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...
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...