…bring May flowers

…bring May flowers

In Maryland where we farm, May is when the blooms start to pop.  Perennials and Cool Flowers Flowering perennials and cool annuals that can withstand frost are the first to bloom.  In fact, many bloom before the last frost.  It seems strange to us that we can’t plant...
Iceland Poppies aren’t from Iceland (but Sessy is)

Iceland Poppies aren’t from Iceland (but Sessy is)

We don’t grow Iceland Poppies because Sessy is half Icelandic, although she is. We grow them because they are beautiful, popular with our customers and bloom in early spring (now) when few other flowers are doing much of anything. Unlike Sessy, Iceland poppies did not...
We are a manufacturing company! How cool is that?

We are a manufacturing company! How cool is that?

We were putting together dried flower wreaths last week in the mow of our barn and chatting as you do when you’re doing repetitive tasks with your hands, and we came to the realization that Blue Gables Farm is a manufacturer. We take raw materials, apply processes to...
Our stock froze to death

Our stock froze to death

We flower farmers were reminded this month that we are at the mercy of the weather when we discovered that our stock seedlings had frozen and died. We planted stock in landscape fabric in October and covered it with a low (“caterpillar”) tunnel made of Pex hoops and...
Is there a flower seed shortage?

Is there a flower seed shortage?

We typically order most of our cut flower seeds in December and January from Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Maine and GeoSeed in South Carolina.  This year, we ran into a problem.  Some of our favorite varieties were sold out, and we were told that they wouldn’t be...