Daffodils at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Daffodils at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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When Old Mission Flowers opens for the season, it’s a clear signal that Spring is either here or just around the corner. We’re still in April, so we all know what that means — snowstorms are still a possibility! But for the moment, the cheery white and yellow daffodils are blooming at Old Mission Flowers, and they’re a welcome sight after the gray days of winter.

“Spring can be fickle,” says owner Ginny Coulter. “Some years there’s a foot of snow in the garden for May Day. I guess that could still happen, but for now, there are loads of daffodils out there, and winter has been swept out of the garden shed, so you’re welcome to come pick flowers.”

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She adds that for a long-lasting bouquet, pick daffodils that are already open, along with some that are ready to burst.

Daffodils at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Daffodils at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Daffodils at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Daffodils at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Daffodils at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Daffodils at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

Andrea Johnson, the pastor at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, even had some of the cheery blooms on the altar this past Sunday.

Daffodils from Old Mission Flowers on the altar at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
Daffodils from Old Mission Flowers on the altar at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo

Old Mission Flowers is located on the corner of Center Road and Ladd Road. The address is 16550 Center Road, but the driveway is located on Ladd Road across from the Ogdensburg Cemetery. Hours are dawn to dusk every day.

The business operates on the honor system. Guests pick flowers and put money or a check in a pay pipe (in front of the garden shed) or use Venmo or PayPal — all the details are on the garden shed. There are vases, jars, paper cups and pails that are priced for filling for mixed bouquets.

Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

If you are using the garden for photography or other art, Ginny requests that you leave a donation. Professionals should plan to leave $50, and of course, sharing your photos on social media and tagging Old Mission Flowers is very much appreciated.

For a complete list of guidelines, visit Ginny’s website here, and be sure and follow Old Mission Flowers on Facebook and Instagram.

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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.

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