There are some truly amazing, can't-live-without specialty blooms that you simply can't get in Texas, especially in the heat of the summer. But I was so excited to visit the blue barn at the Arnosky Family Farms just outside Wimberly a couple of weeks ago and discover everything that you CAN get locally, even as the temperature is creeping up high into 90s. Buying flowers locally provides the obvious ecological benefit of reduced fuel emissions and packing materials, but it also makes a world of difference when you are in the business of "fresh" flowers. These flowers have not been shipped, packed, cooled, flown or driven ANYWHERE except from the farm to my studio. The Mexican Basil I got at the farm two Saturdays ago is still upright and turgid in a vase in my kitchen window. What a difference. And it smells absolutely intoxicating. Co-owner Pam Arnosky greeted me in her overalls and explained that the Basil actually seems to increase the vase life of the Zinnias as well. Both have held up tremendously as have the Lisianthus or "Texas Bluebells", Ageratum and Celosia.
Anemones, Ranunculus, Tulips, Sweet Pea, Freesia, Poppies, Snapdragons, Celosia, Lisianthus, Zinnias and Calla Lillies are just a few of the varieties they offer seasonally, just down the road.