12 March, 2021
“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.”- William Wordsworth
Our farm tells the story of the seasons though flowers. The story begins with eagerly anticipated heirloom daffodils and fancy tulips peaking their noses up out of the ground in Spring. We finish with the last stems of dahlias we harvest until the first frost in Fall.
We rejoice with the first sweet peas, poppies and peonies in late May and early June. We celebrate the summer solstice in June with our first sunflowers and zinnias on the fourth of July. Our season always begins with a trickle, one solitary bloom, as we wait impatiently for the buds to pop. But soon the spigot opens full blast, and we are once again swimming in flowers.
Understanding the seasonality has been a steep learning curve for us. At times, it feels like walking a tight rope to set expectations about the cycle of our season and also to meet the steadily increasing demand for our flowers.
When I started Cross Street Flower Farm, my first and most urgent puzzle to solve was how to always have flowers in blooms throughout the season. I needed to learn which cut flower varieties would grow best in New England, and exactly when they would bloom. I read lots of books, scoured the internet, and asked other flower farmers from around the country. Mostly though, we learned through trial and error what to plant and when to plant it.
It took the better part of the last 6 years to develop our crop plan and greenhouse seeding list, and we still experiment with new varieties and strive to perfect our methods every year. We are always looking for ways to stretch out the season so we can have blooms earlier and later in the year.
We’ve put together a Cross Street Flower Farm Availability list to help you know when your favorite flowers will bloom on our farm.
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