Get Ready for Spring Blooms: Tips for Cool-Weather Flower Transplants


Apples and Peaches are coming to the Farmers Markets. Be sure to stop by and see what delights have come into season this week.

It’s time to start cool-weather flower transplants. These include sweet william, carnations, rudbeckia, feverfew, snapdragons, bupleurum, larkspur, and delphinium, to name a few. These hardy, cool-weather flowers will set a vigorous root system over the winter and burst forth in the Spring when the day length and temperatures tell them it is time! Remember to keep these well-weeded since you don’t want them competing. They need to grow strong and become deeply rooted to treat you with gorgeous Spring blooms.

Here at Moonstruck, we just received somewhere in the area of six inches of rain, and we are loving it, minus the disaster it made on our roads, of course. Mike spent an entire day repairing Cygnet and Paramount and the livestock area. We had wonderful neighbors out on Johnson Road repairing it since it was in serious trouble, and they did a fantastic job. It is still slow going, and I might have to give up my well-loved van if these conditions continue. I spent as much time weeding as I could, and the land is still saturated five days later, which is a wonderful treat, allowing me more time to get out there and do more. I am harvesting peaches and apples, so a lot of time in the kitchen this week, bringing back our apple butters, peach preserves, and more. Time to empty at least one freezer of all the fruit I have been freezing!! The holidays are just around the corner!! Our busiest time of year!

The Phelan Certified Farmers Market is in good shape and will be open every Monday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 4128 Warbler Road in Phelan. Remember, at the time change in the Fall, we will close at 5 p.m. If visiting the Wrightwood Farmers Market and coming up Highway 2, remember there is a detour through town as they repair the wash. Wrightwood is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, but remember, as the light fades, the market will close earlier and eventually move inside the Wrightwood Community Center as the temperatures drop.

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