shipping issues made sure to not make it too dreamy though and keep me grounded in reality!)
The other new thing for 2021 was doing workshops. These “Flower Bars” were so enjoyable for me, and I think everyone else too. I got to combine my love of entertaining with arranging flowers all while hanging out with awesome people. It was fun to see every person’s creation and experience the contagious, uplifting spirit that being surrounded by beauty can create. I am certainly going to be more diligent about setting the dates for these for all seasons, early on. I would love for you to join me!
If you haven’t finished up your holiday shopping yet and have a person in mind who just loves fresh, unique flowers, I am happy to provide a digital or paper gift certificate for a 2022 flower subscription. If you are interested in a flower subscription for yourself, registration is now open! I have a finite number of slots (and space to grow!) for Spring, Summer and Fall shares. You can sign up for weekly or bi-monthly arrangements for your favorite season or for all three. That is almost 6 months of flowers every week! Please visit my website at piperslaneflowers.com for the varieties of flowers to expect each season as well as pricing for weekly and bi-monthly subscriptions each season. Always, feel free to email me if you have any questions.
I think that’s it for my 2021 recap, except to say thank you to all of you who have supported me and cheered me on and helped during this last year. I am terribly grateful for all of it. Happy holidays and wishing you a wonderful New Year in 2022!
(picture to right is the gigantic mantle at the Manor House wedding I did in September)
Oh my goodness, where has the summer gone? It has been a very busy and productive one over here and I am remiss to say I have slacked on writing newsletters! For those of you new to my email list, welcome! This is where I keep you all in the know about what’s growing and going on in my neck of the woods. (FYI: previous newsletters are on my website).
All of those carefully divided and stored dahlia tubers that have been so boring all summer are on the verge of exploding into bloom! Zinnias, in their riot of color, cheery sunflowers, cosmos, snapdragons, scabiosa and calendula just keep coming. My favorite vine of all time, “love in a puff”, is mature now with little green lanterns formed and begging to be squished…(don’t do it!)
Ahh, the late summer garden…
Last time I wrote, I was about to have a pop-up flower stand. Well, I did, and it was so much fun! More than anything, I loved getting to meet neighbors…from DU students to retirees and everyone in between. It was great to feel connected to our community. People were so nice and happy to support a very local grower! I do believe if all of my dahlias start churning out blooms, I might just have an end of summer pop-up stand too. I will keep you posted.
In addition to the bi-weekly flower subscriptions, I have been happily doing a bit of event work. A few fundraising luncheons, corporate events and a wedding are now officially under my belt. I am SO GLAD I invested in building a walk-in cooler last year…total game changer! Below are photos of the recent wedding, bouquet and lovely bride, of course.
I’ve gotten a bit of practice using magnetic closures for boutonnières and corsages, which is so much easier than pins! If all goes well and our high schoolers are having normal Homecoming festivities and you find you have a teen needing wearable flowers, let me know!
Last but not least, I finally have a few dates in mind for flower arranging workshops! These are open sessions to the first 4-8 respondents. (Minimum 4 participants). If you have a group of friends that would like to attend together, I am happy to reserve a private session.
*Saturday, Sept 4th 9:30am-11am
*Wednesday, Sept 15th 5:30pm-7pm
*Thursday, Sept 30th 5:30pm-7pm
*Sunday, Oct 10th 9:30am-11am (TBD cut flowers vs wreaths with dried botanicals)
Workshop includes a walk through the garden and my work area with flower harvesting and conditioning tips. Drinks and nibbles provided while hearing instruction on how to design a natural garden-style arrangement. We will talk about structuring your arrangement, color bridging and layering as well as different shapes of flowers to combine for most dynamic composition. Then you choose from buckets of freshly harvested floral ingredients to create your masterpiece.
You will leave with a bit of knowledge, a lovely arrangement and hopefully feeling nice and relaxed. The workshop will take place outdoors, with two people per 6’ table. Use of tools and vase provided, just bring yourself! Cost is $55. Email me at email@example.com to inquire about a session, then Venmo (Kristendorighi@piperslaneflowers) or Zelle to secure your spot. I will email you workshop confirmation and my address. Hope you can join me!
