Today’s the Day!
Help us celebrate the launch of the new Floret book, Discovering Dahlias
“Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.”– E.B. WhiteSkagit
After February’s heavy snowfall, we can feel Mother Nature clapping her hands and saying, “Okay, kids, enough of that! We’re done with winter, moving on to spring!” To that, we say, “Yippee! Let’s do it!” How can we possibly convey all the things we love about this season? Perhaps what moves us most is the coming of new life. Each opening bloom, chirping bird’s nest, and newborn lamb inspires a mixture of hope, energy, and joy. Springtime in Skagit Valley is bringing another much-anticipated baby into the world. As of early March, flower fanciers who loved the first two books from our dear friends at Floret Flower Farm found a third at Prim-rose Antiques & Gift Shop called Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms.
National notice from iconic trendsetters like Joanna, Martha, and Oprah has not loosened farmer-florist Erin Benzakein’s Skagit Valley foothold one bit. You may remember the excitement of her second book launch party for A Year in Flowers, held at Christianson’s last February. Home is here, where she grows the spectacular blooms that spill from her pages in brilliant color photographs by her husband Chris. Like Floret Flower Farm’s first two books, Discovering Dahlias provides much more than a feast for the eyes. It also tells readers all they need to know about growing these showstoppers for themselves. Her website calls it “an essential resource and must-have book for anyone who loves flowers.” With the joyful pride of a family friend introducing her newborn, Erin tells us in person, “I can’t wait for you to hold the book in your hands!”There will be no book launch party this year (due to COVID), but to celebrate Florets’ new “baby” we are bringing in lots of dahlias at Christianson’s in a great selection of forms and colors.
Primrose also has signed copies of Discovering Dahlias, along with signed copies of Erin’s first two books, Cut Flower Farm and A Year in Flowers, as well as Floret’s two-sided puzzle and boxed notecards.