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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.