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...
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...
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...
Oh, deer me!

Oh, deer me!

Whitetail Deer Whitetail deer are just as beautiful and cute as they are maddening. We’ve suffered quite a bit of crop damage over the years from deer pressure. I wouldn’t say we hate the critters, but we would prefer they had smaller appetites! And our deer clearly...
Sunflowers succession planting

Sunflowers succession planting

We have struggled in the past with succession planting our sunflowers. We think we finally have it figured out and we’d like to let you know how we do it. Succession Planting Because successful flower farming requires a steady supply of flowers over the course of six...