At Island Meadow Farms, our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible blooms that the especially rich and fertile soil of York can produce. Each morning and evening we visit the field to cut stems for the day’s orders, making sure to give our flowers the special holding treatment each variety requires. We love our work, and the long days of constant attention pay off for us when we see how delighted our customers are with our flowers.
Island Meadow Farms flowers are cut early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the extreme heat of the day. Cutting at the proper time helps flowers to hydrate properly and therefore have a longer vase life. To keep your Island Meadow Farms fresh cut flowers beautiful as long as possible, follow these tips:
- Before placing your flowers in a vase, re-cut the stems with a sharp knife.
- Remove any foliage on the stem that will come in contact with the water.
- Add a packet of cut flower food.
- On day three, change the water and re-cut the stems. Continue this daily. By keeping the water clean, you help prolong the life of your flowers.
As the seasons change, so does our flower assortment. The first flowers available are usually Sweet William, Delphinium, Sweet Peas, Foxgloves and Campanulas. July brings Snapdragon, Peonies, Garden Roses, Lilies, Larkspur, and Astilbe, among others. August offers Asters, Glads, Zinnias, Sunflowers, Dahlias and Rudbeckia. The fall includes a variety of Grasses and Millets, Helenium, Ornamental Peppers, Cut Flower Kale, and many others. Here are just some of the seasonal varieties available at Island Meadow Farms:
|Asters||Mid August -- September|
|Ageratum||Mid-July to October|
|Batchelor’s Buttons||July to September|
|Bells Of Ireland||Mid-July to August|
|Bupleurm||Mid-July to August|
|Calendula||July to September|
|Dahlias||Mid-July to October|
|Glads||August to October|
|Grasses||Mid-July to October|
|Larkspur||Mid-July to mid-August|
|Lisianthus||Late July to August|
|Matricaria||July to September|
|Millet||Mid-July to October|
|Snapdragon||Mid-July to October|
|Statice||Mid-August to October|
|Sunflowers||Mid-July to October|
|Sweet Peas||Early July to mid-August|
|Zinnias||Late July to October|
|Achillia (4 varieties)||July to August|
|Acelepias (2 varieties)||Mid-July to August|
|Astilbe (9 varieties)||July to mid-August|
|Baby’s Breath||Late July to mid-August|
|Delphinium||July & August|
|Dianthus||Late June to mid-July|
|Garden Roses||July to early August|
|Hydrangeas||Mid to late August|
|Liatrus||Mid-July to mid-August|
|Lilies||Mid-July to October|
|Peony||June to early July|
At Island Meadow Farms, we grow many other varieties not listed here. Please call for other options and to check availability. We also have access to imported flowers as required.
For information about the “meaning” of particular flower varieties, read this “Language of Flowers” article at Wikipedia.org.