Dahlia Inspired

The Wild Spirit of Flowers

Temperatures cool and fall foliage explodes in the northeast. Gardeners take a moment to catch their collective breath – alongside the falling crimson leaves set against a sapphire sky. Finally, there is time to reflect. Hot tea is once more appealing. The smell of firewood hangs in the crisp evening air. The earth quiets.  I… Read more

5 Things to Know about Growing Dahlias in the Heat

Growing dahlias in summertime creates unique challenges. Excessive heat is but one. Effectively strategizing to innovate, experiment, and offer solutions is as important an exercise as any - even as the (nutrient-rich ground) shifts under us. T.S. Eliot wrote, “[F]or us there is only the trying”. Dahlia season is upon us. The light changes, the evenings hasten, a bit. The world will soon, be awash, vibrant - in color. Read more

The Bloom is Ever Present on the Dahlia

This year for gardeners is really tough. The northeast has been pummeled with heavy rain. Temperatures have run high. Rain and heat make sustained garden work difficult as soil damage is a real concern. The most devoted gardeners are forced to watch as weeds take over. I’ll concede that this is a struggle. We are so often trained to believe that hard work guarantees success. When the most obvious measures of success fail, where does that leave us?  Read more

Reap (Most of) What You Sow by Sowing Seeds Indoors

Sowing seeds indoors provides an opportunity for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike to create a lush garden that features all manner of heirloom blooms absent from the local nursery. Think of it as an equal opportunity, low-cost endeavor (once you’ve made the first year’s investment of grow lights and heat mats if needed) that provides… Read more

She Can’t Stop Planting

Connecticut-based master and super talented potter Frances Palmer spins handmade ceramics for everyday use. Perhaps best known for her whimsical take on dishware and vases, a lesser-known fact is her lustrous work as a flower gardener. She shares how powerful childhood memories surrounding flowers informs her work as an artisan today. From early childhood, Frances… Read more

Sowing the Sales Seeds to Grow Your Business

I’ve often heard from farmers that a big issue is finding a market for what you produce. Without one, your beautifully grown flowers will be all dressed up with nowhere to go. If we don’t sell blooms this year, how will we have a wallet thick enough to plant seeds for next year? To cultivate… Read more

How a Farmer Grew a Better Woman

I have a confession. Though our Bear Creek Farm enterprise is entering its fourth year, I didn’t start calling myself a farmer until now. My previous identity was hard won: big business, big offices, global clients. While I didn’t play a man’s game necessarily, I certainly was in a man’s world, and my identity was… Read more

How to Hire the Best Temporary Workers for Your Farm

A Labor Department program called H2A changed my company for the better. I wish I had known about it from the start. I want to pass on the good news. My journey toward finding solid workers whom I can trust has not been a straight line. Here in upstate New York, the farming labor market… Read more

A Rose By Any Other Name

China Forbes is the breathtakingly talented lead singer for the genre-bending band Pink Martini, who is touring select cities this fall. In addition to her love for music, Forbes is a major flower fan. She is intimately in touch with a powerful childhood memory she gained while growing up in the Massachusetts countryside. “We lived… Read more

The Easiest Best Wedding in the World

Here at Bear Creek Farm, we understand how stressful wedding planning can be. The need to make so many choices and details for your special day can be overwhelming. That is why we have streamlined the process by offering one simple approach. We also explain why this option works best for so many couples. We… Read more