Learning through failure.
I typically like to share my successes, but today, I’m going to share a failure. Trust me, I’ve made a lot of mistakes on this journey, but this one really set me back. Maybe more so mentally than flower-wise.
Last week I went out to cut some flowers, and man, was I excited! I’d waited so long, with no clear end date in sight, to finally have some beautiful dahlias and zinnias, and then I would be back at the market. I started cutting, and harvested short stem after short stem.
The realization finally set in. I forgot to snip.
I read books, and blogs, and articles, telling me to snip my zinnias and dahlias before they were full grown to promote longer stems in the future. I had planned on doing it, but in the excitement of watching my tiny seeds and roots grow into healthy green plants, I forgot to do it when the time came.
I was devastated. Mostly just frustrated at myself for forgetting to do something so simple. I might have just messed up nearly my entire summer crop! It was over.
The next day, feeling a little more positive, I decided to try my hand at snipping. Sure I won’t have any flowers for at least a few more weeks, but if/when they do grow back, they’ll at least be usable.
My best friend came over and helped me snip-snip-snip away, probably more so emotionally than anything. Cutting off perfectly good buds and blooms! It was border-line traumatic.
Anyways, now that I’m feeling a little less dramatic, I’ll be ok. My flowers will be ok. If anything, I’ve learned a hard but important lesson. For those of you asking when I’ll be back at the market, I really have no clue, but I’ll be sure to make a big announcement when I am.
Thanks to everyone who’s been super supportive along the way! It’s so hard telling you that I don’t have any beautiful blooms available, but thank you for being understanding.