SOLARFRÍ FLOWER FARM
Thank you for visiting Solarfrí Flower Farm. I am Kelly McNeill and I live just outside of Greensboro, NC on a small farm that's around 4 acres. I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years. I have always enjoyed being outdoors, however, my career in nursing, where there is a great scarcity of windows or fresh air, led me to a life of longing. I longed to be outside any chance I had. I hated being indoors, loved the sun on my face and sought any opportunity to be in nature. So when I spotted a for sale by owner sign in the yard of a cute little yellow farmhouse just outside the city, I just knew we had to take a look. The house was beautifully decorated, so much so that my husband still says I was blinded by the Joanna Gaines feel of it all. But in all honesty, it was the view into the backyard that I fell in love with. You see, it was filled with the most beautiful hydrangeas, rudbeckia, roses and peonies and farm animals. I was in love, so we bought the proverbial farm.
Fast forward to a few years later while headed on a family vacation, I picked up the book, Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein. For those that don't know me, I AM NOT A READER. I have the attention span of a housefly and can honestly say that I may have read 4 books in my lifetime. That's nothing I'm proud of, but it will help you to understand why I started Solarfrí Flower Farm.
10 hours later on a plane and I had finished, I repeat finished, the entire book. It was then that I knew exactly what I had to do. This began nothing short of an obsession with all things flowers. I started reading everything I could about flowers, soil, seeds, bouquet making...you name it, I read it. And so my journey began.
I named my flower farm Solarfrí, pronounced solar-free, which is an Icelandic term for "Sun Vacation." This is truly how I feel every time I am outside in the flower field. Growing flowers is hard, with its sweaty, labor-intensive and often back-breaking chores, but it is the sun vacation that I have needed for years!
My hope is that you will enjoy the flowers from Solarfrí Flower Farm as much as I enjoy growing them.