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Stacey Denton  Farmer Florist cultivating wildly beautiful, thoughtfully curated floral offerings. Organic. Southern Oregon flowers & seeds.

Thinking back to our warmest day this past July while the temperature drops below freezing outside. What a pleasure slow, hot days on the river are!...and what a gorgeous wedding, with all the right touches, Diana and Matt created. Life in the Applegate Valley of #southernoregon is pretty amazing. Yep, that’s the Applegate River behind the arbor.
Photo: @lilysandhorns
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Pictured here with “Sylvia”, the most productive dahlia in our field this Summer. We love these ball shaped dahlias for bouquets- the geometry of their shape is so pleasing to the eye and they hold well compared to other dahlias as cut flowers. Would you like some?...

Pre-ordering dahlias for Spring delivery begins December 1st. To celebrate introducing #organicdahliatubers into the @siskiyouseeds catalog, we’ll be giving away three Sylvia tubers this week. •

Here’s what to do:
1. Like this post
2. Follow @floraorganicflowers and @siskiyouseeds
3. Tag two friends
4. Tag more friends if you’d like. For each two friends you tag, you’ll receive another chance to win

Winner will be chosen at random on Saturday the 10th. Can’t wait to share in the beauty with you! Photo: @an.a.gram
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I am a lucky mama to get to share in what I do with my daughter Hannah. I remember being a child and not really understanding the work my parents did. •

But now my daughter can explain Flower Farming, this work of hands and heart, the subtleties of timing, weather, pollinators and ripeness, with as much ease and familiarity as I could describe the Mall at age 11. My life has traversed a broad terrain since my early childhood in Southern California. Important choices were made, some by my parents, and some on my own, as I searched for a landscape and livelihood that resonated. And I’m so grateful for those small moments that directed me to this place and this way of life, where Hannah (and I) can smile in the morning sun and hold something beautiful. Photo: @shawnlinehan
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One of my favorite dahlias this season Gerrie Hoek and, amazingly, the longest lasting in the vase of all we grew. This is a lotus-type dahlia and we’ll be digging our dahlia tubers next week and will be offering #organicdahliatubers through @siskiyouseeds. I’d love to get some into your hands so each week of November prior to pre-orders beginning on December 1st, I’ll be giving away some tubers. This week you can enter to win 3 Gerrie Hoek tubers. •

Here’s what to do:
1. Like this post
2. Follow @floraorganicflowers and @siskiyouseeds
3. Tag two friends
4. Tag more friends if you’d like. For each two friends you tag, you’ll receive another chance to win

Winner will be chosen at random on Saturday the 3rd. Can’t wait to share in the beauty with you! Photo: @an.a.gram
#farmerflorist #organicflowers #farmtotable #seedtotable #flowerseed #weddings #southernoregonwedding #beauty #biodynamic #knowyourfarmer

This mint family relative, Bells of Ireland, produces 4 large, angular seeds which can be found nestled into the base of each “bell” or ornamental bract. They’re pretty easy to harvest- just wear gloves to protect you from those spines while threshing. And plug your nose (anyone else repelled by the smell?!). Or, we can do it for you. Seeds are available @siskiyouseeds. *
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I like to overwinter Bells of Ireland for late Spring harvest in my Zone 7 garden, or I seed them in February in the greenhouse and plant them out under cover for early Summer blooms. These spikes look good in the field for weeks and weeks and their shape is so fascinating. Gotta love the chartreuse (I even love saying the word chartreuse!) color.
Photo: @shawnlinehan
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Handsome guy. I like beautiful creatures! #flowerdog #australianshepherd
Another great farm photo by @shawnlinehan

Today is a good day.•

It’s a good day to say goodbye to dahlia flowers but hello to dahlia tubers. Every life has changing seasons, and each is worthy of appreciation.•

It’s a good day to say hello to you all following along on my Instagram journey. Maybe you see things in my flowery world that inspire you towards beauty.

