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Friday, May 29, 2015

Spring update!

Spring is clipping along at breakneck speed.  Not enough time in the day to get all the tasks completed.  It has been frustrating lately as we have had to hold off transplanting anything frost sensitive due to the cold front that moved into the province yesterday and is hanging around for another day or two.  But we have focused on transplanting all the snapdragons, stock, dianthus, forget me nots, annual phlox, lupines, sweet peas, icelandic poppies and campunala. 

The anemone and ranunculus corms are all starting to grow.  We soaked them and covered them with mulch this week so now will patiently wait to see those lovely blooms.

All the birds are now back to the yard as well as the bats have taken up residence in the bat houses again.  Pat had to put up more houses for the Tree Swallows again this year so we are probably up to about 60 pairs of birds on our land.  

We are really looking forward  to this growing season as we have an extra pair of hands to assist us with the production of the flowers.  We would like to welcome Sara Kuleza to the farm.  She volunteered at the farm last year and was interested in helping us out this year on a regular basis. 

I had a telephone call from Edna Manning this morning to let me know that the article she wrote for Grainews about our flower farm has been published.  The link is below to read the article.   http://www.grainews.ca/digital-edition/grainews-  She always writes great articles.  Thanks again Edna.  We sure appreciate it.

The greenhouses are stuffed due to the cold temps last night.  Everything that was being hardened off was brought indoors.

Lilies are in crates this year.

The water truck.  Have had to haul a lot of water already this Spring.

A few of the Dahlia's starting to bloom.

The Clematis's we bought and planted last fall are growing like crazy.  I think we will be cutting those this summer.

Cafe au Lait Dahlia

Ice Cube Dahlia

Both of the above Dahlias will be available at the Saskatoon Farmers Market Saturday May 30th.  These two particular varieties will be on sale at 50% off.  Regular price is $10.00 each.  If you still have room in your garden come on down and pick yourself up a few plants.  We will also have a large selection of Dahlias at regular price as well.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dahlia Plants

We have a large selection of Dahlia plants available for purchase this Spring.  Starting Saturday May 16th we will be at the Saskatoon Farmers Market with the plants in tow.  The following plants will be available till the end of May or until we are sold out.  Some varieties are limited quantities.

Cafe au Lait

Summer Night

Worton Blue Streak

Babylon Bronze

Ice Cube

Boom Boom


Babylon Purple

Maarten Zwaan


Ferncliff Tropics

Lauren Michelle

Wyns King Salmon

Camano Buzz

David Digweed

Thomas Edison

Elsie Huston

For detailed information about each variety go to our facebook page at  www.facebook.com/mistik.acres.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tidbits of Spring

I love Spring!!  Right now the Sandhill Cranes are floating overhead serenading us with their talk and beating of their wings.  Their wings produce this whooosh whoosh sound you can hear if they are flying low enough.  The afternoon they disappear and then evening they head back to their night resting grounds.  There are many Robins flitting about and singing.  Probably starting to pair up and begin nest building.  Noticed a few Tree Swallows yesterday and the Cat birds.  We sighted a male Bluebird a couple of times but have not seen a female yet.  Hope he brings a mate back to the farm as we love to see them throughout the yard all summer with their babies.  The resident rabbits are turning brown from their white winter coats.
The Delphiniums are starting to show growth along with the Angelica.  They are always the first to spring to life.  The greenhouses are filling up and soon we will have to spill into the hoophouse.  The following are a few photos of springtime at Mistik Acres.

Rudbeckia, three varieties.  
We have a fan running at all times circulating the air over the seedlings,  developing strong sturdy stems and helping prevent bugs from infesting the plants.

The Dahlias are looking great.

Scented Geranium

Max my helper

Anemone corms ready to soak

Planting the Anemone corms.  Notice the helper in the photo again.
Not much of a help.  Lays on the newly planted flowers.

We used a bottle to make the depressions for the corms.  Worked real slick.
In no time we had them planted along with the overwintered Ranunculus corms.

Hoophouse is ready for planting.

The second hoophouse under construction.  Will be ready to plant within a couple of weeks.

The crates I use to sprout the Dahlia tubers.  I like to see sprouts before I pot up the Dahlia tubers.
After danger of frost is past we transplant them into the gardens.

Coconut coir ready to be soaked.  I use this in my potting soil to help prevent my seedling soil from turning green and to add moisture holding matter to the soil.  It doubles in size once the water is added and absorbed. 

I use an old basin to mix up the soil with the coir and fertilizer prior to seeding and transplanting.

I water all the plants with warm water.  This is my heating probe I use in the greenhouse.  When the weather starts heating up the sun warms the water.

Angelica plants coming to life.  They are such an awesome plant for attracting beneficial insects to the gardens.

We have a couple of sets of Magpies nesting in the yard this year.  This is one of the nests.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The magic begins!

A glimpse into what is greening up.

Dahlia tubers I overwintered in wood shavings.

Most of them did great.  No drying out or rotting.

 Placed in crates and lightly covered with soil.

Waiting for them to show new shoots and then will pot them up.

Seedlings happy under the grow lights.

Have had great success with rooting scented geranium cuttings.

The heat mats will be full of seeded trays till mid May.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kendell and Alana September Wedding 2014

We had so much fun creating the sunflower bouquets, bouts and corsages for Kendell and Alana's wedding.  They are so bright and cheery.  Can't help but smile when you look at them.  The following photos taken by Lindsay Rae Photography, unless otherwise noted, provides a glimpse of their special day.

Alana's bouquet.

Rustic photo of one of the bridesmaids bouquets.

The wedding party.  Love the colours.

The sunflower bouquets compliment the lovely bridesmaids dresses.
Gorgeous ladies.

Wrist corsages.
Photo by Mistik Acres

Groom and groomsmen bouts.
Photo by Mistik Acres

Dad's bout's.
Photo by Mistik Acres.

Received a lovely thank you card.
Photo by Mistik Acres.

Thanks for the kind words Kendell and Alana.
Congratulations to you both.
Photo by Mistik Acres.