1431 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

Open Tue-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5

flowers and ouchy things

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And we’re back to the regularly scheduled programming of my random thoughts.

First up is, the cosmos are starting to bloom!

It brings up some nostalgia for me because my Grandmother used to grow a lot of cosmos for bouquets when I was a kid. We’ve got the classic pinkish-purplish, some striped, and, just to shake things up… yellow!

Speaking of flowers, I saw a lot of ouchy insects visiting the flowers this morning. Interestingly, no honey bees. Nor any of the flies that look like bees (hoverflies, I think); there are usually a ton of those.

The yellow jacket is on fennel flowers (bet you thought they were dill. Don’t worry, I forgive you. The flowers and leaves look very similar).

But why do we have fennel flowers? Excellent question. We’re trying to save fennel seeds.

“Trying” being the operative word here because not too many seed pods are forming…. Ah well. Just something else to research (I’ve only got 212 tabs open on my phone right now, so that alone is a reason to research).

The chestnuts are starting to get very noticeable.

We have Chinese chestnut trees as they are not susceptible to chestnut blight like the American chestnuts.

As someone who spent their summers barefoot as a kid… I’m not a fan of chestnuts. Those burs hurt! And they stick around on the ground for-ever.

But in terms of nut trees that you actually get some of the harvest from instead of the squirrels getting it all, chestnuts are a good choice.

Just make sure you wear shoes outside year-round.

Some seasonal inspiration:

Open Tue-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5. 

Closed Sunday & Monday.

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About Highland Orchards

Completely surrounded by suburbia, our small farm has been growing beyond expectations since 1832, just north of Wilmington, Delaware.

Growing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, Highland Orchards provides true “farm fresh” for the community all year. If you want to shake the hand of the farmer who grows for you, here is the farm! With plants in the ground or under cover in tunnels, we grow for every season. A family farm, we have three different generations involved in running the farm right now.

Come see us to eat fresh, eat local, and eat well!