Dahlias’ burdensome beauty

Dahlias’ burdensome beauty

Ask any flower grower and they will tell you that dahlias are among the most popular flowers. It seems ironic or maybe it’s fitting that they are also among the most difficult to grow. They are native to Mexico where they survive outdoors as perennials from year to...
Putting down roots

Putting down roots

As you might expect, we have a house full of cut flowers.  We put various things in bottles, jars and vases and stick them on the kitchen windowsills, island and table.  We often do this to “vase test” new plants to see how they do before we put them in arrangements...
Blessed are the pollinators

Blessed are the pollinators

Without bees, butterflies and other bugs, we’d have no flowers. Or food. Zinnias Are Butterfly Magnets I remember the first year we grew zinnias. They started to bloom in late June, and we were impressed by the volume of flowers they put out. Some flowers are known as...
Weeds are an unfortunate part of flower farming

Weeds are an unfortunate part of flower farming

Weeds are a part of life, not just with gardening, but all aspects of life. We bet you’ve dealt with some weedy people, or a weedy job or maybe a weed of a teacher or boss. It’s All About Context The funny thing about weeds is that they are context dependent. When it...
Rainbow of Flowers

Rainbow of Flowers

We saw a rainbow over our flower field this week. It was a reminder that rain and sunlight are two of the three key ingredients we need to glow our flowers (soil, too). It was also a reminder that we can’t do much to control two of those three ingredients. Like our...
April is for tulips!

April is for tulips!

So much of what we do at Blue Gables Farm is an exercise in faith.  When you plant, there are numerous variables that you can’t control — weather, disease, pests and markets.  When you plant in the fall with an eye to the following spring, there is even...