Thursday, June 17, 2010

Four Weddings and a Few Irises

It's wedding season. The biggest wedding season I have ever had.

This weekend I have four weddings booked. I'm still not sure how that happened. I have to learn how to turn people down. Only one wedding is a full sized wedding cake. One is strawberry shortcake for 141 people. It's been a challenge finding fresh ripe strawberries in a state that hasn't seen good hot sunshine since last September. My strawberries certainly aren't ready. There aren't even any in the valley here. I had to order a thirty pound bucket of berries from the other side of the state. That kind of cuts into the profit.

So I'm trying to stay organized and on task without any assistant. Alyssa is at camp. Kristin and Florian showed up early from their two month Mexican adventure. I will be putting them to work for sure. Next weekend there are two more weddings. We are also throwing a big celebration bash for son Neal who just became a journeyman electrician after five years of hard work and study. That means we need to mow the lawn. And weed the garden. And a few other things. Stain the deck, paint the porch and cook for a hundred people. Did I mention that I am doing six weddings?

And while I am rambling, let me just issue one more complaint about the weather. Last weekend we reached eighty degrees. It was a miracle. A one time miracle because that hint of summer promptly disappeared and it's been in the FIFTIES all week. And windy. And the rain came back. I'm sure this weekend will be nice though because of all the brides and grooms that are on their knees praying their little hearts out for sunshine.

And just to show you how late we are in our seasonal status, here are some photos of my irises, currently in bloom---a good two weeks behind their usual bloom time.

The flower gardens are cycling through their bloom times and I have been unable to enjoy them without bundling up in hat and coat. No breakfast in the gardens this year.

I used to have over twenty colors of irises and that number has significantly decreased. Every year there are more varieties missing. Apparently some are being crowded out and that means I have to renovate beds. Which I don't have time to do.

My favorite, named "Repartee" is still going strong.

So what do you have planned for your summer weekend? Tell me about it and if you say "lounging on the sunny beach reading a book" I'll try to not to cry.


  1. Six? Are you out of your noodle? So much for "one wedding per weekend". What you obviously mean by that rule is, "one BIG cake per weekend, with as many small things as come up."

    You really, really, really MUST bring me some of those irises! I need to have them here.

  2. I miss irises. My parents had lots of irises around their house and I have a black thumb, lots of sand and heat so I can't grow a thing. Come to FL we are having unusually hot weather here. Winter was unusually cold and summer is off the charts hot. And my rain is MIA. Seems everywhere else has the rain.

  3. @sue- I hear it's unusually hot everywhere. Let's mix it up and spread it around I say!

    @katie--I've sent lots of irises your way! If you don't have any than they must not like Michigan. I'll try to remember to bring a few more again next month. And it's six weddings in two weeks. I never said one wedding a weekend. I've done two lots of times but never four. To answer your question, yes, I'm out of my noodle.

  4. Irises remind me of my childhood. Yours are beautiful. My mom had them growing beside the carport. Every morning before school I would ooh and aah over those irises. I love their fragrance. Ours bloom in April and May.

    Again, there is a thunderstorm threatening as I type this. 84 degrees at 10pm. Not much relief.

    I'll pray you stay on task for all the weddings coming your way. I know the cakes will be glorious.

  5. My Japanese iris usually bloom mid-May - we don't even have buds yet! I'm seriously - I may cry (which would make more water, wouldn't it?!) if we don't get some summer soon! I'm starting to eye the SE with more interest, and I'm a die-hard Oregonian!

  6. Aahhh....dina, I'm with ya.

    The sad thing is- the rain is moving in and those bridal couples are gonna shiver and be cold. Venues are scrambling to get the ceremonies inside. All the gardens going to waste.


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