the truth: sad and beautiful

Dear Readers,

I wavered on whether to share the weekend’s events, as I don’t want to spread the negativity around. But telling the truth about farming as I see it, the happiness and the sadness included, is a priority for this blog, so here goes. I promise to end the post with some happy news!

Part 1

The sad news first. There was vandalism this weekend to the greenhouse that I share with Whitelock Community Farm. Most of the seedlings were destroyed, save a few sunflowers:



Everything else looks like this:


The vegetables and flowers are untouched, thank goodness! I feel sad that anyone would do such a thing, and even sadder that some evidence points to very young children committing the crime.

OK. Moving on.

Part 2

The Butterbee Farm Bouquet Share starts this week! I have been practicing making bouquets since the flowers started blooming. I am learning so much from the wonderful people at Local Color Flowers about the art of bouquet making…..

  • One great way to make a bouquet is to start with foliage– that is, the green leaves or fronds that will make up the foundation for the more interesting and colorful flowers. Setting up foliage gives you a canvas to work on.
  • Bouquets should generally be at least 1.5 times the height of the vase they are in.
  • It is good to notice motion in bouquets: does it swoop upward? Does it trail downwards? Is it balanced? Is there a way to make the bouquet more whimsical by adding motion in new directions? For example, a pea vine draped over the rim of the vase, or some salvia pointing up at the sky?

With these things in mind, I made some test bouquets for the flower share. My (beautiful, hilarious) mother then photographed the bouquets for Butterbee Farm posterity. We wallowed in the light fragrance of the yarrow and sweet Annie, and the depth of purple in the bee balm, sunset-colored snapdragon, and orange-y yellow calendula! We laughed a lot because flowers are conducive to laughter. See one bouquet below…



Ruby silk and snapdragon contrast perfectly…



If you’d like to buy Butterbee Farm flowers but did not sign up for a share, not to worry! My bouquets will appear the Waverly Market! Come to the Farm Alliance stand between 7 am and noon on Saturdays to get flowers, and also honey, vegetables, and mushrooms (all grown organically) from other urban growers here in Baltimore.


I wish you all some fresh mint iced tea!

Laura Beth


4 thoughts on “the truth: sad and beautiful

  1. Just so sorry to hear of the vandalism. You wonder what drove someone to that. You will probably recover quicker than they will. Keep reaching out in love with your flowers.

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