Hanging out at the Dairy

Hanging out at the Dairy
Darci(far left) & the Wrights at the Creamery

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Morning tea at the Cutting Garden

Things are starting to bloom again at the Cutting Garden in Sequim! I love this time of year when color starts to emerge from the earth, buds start forming, and gardeners hit their gardens with renewed vigor. Garden tending is a year round endeavour at the Cutting Garden with various events, weddings, u-cut garden, floral arrangements and Catherine's fabulous painter's studio upstairs.

Catherine (she and her husband Tom own the venue) and I have know each other for about 10 years now as she did the flowers for my wedding at Sunland Country Club in Sequim and have been keeping in touch ever since. Today we had tea and goodies in the Farmhouse from the Bell Street Bakery, walked around her soon to be vibrant, verdant garden. Kindred, her floral designer, was busy in several areas of the garden. Her hard work shows as the deadwood was cut back and the new sprouts, shoots and leaves are rising from their rich organic soil. It felt like I got their before the Easter bunny hid all his eggs and the kids arrived to hunt for them. Can't wait to see them in their full glory in the garden and in Kindred's stunning arrangements!

Catherine gave me a tour of her greenhouse as well. Their trays and rows of starts are soaking up the heat and water the last few days of warm Spring weather. Such varieties too; sweet peas (my Grandma Effie's favorites), dahlias, renunculas, stock, a South American tropical I can't remember, salvias and so much more! Her u-pick garden on premise is REALLY easy and fun way to choose your own bouquet. While you're there, check out her Farmhouse where some of her pastels and watercolors (she's a very talented artist) grace the walls of the Farmhouse's interior.

It was such a joy to get out of the house, into her greenhouse and gardens to see what was in store for all to enjoy this Spring, Summer and Fall. What a fun morning to catch up with an old friend, walk in her garden and eat some yummies from Bell Street Bakery. Not a shabby way to start off Spring!

1 comment:

Catherine Mix said...

Hi Darci,
You must come by again soon, the gardens have really jumped up this last week or so! Thank you for making time to visit and for your lovely, warm story about our farm.
This week I am designing the classes that we will offer in our "Play Dates" this summer. I am very happy to report that in addition to an interesting 'hands on' class, we will be offering lunches catered by Alderwood Bistro...won't that be fun and delicious!

Our first wedding will be May 1st this summer, so this Wednesday we hope to get the 'big top' up (that's our white wedding tent) and finish edging the lawns. It's definitely a race to get our gardens looking their best for spring. You must come back soon to see the allium, forget-me-not, Siberian iris, and cloth of gold showing their purple and gold Husky colors...oh, and the thunder cloud cherry trees will be in full bloom soon too. Hope to see you again soon! Catherine