Notes from a Flower Farm: Growing and Arranging Sweet Peas
In our latest column from Marigold and Mint, Katherine Anderson shows how to plant and harvest sweet peas (including how to create a lattice wall) and how to arrange these delicate flowers into sassy summer centerpieces.
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175 Feet of Sweet Peas
As some readers might know, I run Marigold and Mint, my flower shop, and I also grow most of my own flowers, on an organic farm. There are a lot of filthy fingernails, sunburns, and sore backs that go with flower farming, but nevertheless, there are some mornings in the field that remind me with complete clarity why I’ve chosen this path.
In July, I am reminded of the joy of having a flower farm while weeding the beds next to my 175 feet of sweet peas. As the sun dries the dew on the flowers, the scents of my favorite varieties accompany me while I work with my hula hoe. I couldn’t possibly want to be anywhere else.
Marigold and Mint is an organic farm, a retail shop, and a studio. The farm is situated along the Snoqualmie River, about 30 miles east of Seattle and the shop is located in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2008 by owner Katherine Anderson, Marigold and Mint reflects her lifetime love of flowers and landscapes. Trained as a landscape architect, she brings her affection for both clean and clear design and intricate patterns to Marigold and Mint.