We are headed into my favorite season….you can feel it in the air and see a change in the quality of light in the mornings. Here’s to a wonderful end of summer and transition to fall.
Hello Flower Friends,
Spring has finally sprung! (Surely we are finished with snow and lows in the teens…..fingers crossed.) I am up to my eyeballs in tulips and narcissus! Remember when I mentioned, last Fall, that I kept ordering bulbs, then forgetting and ordering more? Yeah, well, they are all coming up and it’s absolutely beautiful!
In fact, I have so many tulips, I am going to have a POP-UP FLOWER STAND in front of my house for people interested in the occasional bouquet. (1667 S. Lafayette Street) Stop by on either FRIDAY, MAY 7th 4pm-7pm or SATURDAY, MAY 8th 9am-3pm (or until flowers are gone) to grab a bouquet for Mother’s Day or just for yourself (yes, of course, you deserve and need flowers!)
I will have a variety of price points from posies wrapped in paper for $7 up to bigger arrangements in vases for $50 with a variety of prices/sizes in between.(Cash/Venmo/Zelle). Also, if you could do me a favor, I would so appreciate it if you would spread the word about my flower stand via your social networks! If you would like to order arrangements ahead of time for Mother’s Day, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am now getting into the groove of things this season; figuring out the rhythm of my weeks with harvesting/conditioning/arranging flowers for subscriber pick-ups, all the while shuffling tender seedlings indoors and out, getting them ready to plant out as soon as we know we won’t have another freeze! It’s a promising, busy time of year...
I will be setting up the flower arranging workshop schedule in the very near future. Please stay tuned! (If you have particular dates in mind for a workshop, let me know and I will pencil you in)
Happy Spring from Piper’s Lane Flowers, and I hope to see you soon!
P.S. If you wanna jump in on the Spring flower subscriptions, let me know quickly so we can get you on the schedule. We’re in week two now and I could catch you up if interested!
P.P.S. If anyone wants orach (‘Caramel Apple’) seedlings, they self-sowed like crazy and I would love to give you some! Just let me know...
Dear Flower Friends,
Guess what today is? The one year anniversary of Piper’s Lane Flowers becoming a business…yippee! What a crazy year to start a business. Luckily, my work is all at home and outdoors. I know it has helped me enormously through the pandemic to be outside, working with flowers and getting fresh air. I dare say, for subscribers, fresh flowers were a relief from the tedium of being cooped up in the house for months on end. I have learned so much in this first year and am so looking forward to the next one (for lots of reasons, no?) isn’t everyone?!
Although it is very definitely still winter, (seriously, a high temperature of 3 degrees this last weekend!?) my growing season has begun! Seeds are germinating and growing under grow lights in my basement and giving me a serious case of spring fever! I’ve got trays and trays of cold hardy annuals that will be planted out weeks before our last frost date. These cool-loving early bloomers such as larkspur, bells of Ireland, nigella, bachelor’s buttons, and allium along with well-known favorites like tulips, heirloom narcissus, lilacs, peonies and lily of the valley will make up many of the flowers offered in the Spring Share of my flower subscription service.
If you are interested in getting a subscription for the Spring Share, now is the time to let me know. First blooms should start mid-April and run 8 weeks through May. I design your arrangement in a vase/jar and set out on my porch (near Old South Pearl Street in Denver) for pick-up. (Pick-up days will be either Tuesday early evening or Friday mornings). Picking up your own arrangement gives you a choice from all of the unique bouquets…no two are the same! 8 week subscription is $175 including tax, 4 weeks of flower arrangements is $90. In addition to being extremely fresh, the flowers I grow are unusual, old-fashioned varieties, often with fragrance: basically flowers that are not readily available to buy in stores.
If you want the best deal and nearly 6 months of weekly flower arrangements, you may want the whole shebang: Piper’s Special. For $440 you will receive 22 weeks of flowers from mid-April through September. Alternately, you could get 12 weeks mid-April though Sept for $260.
Simply email me at email@example.com to let me know which option you are interested in and which pickup day works best in your schedule and I will mark you down. Once I receive payment via Venmo. Zelle, cash or check, your spot is secured! If picking up is an issue and would be a dealbreaker for you, reach out and we can look at delivery options for a fee. Also, if there are several subscribers in a neighborhood, let’s chat and see about finding an additional pickup site. This is the beauty of being a one woman show…I can be very flexible. I would never want to be the denier of flowers and beauty!
