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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Another lap completed around the flower field

Another lap completed around the flower field

December is the time of year when we take a pitstop and assess the most recent “lap” of our business. It’s a time when we finally have an opportunity to slow down and reflect on our successes, critique our challenges and rethink our strategies and tactics. It’s also a time when we remember with gratitude all the people that contributed in large and small ways to our success.

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Feeling Thankful

Feeling Thankful

The Thanksgiving season has us feeling grateful for all the blessings in our lives, including the people and things that have contributed to the success of our flower farm. The list is long and our gratitude runs deep. Thank you to everyone who has helped us — we appreciate your acts of kindness!

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Buying local flowers has global implications

Buying local flowers has global implications

Locally grown flowers are an important element in a healthy local economy. Supporting small businesses increases the “velocity” of money, a measure of how many times a dollar is used to purchase goods and services measured in the GDP. There are myriad other reasons why it’s a good idea.

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Dahlias’ burdensome beauty

Dahlias’ burdensome beauty

Growing dahlias is a labor-intensive endeavor and they are susceptible to multiple threats, but they are one of the most popular flowers for good reason — they are show-stopper beautiful. Few flowers come in more colors, shapes and sizes than dahlias. We are in the peak of dahlia season and every day brings new blooms that stop even the most jaded flower farmers in their tracks.

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Putting down roots

Putting down roots

We have learned that some plants put out roots in water and some don’t. If a plant cutting readily roots in water, the roots are said to be “adventitious.” If roots grow in dirt, they are either “tap” or “fibrous.” We feel tap-rooted in our new home and the Howard County community is our soil. And we can’t think of a better place to grow.

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Blessed are the pollinators

Blessed are the pollinators

Without bees, butterflies and other pollinators, we wouldn’t have flowers or food or life on our planet. We think of sunlight, soil, water and carbon dioxide as essential to flora, but without pollinators to carry pollen from one flower to the next, those other things would be useless. We owe our lives to the bugs that help feed us.

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Weeds are an unfortunate part of flower farming

Weeds are an unfortunate part of flower farming

Weeds are a part of life for flower farmers. We spend a good bit of our time in the garden pulling out plants that are crowding the plants we want. It’s like cutting cancer out of a healthy body. It has to be done. And so we do it. Often. Goodbye, buttercups, thistle, mile-a-minute and bind weed.

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Rainbow of Flowers

Rainbow of Flowers

We saw a rainbow over our meadow this week. It seemed especially fitting given that we recently debuted our “Love is Love” fabric flower vase covers. We also realized that we’re lucky enough to work every day in the midst of a terrestrial rainbow of flowers that come in all seven hues of the light spectrum.

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