Over the past few days, we’ve received so many inspiring essays from around the world as part of our annual Floret Scholarship application process. This is the 7th year we’ve offered scholarships and selecting the winners is always a huge highlight for all of us here at Floret. Not long after announcing last year’s winners, two anonymous donors came forward and offered to sponsor additional scholarships. One donor wrote, “We need so many more small farmers and things that bring happiness into the world today.” I’m still in awe of their incredible generosity and thanks to them, we were able to include students from Flint, Michigan, rural Tennessee, Maine and Minnesota here in the states as well as students from Puerto Rico, Ireland and Russia.
It has been such a thrill to watch the winners take what they’ve learned through the Floret Online Workshop and go on to create thriving flower farms, abundant cutting gardens and successful flower-based businesses. If you’re looking for a little inspiration today, be sure to read the inspiring stories of past winners.
The goal of the #AYearInFlowers project is to highlight and celebrate what’s blooming in gardens across the globe each week. Here on the farm, the temperatures are quickly cooling, but the dahlia field is still in full bloom. I’m soaking in all the beauty as long as possible.
How to participate in #AYearInFlowers
Take a photo of flowers that currently are in season in your area, whether it is a fistful of flowers from your backyard or a bouquet from your local farmers market.
On Instagram, upload your photo and tag it with #AYearInFlowers
On Facebook, upload your photo as a comment under my weekly post.
In your photo caption, please share what flowers are featured (if you know them) along with your location. Bonus points for listing your USDA hardiness zone and week number (i.e. #week37flowers)
Here are a few submissions from this week:
Blooming in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany:
Blooming in West Duluth, Minnesota:
Blooming in Oregon City, Oregon:
Blooming in Norway:
Blooming in Golianovo:
Blooming in West Sussex, UK:
Blooming in New England, Massachusetts:
A note about week numbers: week numbers are commonly used in the floriculture industry and are standardized across the years. This is the 39th week of the year.
By using the #week39flowers hashtag on Instagram, you can sort photos by what’s in bloom this week all around the world. In addition, week numbers allow you to compare what’s blooming in your own garden from year to year.
Next week, I’ll be posting my week 40 flowers to social media and also here on the blog along with a selection of other participants’ photos. If you’re participating on Instagram, please add the #week40flowers and #AYearInFlowers hashtags to your caption. Be sure to also include your zone and where you’re located in the caption.
Thanks for playing along!