April 3, 2018

A Flower Farm in the Making

I am moving toward getting my flower farm up and growing!

In some ways, it's a crazy time to do this.
We're still not back in our house, I have a 9-month old baby and her 3 active siblings to care for, and it's not like I have nothing else to do in my life.
However, I do have significantly more garden space than I ever have, my older kids are old enough to help, and I'm in a community that doesn't have ready access to fresh flowers.
In short, I decided that there's never going to be a perfect, ideal time to do it, so it might as well be now. Also, my husband is a wonderful provider, so I don't have to feed our family with what I make. That gives me the luxury that many don't have: I can build up the business over time, learning as I go.

I am so excited! 

The name is (drumroll please):

Bluebird Flower Farm

I love that the bluebird is a symbol of happiness.
Flowers spread happiness by their very existence.
The two belong together!
(More prosaically, the name and web domain were available.)

"Hot Mama"
Speaking of names, I just can't seem to help naming my bouquets.
I've stopped trying to fight it.

Yes, "farm" is a bit optimistic at this point, since at this point it will all be flowers from my garden and yard. I prefer to think of it as a name I can grow into. :)
In addition to the shrubs and bulbs, I'm going to grow flowers from seed to fill out the bouquets.

"Big and Little"

The paperwork has taken much longer than I thought it would.
When I first picked up the business license applications from the city, I thought,
"Oh, I'll fill this out and get it turned in by the end of the week." 
Well, that turned into a month.

There were unforeseen issues and potential issues, as well as decisions about things I knew nothing about. For example, did I want this to be a "Sole Proprietor" business, or an LLC?
What would be the advantages and disadvantages of either?

Another small example: I am doing this as a  "home occupation," but the stated laws for home occupations in our city are that you can't have anything outside, or say--run your business out of your garden shed. Um...problematic for a flower growing business! 
Fortunately, the ladies at the city licensing office seem to be just as excited about my flower farm as I am, and were eager to figure out how this would work with the stipulations.

"Vivid Lady"

I've been working through the issues one at a time, with the (FREE!) help of some great people at our Small Business Resource Center.  
And...now I'm waiting to hear back from the city.
I turned in my application 2 weeks ago.

In the meantime, I'm working on a business plan, pricing supplies, getting ready to start seeds in the next week or two, and keeping a close eye on my spring bulbs that are coming up.
Flower purchases from here on out will be a tax write-off for my business! I'm so excited!!
In related news, my husband has hidden the credit cards.
Ha! Just kidding.
I don't want to get a startup loan, so I am watching the budget, while simultaneously feeling no guilt at all for said flower-related purchases. :)

I'm going to rent a vendor space from a local store and plan to do a lot of direct sales.
I've got a former college roommate, who is an amazing artist, working on a logo for me.

My goal at this point is to open up for business officially May 1.
More details (and pictures) to come as I get them nailed down.

Friends, this is going to be great!


  1. Wow, congrats! Excited to see the progress of your business. Those flowers are beautiful!

  2. This is so exciting Linnae! I can't wait to see your flowers. Sorry you are dealing with deer! We've actually had a few deer running through out yard this year, but so far they haven't munched on our plants. Hoping they don't become regular visitors!

    1. Thanks Allison! I am super excited about it. I am going to have to figure out a deer fence, I think, before this season is through.