Little Wonders

When you grow flowers, you are a witness to little wonders. By far, the most exciting thing this month was finding a monarch chrysalis and watching the transformation into a beautiful butterfly! In addition to my perennial milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), I planted annual milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa) and the monarch caterpillars loved it!  This type of milkweed has a pod that forms that is used for adding unique elements to floral arrangements. The pods are known as “hairy balls”. “Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on the leaves of milkweed, the only host plant for this iconic butterfly species. As such, milkweed is critical for the survival of monarchs. Without it, they cannot complete their life cycle and their populations decline.” National Wildlife federation September flowers include zinnias, marigolds, rudbeckia, salvia, celosia, dahlias, sunflowers and more! One of my favorite late summer flowers are Cosmos. They love full sun and will grow in…

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Summer Harvest

Tomatoes, squash, peppers, corn and flowers! Gardens all around are brimming with abundance.  Crested celosia aka cockscomb aka “brains” love the heat. August brings our first big flush. There are…

Dormancy

On January 26th in central Maryland, the sunrise was 7:18am and the sunset is 5:18pm, marking an end to what has become known as the Persephone Period. According to an…

Wrap Up!

I simply can’t believe we are wrapping up the third season of Celadon Hill! Since 2019, we’ve grown in production space and quantity, generating up to 500 stems of annuals…