Welcome to Rainbow Farm!
At Rainbow Farm we grow lots of lilies and other plants that grow from lumpy, bumpy things called rhizomes, tubers, bulbs and corms. Many of our customers who come to see us each week at Farmer’s Markets in Delaware and Maryland ask how we got into growing lilies. This is a good question because we grow our lilies and sell them differently than many suppliers...
It started when I was the only one tending the farm. With 34 acres to care for during my free time away from teaching biology, I decided that I needed to focus my farming efforts on something manageable. I needed something that would hang around until next season if I didn’t get to sell it to a happy customer. Vegetables just didn’t fit the bill so I tried both herbs and lilies.
I soon discovered that lilies are a great flower for the garden as well as bouquets. They require minimal attention once started, they transplant very well, and in a bouquet they easily last for a week. I’m not into the "tedious" process of planting small seeds, constantly tending them, then waiting for them to germinate. Lilies sounded like fun! Herbs - not so much. The herbs went by the wayside after two years and I focused on perfecting the lily growing operation and developing new ways to deliver them to our customers.
Today we sell mature lilies ready to transplant into your garden and enjoy. Our shorter lilies are always available to you potted to enjoy yourself or as the perfect gift. Throughout the summer we will have fresh cut bouquets to bring a burst of color to your home. And, in the Fall, we package up our healthy, established bulbs for for you to plant and enjoy next Spring.
At the farmers markets where vendors are known as "the mushroom lady", "the fish man", and "the egg lady", I soon became "The Lily Lady". This year we have planted close to 4000 bulbs representing over 100 varieties.
Our market customers loved the lilies for their sunny areas but kept asking for a solution for the shaded areas. Two years ago we began experimenting with native woodland shade plants - particularly the flowering kind. Now we have added a collection of true native plants - the kind you would find walking through virgin Mid-Atlantic woodlands. Many of these plants look like dead sticks or roots when I plant them and they never fail to amaze me when I see beautiful green shoots and ultimately colorful flowers appearing in spring. They are naturally hardy to this area and easily transplant to your garden.
Check out the "What's Growing" section of the site for great pictures of this year's crop. We’ll be glad to help you choose and give advice but gardens are a personal expression so don't be afraid to find yourself and show your colorful side!!