I am so excited for this growing season. Excited to use my new cooler and workspace, excited to offer new services (come arrange flowers and socialize with me at a Flower Bar!) and excited to continue learning and growing in all the ways possible.
P.S. On a completely different note, if you would like your spouse or teenagers to be on my email list to get hints and reminders around the holidays, send me their email address and I will offer flower arrangements at a variety of price points. We just had a very successful Valentine’s Day with lots of arrangements delivered to relieved spouses!
I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the holiday season. I had great intentions of getting this newsletter out much earlier, but time has a tendency to just slip through our fingers in the month of December, no?
I cut the last of the flowers in October, but have been busier than ever with Piper’s Lane. I emptied, purged and cleaned my garage (circa 1926) and built myself a walk-in flower cooler! It is a free standing structure in the garage: framing with tons of insulation sheets and an A/C unit that we will externally override to maintain the perfect flower temperature. I started out very eagerly with my plans and was exhausted and grateful when I finally finished. Believe me, it is not pretty. A real carpenter would rather poke her eyes with a rusty screwdriver upon close inspection of my work. But no matter; it is done, it will work and I did it! My project also involved creating a bigger workspace and storage area. I am so excited to use it!
The other big thing I did was revamp my website. I’ve updated the flow of it with new photos (thanks, Jenn Piccolo Photography!) and added more services and products. In addition to flower subscriptions, I will offer seasonal wreaths, floral jewelry, gift certificates and Flower Bars.
Please check out the details at piperslaneflowers.com.
A Flower Bar works like this: a small group (5-10 folks) come to my place, have some nibbles and drinks and, (with a bit of instruction from me along the way), create a beautiful flower arrangement from buckets of freshly harvested ingredients. The atmosphere will be festive and fun while still outdoors and distanced from each other, if need be.
For those of you who know me well, you know that I love to entertain and I obviously love flowers, so this may be the perfect set-up! Let me know if you are interested… I am picturing a fun girls afternoon, kids making bouquets for Mother’s Day or just a drop-in session with like-minded flower lovers who you’ve yet to meet!
Thanks to all who have already signed up for flowers in 2021! I’ve said it before and I will say it again, (because I really, really mean it) I appreciate your support and encouragement of my budding business. I don’t think many of us are sad to see 2020 behind us and are more than ready to look ahead to brighter times. As my cousin said, may 2021 be happy, healthy and completely and totally precedented.
Take Care and Best Wishes,
Dear Flower Lovers of America,
Happy Fall to you all! (First day was yesterday). Although the temperatures are still in the 90’s, you can feel a difference in the air, see a change in the quality and angle of light and, if you’re like me, get surprised when seemingly overnight, the leaves start to change and the landscape glows with yellows, orange and reds. I do love Fall.
In the garden, what’s going to happen is happening and aside from planting a few cold hardy annuals and more than a few Spring flowering bulbs, much of the work for the season is completed. It is a time to assess what worked, to learn from what didn’t work and to start planning for next season! I am already excited about next year and thinking of ways to expand my growing spaces....
This week ends the subscriptions that many of you received for all or part of the last 18 weeks. I truly enjoyed creating bouquets for you every week and appreciated hearing your kind sentiments and how much you all love flowers! They really do brighten the room/day/mood for most of us. A few weeks back in EARLY September, when we had that freakish few days of freezing weather, (which hasn’t happened this early in 20+ years ....thanks again, 2020), I was going bonkers layering frost cloth and plastic with ingenuity that would’ve made MacGyver proud! I was freaking out not knowing WHAT I would give you all for the next month if my whole garden froze to death!! Luckily, most everything survived and all is well. (Whew!)
In fact, I have MANY dahlias in bud, snapdragons and zinnias still churning out blooms while celosia and amaranth are just hitting their stride. I am thinking of offering a pop-up flower stand (on my porch!) weekly or bi-weekly until the cold weather really takes things out. Folks could pop over if the mood strikes and choose a $10-$20 arrangement and then just Venmo me. What do you all think? I’ll keep you posted. You are also always welcome to reach out to me to order arrangements any time of year (my flowers or wholesale, I am happy to design something for you!)
