My romance with flowers goes back a long way. Likely the first May basket left on my door crafted out of construction paper and fashioned into a quick horn filled with lilacs, violets and tulips. This old tradition was alive and well back in Iowa as I was growing up. The person of interest would receive this sweet token of affection while the nervous admirer hid in the bushes after ringing the doorbell and dashing away.
When I grew up and started my life as an adult, I quickly gravitated to flowers. My first summer as a M.O.F.G.A. apprentice in Down East Maine ignited this enduring passion. Eventually becoming a flower farmer and raising blooms for creating wedding bouquets and selling at the local farmer's markets. Seeing first hand how completely breathtaking local and sustainable flowers feel when contrasted with conventional flowers shipped from other parts of the world. It became very clear that given the choice, the slow flowers were my true love.
These days I'm without my flower farm but I have found many kindred spirits living in Maine growing scrumptious flowers. During our Maine growing season, Ione Floral Design is committed to sourcing local flowers from flower farms and home gardeners. This season we have been delighted with the blooms from our neighbors at East of Eden Flower Farm, Broadturn Farm and Meadowview Farm. There are so many more flower farms!
The sweet gesture of flowers is still the most romantic notion. Slowing down and smelling the heady fragrance of truly fresh flowers. There is nothing that compares.
Photo Credit Christophe Zydek