Farming is a lifestyle

Farming is a lifestyle

Farming is more of a way of life than an occupation. Most farmers love what they do. To quote one of our friends, “You’re never going to meet a happier group of poor people than a room full of flower farmers.” There is a sense of satisfaction from seeing the entire...
Apricity

Apricity

One of the pleasures we’ve derived from growing flowers is meeting other people who share our passion. We are part of a network of local growers in our area. Over time we have become more than colleagues. They are our friends, confidants, mentors, and counselors. They...
The bounty of July

The bounty of July

Flowers really bloom in July (at least in Howard County, Maryland where we farm). It’s a time when everything seems to be hitting its full stride and potential. Colors burst forth, pollinators are busy doing their thing and flower farmers often can’t find enough...
…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...
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...