I took a fun opportunity to get involved with a boutique downtown called Scout and Molly's. (In the Denver Pavillions). I made lighted wreaths using dried florals from my garden (see photos on right). It was a very fun, creative endeavor and thrilling to see my work displayed publicly in their window and in their cute shop. If any of you are interested in wreaths for the upcoming months, I am collecting and drying materials and would love to make one for you.
Thanks again for all of your support and business and encouragement. I picked a super weird time to start this endeavor, but all of you have made it a wonderful and rewarding experience thus far.
Hello Flower Lovers!
I hope this newsletter finds you all well and adjusting to the “new normal” way of life right now and enjoying summer. Like many of us lately, I have been thinking more than ever about the concept of community and what that means. I actually like that sense of connectedness and feel that, even under the duress in this time in history, we can see it as a chance for greater sense of belonging and responsibility.
I am beyond lucky to have a very supportive community behind Piper’s Lane Flowers. I have several wonderful neighbor friends who let me plant and cut in their yards. (I am the unkempt lady prowling the neighborhood with clippers and trowel in hand)! When needed, my Mom happily drives from Greeley with buckets full of raspberry greens, mint and spurge to fill in my bouquets. I have traded flowers for graphic design help, and photography. I’ve collected countless bottles and vases from co-workers and friends, and convinced my stepdad that it would be a “fun” project to build me a compost tea brewer out of a trash can and help me construct the giant planter in my back alley to create more growing space. (3rd picture down). Truly, one of the most satisfying parts of this whole thing is feeling people’s enthusiasm, generosity and appreciation for what I am doing. That, and flowers make people happy.
Several of you have asked to see some “behind the scenes” pictures of my yard. I am the first one to tell you, you all have much lovelier yards than I, since I cut EVERYTHING! My space is set up for producing as many flowers as possible while keeping the company namesake, (my dog Piper), out of the beds! The concept of small scale/high intensity micro-farming is to tightly space plants to force flowers to reach for the sun and grow longer stems. Therefore, I’ve got horizontal netting to support the stems and most of the time, I’ve got hail netting up, strung across walkways with a maze of bungee cords that makes my husband run the gauntlet while attempting to get the mower to the front yard.
The first picture below is a snapshot of a bed that’s blooming most right now. If zinnias don’t scream summer, I don’t know what does. The staked plants are about 15 types of dahlias that will come into their own in the coming weeks. The sunflower picture really shows that I use every inch in my urban garden. (They are literally growing in the cracks between my flagstone path along the house)!
Now is when things really get rolling in the garden. Zinnias, dahlias, sunflowers, celosia, amaranth, snapdragons, cosmos, rudbeckia, mint, basil, pincushion, gomphrena and all sorts of vines are all blooming! If you want in on this riot of color, I still have a few slots left for Fall Shares from now until first frost (8 weeks for $160 or 4 weeks for $84). As always, reach out if you just need an occasional flower arrangement. We are still delivering arrangements to your doorstep, compliments of my two, newly minted 16 year old drivers in the house! (fair warning has been issued)!
Thanks for being part of the Piper’s Lane community.
This is my workspace in the garage. Table given to me by our neighbor friend, vintage 1960’s fridge (“flower cooler” in my world) is off Craig’s List, found the painting in the alley. See? What a great community we have!
Happy first day of Summer! I think we can all agree that so far 2020 has been more than a little unusual, to say the least, but the signs of summer are always the same....sounds of early morning sprinklers, the ice cream truck, (that I was certain just circled my block when the kids were little!) late dinners on the back porch when it finally cools off, smell of freshly mowed grass...I could go on and on. I am sure you all have your personal signs of summer as well. (Would love to hear them!)
