Apricity

Apricity

Apricity isn’t just the name of our friend’s flower business, it also means bright sun in the middle of winter. Today, the day of our earliest sunset, we are grateful for the apricity that Apricity’s owner, Lisa, contributes to the world, in flowers and sunshine that brightens the lives of those around her.

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Flower farming degree from YouTube University

Flower farming degree from YouTube University

We refer to YouTube for information and instruction so often we joke that we have degrees from YouTube University. A lot of what we know regarding our trade was gleaned by watching others demonstrate how they do things. We realize that without the myriad contributions by selfless individuals we might not be where we are. Thank you, kind strangers.

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Get married before the first frost

Get married before the first frost

Fall is a beautiful time to get married. The weather and flora are typically splendid. We understand the appeal of an autumn wedding — we were married in October on a beautiful, cloudless-blue day. As flower farmers, our advice is to pick a date before October 12, if possible. Most farmers in our area consider that day our fall frost date and if they are asked to price flowers in advance for a wedding, they may give a higher quote for dates after 12 October.

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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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