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Spread the cheer

Hi! I am so glad you are here. My name is Sharon Kegerreis. I grow flowers from seed and create bouquets from annuals, perennials and my meadow flora in Chelsea, Michigan. My sustainably-grown flowers bloom seasonally on roughly a half an acre in various gardens of my 4.75 acres.

A longtime grower, my dream for a flower stand was fulfilled in 2019 with the launch of Cheerful Nature Bouquets. While I don’t have the flower stand due to limited road traffic, I sell my bouquets at Agricole Farm Stop in downtown Chelsea, provide porch pick up of bouquets and will personally deliver bouquets in my community.

My mission is to spread cheer and help heal my community. I provide free bouquets to school-age children who could use a pick-me-up. New this year, I am also offering free bouquets to teachers and healthcare workers.


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There's no place like home

Michigan Governor Whitmer’s “stay at home” order finally compelled me to sit at the computer and write. Though these are really scary times, I keep feeling hopeful because of my garden and the brightening landscape. Seeds have been sown and darling seedlings are reaching to the light, reassuring me that there will be flowers at the end of all this craziness. Winter days planning, tucking in teeny seeds and navigating around my new worktable (Old Red) loaded with trays of future blooms fills me with gratitude.

Just like season one of Cheerful Nature, I plan to give away bouquets in the community to anyone who needs a pick me up. At the top of my list are the older adults and hospital workers in our community and the teens who are missing some key school milestones. Hang in there. Hugs to our community and a big thank you to the medical personnel. Now, let’s all stay home and do our part to ebb this pandemic… together.

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Bouquets to go

What a busy month it has been! * Planting seeds (yes — sowing through June), digging up new beds for many cuttings/divides from friends and families, including perennial Forget-Me-Nots, Irises, anemones, Feverfew, peonies, mystery flowers (hmmm?), phlox and more. * Launching a new business with deliveries for grad parties and weekly to Agricole Farm Stop on Tuesdays. * Organizing my work station for creating bouquets and settling into a routine for weeding, planning and marketing. This week, I’ll finally design and order business cards, so I can start handing them out when people ask for them. Simple, yet essential!

There is so much joy in the act of digging in the dirt, sowing seeds and watching the efforts bloom. I have a vision for more raised beds and a beautiful hillside garden for more flowers in 2020. Meanwhile, I am savoring harvests to create wild beauty bouquets with my garden flowers and flora foraged from my meadow.

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Off on a wild bouquet ride!

Cheerful Nature Bouquets debuted at the Sjogren/Gofton grad parties on June 8 and 9. Mom turned 84 on June 8, so a special weekend all around! Bouquets centered the white-clothed tables surrounded by photographs of the graduates. The parties were held at the Chelsea Depot, a perfect launch pad for my bouquets! Since then, deliveries have been made to friends and a second grad party. Another grad party this week wraps up a fun first round of bouquet harvesting and creating.

This week, Cheerful Nature Bouquets also debuts at Agricole Farm Stop, a new grocery store venture in downtown Chelsea. Agricole will be the source for locally grown food, flowers and other artisan products with 75 percent of sales going back to the producers. Amazing! Agricole models itself after longtime Ann Arbor favorite, Argus Farm Stop.

Agricole — right on Main Street in a renovated historic livery — is hosting an Open House on June 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. during Chelsea’s Sounds & Sights on Thursday nights. My bouquets will make their debut during the Open House. I’m in good company with other artisan flower growers who will be selling market bouquets at Agricole as well. Join us for noshing and celebrating!

When Agricole officially opens this month, Cheerful Nature Bouquets will be delivered fresh on Tuesdays in recycled jars, ideal for spreading weekly cheer to friends, teachers, bosses, coworkers, parents and more.

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May flowers & a wild turkey

Oh, May, we’re so ready for your warm sunshine. More rain today? Feel free to bypass us. April was overly generous this year with rainfall. The grass is verdant, mid-spring flowers are emerging and the birds are in abundance — Robins nesting, Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak and a solo wild turkey. (Where’s your flock, Patricia*?) I’m quite ready for some warmer days to work the soil and soak up Vitamin D, au naturel.

Speaking of soil, I’m excited to hear back from MSU Extension on their recommendations for enhancing my hillside soil. The new cutting flower beds will be dug this mom’s day — my favorite thing to do on my day. More beds mean more flowers! I’m excited to experiment with annuals and plant a few anchor perennials to set off the new beds. (*So named by my teen.)

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Growing a cutting garden

Flowers bloom from late April through mid-October at my house on about an 1/8th of a collective area. This sounds teeny, yet, it’s a fun smattering of color in various gardens on my 4.75 acres. The first to flower are the Grape Hyacinths and soon to follow are the Alliums, Bleeding Hearts and Irises – rich, burgundy flowering transplants from my mom. The tulips sometimes make it. The bunnies with the edible win again this spring.

My homegrown flowers make me happy — in the garden, at home in eclectic vases and in recycled jars for friends and family. This joy inspired me to launch Cheerful Nature Bouquets — officially today! — and a new hillside cutting garden is underway.

A soil test has been ordered. A Sunday afternoon trek to a favorite grower, Hilltop Greenhouse and Farms, resulted in a carload of perennials and annuals. Another favorite, Salvia, was picked up and more Starlight Coreopsis and a fun new-to-me flower set has been ordered online. Planning is underway with the aid of a borrowed book from my lovely neighbor, Michele: Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden. (After much note taking, I had to order the book for my own library.)

Cheerful Nature Bouquets is launched!