A new season is always welcome to me. Spring is by far the most labor intensive time in the garden: prepping the soil with lots of compost, propagating seed, hardening off seedlings, then getting hundreds of them planted in beds, fixing irrigation and so on and so on. Early Summer, on the other hand, is when you wait and water and weed! All those seedlings started way back when and carefully planted in Spring are about to explode! I am already getting lots of early summer blooms. Below is a cut of each flower in bloom tonight. I tucked them all in one vase thinking I’d do an “inventory” shot, but I ended up liking it as a sweet little arrangement. If you are in need or want of flowers, this is what I have right now. Next up to bat are snapdragons, nigella, calendula and I see the zinnias and hydrangea gearing up too....
I am excited to say I am now part of the Floret Farmer-Florist Collective. Floret is a flower farm in Washington state that I have been obsessed with for about two years now. She grows the most beautiful flowers using a high intensity, small scale method. I took her professional course online last year to learn the tricks of the trade to move from home landscape gardener to flower farmer! If you go to her website, you will see I am listed with other flower growers across the globe. Makes me feel just a little bit legit! I thought you might like to know where I have gotten some of my training. (As well as Emily Griffith School of Opportunity floral design classes for two years)! I know I learn a little something new about growing and caring for plants just about everyday. Maybe that is why people garden for decades and not get bored?
I hope you enjoy the days of summer now that the kids are home from school (wait, oops, that’s been happening since March...) and the weather begs you to go outside and appreciate the loveliness of the season.
Blooming now: sweet peas, yarrow, bells of Ireland, drumstick allium, bachelors buttons, feverfew, Queen Anne’s lace, larkspur, Chinese forget me nots, daisy, corncockle and garden rose
Here’s what’s blooming at the moment
Happy Mayday! Was it just my family, or does anyone else remember delivering little posies of flowers and treats to friend’s doorsteps, ditching the doorbell and running for it? Fun memory...don’t know if anyone does that anymore?! I hope this email finds you all doing well.
Plants are growing like crazy (thanks to my home brewed compost tea!) and I am so excited for the early summer’s crop of larkspur, anemones, love in a mist, and snapdragons and more to start blooming! I am getting ahead of myself though, as there are still lots of tulips, narcissus, allium and lilacs blooming everyday. I’ve got a few extra bouquets this week if anyone needs a little pick me up. (See attached photos. Take a peek at my Instagram or Facebook page for photos if there are extras each week).
Next weekend is Mother’s Day, so please let me know if you’d like to order any flowers for the holiday. If your mom or other important woman in your life is in love with roses or lillies or another flower that isn’t in season here yet, I can certainly purchase wholesale and mix in with my locally grown flowers. Just let me know!
Many of you are Moms yourselves and I want to personally wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. We are all Mommin’ it hard these days with the house full and so much cooking! If you want flowers for yourself and want to surreptitiously drop your husband or teenagers a hint, I am happy to email them if you send me their email address...
Please take care and enjoy this lovely Spring weather.
April 14, 2020
Hello Flower Lovers,
Since today is National Gardening Day, it seemed like a great time for an update from Piper’s Lane Flowers! Since first writing to you all, just a few short weeks ago, much has changed in our world. I hope you all are doing well, staying healthy and sane. Although our everyday activities have come to a screeching halt, Mother Nature marches on. Hundreds of bulbs are coming up and starting to bloom. I have tons of plants in the ground for summer bouquets and many more seedlings starting inside. There is no time to do puzzles for this gal!
Thanks to those of you who have signed up for subscriptions…first deliveries of early tulips, narcissus and grape hyacinth will be happening this week! (The photo features some of the cuts from this week).
Despite the current pandemic, or because of it, the natural beauty of flowers may be even more necessary than ever, I will continue to grow an offer flowers as planned. However, my original pick up spot on South Pearl Street is closed, so I will happily deliver to your porch. If you are new to this distribution list, welcome and thank you for your interest! If you are feeling cooped up and the walls of your house are closing in on you, perhaps a little bouquet of flowers is just what you need! Email me if you are interested in a subscription or just an occasional pick me up posy…
Just a note that I have recently started a Facebook page for Piper’s Lane so you can check in there for updates on what’s blooming. If you’ve got too much in your inbox and would like to be removed from this distribution list, just let me know. Please take care and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
I am writing to you today because: 1). you are a known lover of beautiful things 2). You appreciate quality and good value. 3). You have proven yourself to be a supportive entity in my life! (And you’re totally cool too.) As you know, I have been a gardener/flower fiend for over 20 years. I have decided (finally!) to make my love of flowers legit and start a business. Piper’s Lane is an urban farmette growing heirloom flowers locally to provide unusual varieties that cannot be purchased at stores. These flowers are the old-fashioned, fragrant types that have not been created and treated to ship well from South America. I start the flowers from seed and use only natural fertilizers to make them flourish. Absolutely no chemicals involved.
