Creation date / 2003 / June / 14
On the next weekend (Bryan's last), Adrean took us out to his flower farm (if US customs asks, I was never on any farm), and that of his brother. We brought along his two children, Renata (3) and Adrean (5).
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On the farm, all of the flower beds have seeping hoses that precisely control the amount of water and fertilizer delivered. These are the tanks that hold the fertilizer and the pumps and such that control them.
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Here is a veiw over a large part of the farm, which mostly grows one kind of flower, Liatris, which have long spikes which eventually bloom into purple flowers.
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In addition to Liatris, he also grows Gerber daisies, which he has in some incredible colors. The pictures really don't do them justice.
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While not a rose, this thornless flower is also grown and comes in colors you just can't get roses.
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All of the unused plant matter is composted and used as fertilizer
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Gerber daisies in buckets getting ready to be shipped out, with netting around the blooms to protect them.
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After being picked, the flowers rest in dark, cool rooms, and are then dried and refrigerated for boxing so that they will last the two weeks necessary to make them salable.
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At his brother's farm, another kind of flower called "Million Stars." You can see why.
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After visiting the farm, we went to Adrean's parents' estate in Cumbaya to spend the weekend. There were a total of three houses and seven dogs, one of which outweighed me (a bull mastiff named "Kaiser")
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