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...
Another lap completed around the flower field

Another lap completed around the flower field

Years feel to us like laps in a journey where December represents the home-stretch sprint to the start/finish line.  When the ground goes dormant, and the daily demands of farming lighten, we have an opportunity to slow down and assess the most recent lap. To reflect...
Feeling Thankful

Feeling Thankful

As Thanksgiving approaches and we contemplate all that we’re thankful for, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with gratitude. We are grateful for the customers we met at farmers markets, those who came to our farm for custom cuts and special events, our CSA subscribers,...
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...