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If you haven’t stopped by Old Mission Flowers lately, now – or any time through October – is a great time to do it. The vast array of colors and scents continues to astound me, not to mention that it’s just a really peaceful place to hang out, cut some flowers for yourself or a loved one, and enjoy the view from the hill overlooking Old Mission farmland and West Bay.

Owner Ginny (Dohm) Coulter is a lifelong friend, and you can tell she really loves growing and nurturing those flowers. She graduated with a B.S. in Horticulture Science from Michigan State University, where she held student jobs on campus in greenhouses and at the renowned W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens.

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Old Mission Flowers is open from dawn to dusk, May through October. Containers, vases, scissors and flower preservative are available. Flowers are sold by container size or by stem. As an example, a quart jar filled with flowers costs $15.

All the instructions are in the entryway to the garden (and on the website), which is located at 16550 Center Road, on the corner of Center Road and Ladd Road, just north of Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church.

Stop by and enjoy the lovely peacefulness of this OMP garden – and don’t forget your camera. Kids and the elderly are especially welcome.

Here’s a photo gallery of a few flowers that were blooming today when I stopped by after church. For my photographer friends, I shot these with my Canon EOS Rebel T6i, 50mm lens, with settings of f/5, 1/300-1/500 sec, ISO-100, max aperture 1.75 (aperture priority).

(Note: Old Mission Flowers is one of our trusted advertisers. We would recommend them even if they weren’t, but please support them!)

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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Flowers, August 2018 | Jane Boursaw Photo

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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