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...
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...
Foraging for wildflowers

Foraging for wildflowers

We make no secret of the fact that we forage on our own land for wildflowers to enhance the market bouquets that we sell. Our land includes a 4-acre meadow with a pretty diverse plant stock. Depending on the season, we find flowers, greenery and woodies that add...
What are “F1” flower seeds?

What are “F1” flower seeds?

F1 Hybrid Seeds The “F1” on seeds and plants means it is a “first child” or unique offspring created by human intervention — the selective cross-breeding of two different species.  The resulting plants and seeds are referred to hybrids.  ...