To spread the beauty and love of flowers, I am offering a flower subscription service. (Think produce CSA, but instead of rutabagas, you’ll get snapdragons and tulips!) I will offer Spring, Summer and/or Fall shares. You will receive the freshest possible flowers (handpicked the day before) that are blooming at that moment. Each arrangement will be presented in a vase and available for pick-up on Thursdays at Common Threads at 1575 S Pearl Street, weekly or every other week. Pay me before each season by Venmo, Zelle or check and then enjoy weeks of gorgeous flowers and/or buy as a gift for someone you really like. (”One for you, one for me”… An adage I follow often while shopping!) Below are the general dates and prices for each share as well as which flowers to expect (please note that bloom times vary and not all flowers listed are guaranteed for, or limited to, the season listed. These are my best predictions. I’m at the mercy of Mother Nature!)
Spring share: mid-April (hopefully will be blooming in time for Easter!) through mid-May (Mother’s Day): 6 weeks What’s blooming: heirloom narcissus (fancy, whirling and whimsical specialty daffodils. Not the bright yellows from the supermarket. Think corals, pink, creamy whites and pale yellows in ruffled layers.) Tulips (double blossoms, parrots, fringed and everything in between, in colors ranging from the darkest purple to corals tinged with orange, pinks of all values, and buttery yellows. Tulips are magical in the vase as they continue to grow and age beautifully. Each day the arrangement takes on a new look. Love! Purple, spherical allium are quite striking and modern looking. Additional flowers and unusual greenery will be tucked in to make a lovely bouquet each week. Prices: 6 week: $120 3 week: $63
Summer Share: June/July: 4 weeks. What’s blooming: azalea snapdragons (tall, fragrant, super-size florets that set these WAY apart from their shorty Home Depot bedding plant counterparts). Light and airy feverfew looks like tiny daisies blooming profusely from each stem. Heirloom, fragrant sweet peas and tall, spiky Larkspur, Love in a Mist, and Bachelor’s Buttons, all in various shades of blue (not many flowers are naturally blue!) Bells of Ireland, poppies, and more! Price: 4 week: $80 2 week: $42
Fall Share: August/September: 8 weeks What’s blooming: Dahlias, the coveted stars of the late summer/early Fall crop. Perfectly shaped in giant dinner plate size to little balls of petal profusion. Imagine colors like café au lait cream with the palest hint of pink, to a purple that is so electric. Celosia, bright yellow and magenta to faded sherbet colors from a vintage palette. Cosmos “Apricot Lemonade,” white, orange, burgundy, and pinks in double, fluted, and ruffled forms. Amaranth, gomphrena, pincushion flower, grasses, zinnias, and of course special sunflowers…the list goes on! Prices: 8 week: $160 4 week: $84
I am offering a limited number of subscriptions for each season. If a subscription is not in the cards for you or I sell out, I will be happy to let you know if I have extra flowers each week that you can buy. I will also offer extra arrangements for sale on holidays (Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July) or any of your other moments where flowers will fit the bill! A note on vases. In the spirit of a very minimal carbon footprint by producing very locally, I am planning to use upcycled glass vessels in lieu of plastic sleeves. Each vase/bottle/container will be selected to complement the design of the flower arrangement. If you super love the container, please keep it. If not, there will be a return receptacle at the pickup spot for me to use another week.
If you have friends, neighbors, parents, co-workers or any other flower lovers in your life, I would so appreciate you forwarding this email or sharing my information. Word of mouth is my marketing plan! (I know that’s how I find out about all the good stuff in my life). Please email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit my Instagram @piperslaneflowers or website at piperslaneflowers.com for more images and information. I am so excited to do this! Thanks in advance for your support.
Here’s to a flower filled 2020!
(grower and lone arranger)