Maybe it’s also a good day to share a few more things about who I am. So... •
1. This week my daughter and I began moving to my partner’s farm here in the same small town of Williams- Seven Seeds Farm. It is an act of love, hope and courage (I keep reminding myself to be brave). Love: for this man, his sons, and the land we’ll share. Hope: for success in joining our lives and families so deeply. Courage: to face the fears of what could go wrong and walk through them.
2. I’m also in the midst of catalog research for putting together the new flower offerings @siskiyouseeds. I’ve been thinking about how so many of our most important flowers, like dahlias, zinnias, cosmos and marigolds all are native to México (Qué viva🇲🇽 !) and how agro-biodiversity correlates to where we find biologically diverse hotspots in our world. Have you ever tried eating a dahlia tuber?! That’s why the indigenous people of México were foraging and cultivating dahlias when the Spanish arrived in the 1700s.
3. I am 42. To say it my head, it sounds surprisingly old. I feel healthy and fairly fit (farming keeps the body moving!) and in my mind I’m much younger. In the Spring when transplanting has me bent over a lot or in the Fall when I’ve lived through the farming season of many long days in the field, I ask myself, how many more years can my body do this? And then I think of my farming mentors or heroes, still doing it every day, and cruising into their 50s, 60s, and 70s. I consider peasant farmers the world over- hoe over shoulder, walking long distances, strong in body...Then I know I am where I want to be with my work- a work that pushes the edges of my physical perseverance; a work that gets richer with the passage of time as my observation skills deepen and my experience with plants, animals, and soil grows. #farmerflorist #organicflowers

Mount Ashland in the late Summer. Breathtakingly beautiful in and of itself AND because @lahnamariephotography caught the moment when an amazing sunset highlighted the magnetism of this striking pair from @twothingsfilm. I’m so glad to have supported this styled shoot with bouquet, boutonnière, and loose flowers all grown on-farm. Comprised of both fresh and dried floral material.
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Collaborators and artists:
@mrscardscakes
@lahnamariephotography
@twothingsfilm
@mulberryribbon
@floraorganicflowers
Dress from Pearl and Penna
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The wonder of seeds. (Aka small packages of hope)


Sometimes people ask us @siskiyouseeds if we’ve put bugs in their seed packets when they open their calendula. See here where my finger points? This tan colored U-shaped seed is from a ray flower, and adjacent to it are darker brown and smaller U-shaped seeds from the inner disk flowers. Remember, calendula is from what used to be called the Compositae (now Asteracea) plant family, because the larger disc-shaped flower we call calendula, is actually made up of two smaller, different kinds of flowers: ray and disc. In calendula, the seeds are visually distinct depending on what type of flower they come from, hence the confusion one might experience looking at two different colored and sized seeds in a packet. Both are equally viable if you are wanting to save seed from your farm or garden. Pictured here: ‘zeolights’ calendula. Thanks to Frank Morton @wild_garden_seed for breeding this one for us flower lovers! Photo by @shawnlinehan

It’s with both relief (hurray for rest!) and a tinge of sadness that I find flower season winding down and selling mixed bouquets coming to a close. I want thank all of the businesses that have hosted/sold my flowers this year, helping me to get the freshest, cleanest (no chemicals!), and most interesting organic flowers I grow into the hands of good #southernoregon folks. Kind regards to @blue_door_garden_store @takubeh @sunshinenaturalfoodsgp @jeffersonfarmkitchen and @digginlivin. Thanks for believing in me and my farm! Comin’ back ‘atcha next Spring


Photo by the talented @shawnlinehan #farmerflorist #organicflowers #farmtotable #seedtotable #flowerseed #weddings #southernoregonwedding #beauty #biodynamic #knowyourfarmer
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A softer take on fall colors for @vinfarmgp. Friends, if you live in Southern Oregon you know that a steady but palpable change is afoot in Grants Pass. If you haven’t yet, check out @wooldridgecreekwinery ‘s new tasting room in GP. Not just wine but also gourmet cheeses and charcuterie made locally and with high quality, mostly organic ingredients. They’re doing a special seating for dinner each weekend and the offerings are the pinnacle of #farmtotable cuisine. And the winery is going organic too. So, perhaps, it’s time to rethink the long drive to Ashland and consider...up-and-coming Grants Pass! Way to take it to the next level Vinfarm crew!

Elegant Jenna in her classy peach ride. Whew. Gorgeous! June weddings in #southernoregon are something special alright. And Jenna, Cole and their family were so wonderful. I feel grateful to be a part of celebrations like theirs! #farmerflorist #organicflowers #farmtotable #seedtotable #flowerseed #weddings #southernoregonwedding #beauty #biodynamic #knowyourfarmer
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