As a young girl and even into my adult years, my favorite part about spring in the Peshastin valley is the abundant blooms of wildflowers growing right above our orchard. Balsamroot, Lupine, Indian Paintbrush, Glacier Lily, Bluebells, Fireweed, & Yarro. Every week I take a walk up onto the hill and pick large bouquet of these spring beauties for my self or other loved ones.
Growing up I've never loved store bought flowers. While the gift is always greatly appreciated, they never last too long or often times look too fake. But there was something about loading up at the local nursery in spring time and growing my own little hanging baskets that was just so fun for me. I also worked at a resort for many years that hosted weddings. Every Sunday morning while I was opening up buildings, I would sneak into where the wedding was the night before, and steal some of the beautiful flowers left behind that were headed to the trash. I was able to keep fresh blooms in my house from spring all throughout summer.
I never thought twice about the world of flowers until I decided to start my own vegetable garden and thought "hey I should buy a couple packets of sunflowers and grow those for myself."
I bought Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cosmos, and Marigolds. I experimented making bouquets and even sold them at the fruit stand that summer.