Farmer Blue is a 12-acre, cut-flower farm in Seabrook. Its owner is working hard to build a better bouquet with local flowers. The farm grows over 300 varieties of annuals and perennials for florists and event planners in the Lowcountry.
Here is owner David Blue’s favorite flower for April:
A member of the Brassica family, Matthiola incana is a beautiful, aromatic flower prized by the floral design community for its showy display. Known commonly as stock or gilly flower, it was originally found in the western Mediterranean.
Typical of the growing habit of other brassicas, such as cabbage and broccoli, stock thrives in cool seasons with shorter day length. Once temperatures are consistently above 80 degrees, we say goodbye to this annual.
Stock is an important crop to local flower farms because it does not ship well. Like vegetables, flowers found in the grocery store are bred to withstand the long trip from another country.