Does planting cool flowers in the fall really work?

Does planting cool flowers in the fall really work?

In our experience, yes and no. We are in our third year of growing cut flowers and we’ve tried planting cool flowers each of the past two autumns. The concept is to plant in September hardy annuals that can survive our zone 6b winters, which allows these flowers to...

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Volunteer pumpkins

Volunteer pumpkins

In the plant realm, things that reseed themselves or unexpectedly winter over are called “volunteers.” For flower growers like us, volunteers are a pleasant surprise. We often allow flowers that sprout on their own to grow even if it creates a disjointed look. Yarrow...

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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...

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Add the stirrup hoe to the list of the world’s great inventions

Add the stirrup hoe to the list of the world’s great inventions

You really can’t beat a stirrup hoe for manual weeding of a garden plot. As with many great inventions, it’s simple and effective, and easy to use. Stirrup hoes have been around for 300 years, but the modern version of the tool, with a oscillating head that makes it work on both strokes, has been around for only 50.

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…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...

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Iceland Poppies aren’t from Iceland (but Sessy is)

Iceland Poppies aren’t from Iceland (but Sessy is)

We don’t grow Iceland Poppies because Sessy is half Icelandic, although she is. We grow them because they are beautiful, popular with our customers and bloom in early spring (now) when few other flowers are doing much of anything. Unlike Sessy, Iceland poppies did not...

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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...

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Our stock froze to death

Our stock froze to death

A very windy, cold February night shredded our low tunnel and killed our stock crop. It was a disappointing setback, but weather-induced crop failures are a part of farming. We have already replanted and will carry on.

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Is there a flower seed shortage?

Is there a flower seed shortage?

We were taken aback when our go-to flower seed suppliers told us they were sold out of some of our essential seeds. They attributed it to Covid, wildfires, increased demand and supply chain issues. Fortunately, we found the seeds we needed, although some will arrive later than we would have liked.

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