With last week’s hard frost, our dahlia season has come to an end. But what a season. After a slow start, they really started rolling in late August, and picked up steam as autumn progressed. As you can see in this picture taken just a couple of weeks ago, the flowers kept getting bigger and brighter as the days grew colder and grayer.
I’m going to miss seeing the dahlias brightening the farm and our kitchen, not to mention sharing them with friends and customers. But I’m already looking forward to their return next summer.
A brief commercial announcement: For locals and anyone visiting the area, tomorrow, Thursday, July 25th will be our first open day of the season at the blueberry farm. We’ll have our earliest berries, the sweet, delicious Hardy Blues (pictured above, photo taken this afternoon) available, so come by and pick if you can. Hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm. I will also update the harvest hotline (206.855.0947) in the evening, so call ahead to check if you want to pick on Friday or through the weekend. This early in the season, we have to watch the ripening process closely to make sure we have plenty of berries before we can make the call on opening.
We also have u-pick, self-serve dahlias available and looking great. Open from dawn to dusk. Same place, Bainbridge Island Blueberry Co., North Madison, just south of Valley.
Whew! Long day today…all the projects I had 10 months to take care of are getting done now. Just in time. Will still be working on getting our new farm sink up and running tomorrow while people are picking. Come on by if you can. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
Any guesses about what these are? Anybody? Here’s a hint: They aren’t sweet potatoes, and in fact, aren’t for eating at all. Figure it out?
Well, underneath ’em lies our ping-pong table, which has become the primary storage facility for…dahlia tubers. Stacy pulled, washed, dried, sorted and hauled this giant pile–hundreds, if not thousands–from the dahlia field up at the farm last month by herself while I was on the road promoting Closer to the Ground. Huge job and impressive results. Now they lie in wait for replanting or sale in the spring.
Hard to believe these homely little critters will blossom into spectacular flowers next summer. But I’m already looking forward to watching them grow and the beauty they bring to the farm when they bloom.