|Miriam Goldberger and Paul Jenkins (with the lovely Penny) at Wildflower Farm|
Early June was not the ideal time to see acres and acres of wildflowers in bloom, with a few exceptions. But it was perfect timing for a clear, sometimes surprising view of this family operation.
Surprising because, despite the laidback, back-to-the-land, hippyish vibe that comes with a name like Wildflower Farm, for Miriam and her husband Paul Jenkins producing quality wildflower seeds is serious business. Particularly so for Jenkins, who is the brains behind seed processing techniques that are part wacky Rube Goldberg contraption and part brilliant science. Come see what we mean.
|Looking relaxed after four days of Flinging is Louise of Two Girls with a Purpose . Her co-blogger Sue and her daughter Kylee (Our Little Acre) drove up with her before heading back to Ohio. Victoria from Gloucestershire (Tales from Awkward Hill) and Andrea from Texas (Grow Where You're Planted) filled out the Battersby portion of the expedition.|
|And, of course, we know Miriam, often the smiling face of Wildflower Farm. Dropping in to her office at the end of the tour (and after a delicious lunch spread conjured up by Paul) was the capper for a fascinating day.|
|Since our visit, we we've been happy to hear that Miriam's 2014 book Taming Wildflowers and its publisher St. Lynn's Press has won Silver (also up for Gold) at the upcoming 2015 Garden Writers Symposium. We reviewed her book last year.|
|Happy bloggers heading back from the field under gorgeous skies. We'd love to come back in August when the fields are closer to their flowery best.|
|And here's one of the fields (and beyond) – perhaps the most famous one, the set for a recent music video.|
|I can't close without sharing these. Do you see the faces? The one with the red eyes reminds me of the jumping spider family that shares my office window with me. Even the machinery is wild at Wildflower Farm.|