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Welcome to our Botanical Diary, following along with the growing season at Frayed Knot Farm.
Admittedly, in the past, tulips were not a favorite of mine. They seemed a little plain or one note, but growing on my own and trying new specialy varieties has re-inspired me.
Tulips grow perennially from bulbs planted in the fall. The hope you have to put into them is truly something else, and you don't quite know what you are going to get more than six months later.
The resillience of this spring bloom through the winter is pretty remarkable. Lots of strength can be drawn from the tulip.
-Em Pek, Frayed Knot Farms
Tulips belong to the Lily family, first found in Southern Europe and Central Asia. The tulip became popular after being featured prominently in vibrantly realistic Dutch still life paintings.
Think simply, even just a few tulip stems make a striking statement. The ruffled edges of the parrot tulip especially make for a great use of unexpected texture.
Embrace the unique way that tulips age -- the way that the life cycle creates different shapes and structure in an arrangement. I love them most when they are arching their necks and creating swoops of stem and flower.
Meet the Collaborators
Emily Pek is founder of Frayed Knot Farm and steward to the land it operates on. Thirty miles east of downtown Cleveland, Emily grows over 50 varieties of annual and perennial flowers, many of which are heirloom seeds on less than an acre. Using hand scale and regenerative farming practices, the farm has transformed from mowed grass and heavy clay soil to a thriving ecologically diverse ecosystem.
Jennie Doran is the designer and artist behind Room Service. Her passion for creating engaging, inspiring spaces, paired with her experience in retail design and art direction has situated R/S as one of Ohio’s preeminent retail destinations. With a keen eye for detail and composition, her work extends from large scale art installation to interiors, from costume design to art direction and styling.