It’s flower seedling season!

It’s flower seedling season!

March 1 marks the beginning of seedling season.  Each spring we start thousands of tiny plants in multi-cell trays that we put on heat mats and under grow lights.  These seedlings will grow for the next month or two until the weather is warm enough for them to be...
Cool flowers soldier on through winter and under cover

Cool flowers soldier on through winter and under cover

As bleak as things may appear in the third week of February at Blue Gables Farm, little plants are happily growing in our flower field. Back in the fall, we planted six varieties of “cool flowers,” which are hearty enough to survive Maryland’s winter. We covered the...
White Gables Farm?

White Gables Farm?

It doesn’t seem possible that Clarksville has received only about half of the average annual snowfall so far this winter. It feels like we’ve been pummeled. That’s probably because we’ve had a lot of storms but no big dumps. “Death by a thousand cuts” as one friend...
Hellebores keep spirits up in winter

Hellebores keep spirits up in winter

Most plants look pretty dead by late December, and for plant lovers, it can be a bleak time of year when eyes get hungry to see anything green. Hellebores check that box. We grow hellebores for their early spring blooms, but we appreciate their steadfastness in the...
Tulips we are a-planting

Tulips we are a-planting

We planted about a thousand tulip bulbs this week. It was an act of faith in both the future and the cycle of life. It was done with an eye to a spring that will come after a winter that isn’t yet upon us. The bulbs themselves are little balls of potential, stuffed...
Zinnias are the workhorses of the flower garden

Zinnias are the workhorses of the flower garden

Ask any flower farmer and they’ll tell you zinnias are amazing flowers. They crank out blooms with long stems in a tremendous variety of colors and petal textures. We don’t know what we would do without our zinnias. Cut and Come Again The more you cut from a zinnia...