Bloom Alert: June 11, 2014

Even though our tulips are no longer in bloom, there are still plenty of beautiful flowers to see here at the farm. While walking around today, some of the most striking flowers in bloom were these tiger lilies. Their vibrant orange color certainly brightened up this dreary week! We only have one cluster of lilies this year, however we planted a small patch that will be absolutely gorgeous for picking next year.

Another plant that is in full flower is our rhubarb. This vegetable is often used much like a fruit and is popular in desserts like pies, tarts and cakes, but did you know that its leaves are poisonous? They contain toxic levels of oxalic acid, which is why only the stalks are used in cooking and baking.

Although you can't eat the leaves, they are still a valuable garden resource. If you boil the leaves in water for 15-20 minutes, let cool, strain, and put in a spray bottle, you will have a very effective organic insecticide for all leaf-eating insects (like cabbage worms)!

Bunches of rhubarb will be available in the Rodale Institute Garden Store
Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. –to 4 p.m. {VISIT}

Rodale Institute is THE place for pick-your-own ORGANIC flowers! Our Bloom Alerts will keep in the loop so you know when to come out to the farm for fresh organic flowers. Check back to see what is bursting forth each week or sign up for our e-newsletter and we’ll let you know when they are ready to pick!

For more information on the who, what, when, and where of pick-your-own flowers at the farm, contact our Garden Store.

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