Stargazer Barn Wins at North of the Gate Wine Competition 2017 Each year, more than 300 wines are entered in the North of the Gate Wine Competition at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair to face fierce evaluation and appraisal by a nine-judge panel of sommeliers, connoisseurs, and veteran winemakers. The competition is stiff, as this Wine Competition highlights the viticulture regions north of San Fransisco, including the world-class vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties). “That is what makes this award particularly special,” says winemaker Wil Franklin, “our little known AVA of Willow Creek in Humboldt County is going head to head with the very best.” Last year was our first time participating in this competition and we were pleased to bring home the most prestigious wine awards of Gold and Silver for our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Chardonnay, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2013 Merlot. So, once again we were more than pleased to join this year’s competition with our 20
What is a Stargazer Lily What is a Stargazer Lily? The creator of the Stargazer Lily, breeder Leslie Woodruff, did not keep detailed notes of how he developed this dynamic, fragrant hybrid, so we only know a little bit about its origin. It was created in 1974 as an alternative to the beautiful and fragrant rubrum lily. Rubrum lilies feature an enviable, vibrant pink color, but their downward-facing blooms can lend a droopy, languorous look. Woodruff hybridized the Stargazer Lily to produce the striking, beloved colors of the Rubrum lily, but instead of downward-facing flowers, Stargazer’s blooms face upward, hence the name, Stargazer Lily. The Stargazer Lily became commercially available in 1978, and grew to become one of the most popular and recognizable varieties of lilies available today. Over time the original Stargazer liliy has been bred with improvement for growing, and vase life. We currently offer the second generation of Stargazer, called Starfighter. A Starfighter L
Stargazer Lilies for Easter In the Christian tradition, Easter represents the resurrection of Jesus, a day filled with hope and renewal. It is quite appropriate that this day is often accompanied by the arrival of Spring, a season which also symbolizes resurrection. For Flower Farmers and gardeners, this particular time signals the rebirth of bulb flowers. After a long winter slumber, bulb flowers are reawakened, marking their own celebration of renewal. At Stargazer Barn, we grow our bulb flowers year-round, but their sentimental association is solidly spring, and solidly Easter. Both flowers and Easter represent sunshine after darkness and life after death. How appropriate to celebrate the world coming alive again after a long winter with Easter Flowers. Our favorite flower for Easter is the Stargazer Lily. Not only does the Stargazer Lily represent beauty and rebirth, it adds an additional layer to the already rich symbolism of Easter Flowers. Traditionally, lilies repr
Women’s Day or International Women’s Day is a day meant to celebrate women from all walks of life as well as celebrating equality of genders. Celebrate Women’s Day with the perfect gift of flowers.
When you think of millennials a few words probably come to mind. And I’m willing to bet one of those words isn’t romance. In fact, millennials are known for our disregard of the traditional norms of love and dating. Millennials enjoy the perks of casual dating yet fall victim to the inevitable confusion that comes with the rejection of labels. We have shed the idea of structured gender roles in relationships. We’re more likely to use the words ‘going out’ instead of ‘dating’ to describe our romantic life.
Stargazer Lilies for Valentine’s Day This Valentine’s Day is your time to shine. Send farm-fresh flowers in a romantic, picturesque box for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience. After all, if there were ever an occasion to make a special memory, Valentine’s Day is it. Oriental Lilies make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift, as their star-shaped blossoms, heavenly scent, and long vase life are an excellent symbol of love. Imagine your darling receiving a box filled to the brim with farm-fresh, elegant lilies. Over the course of the week, as every large, fragrant bloom opens, there will be an accompanying thought of you. Stargazer Lilies, with their speckled pink petals, are symbolic of everlasting affection and devotion, which makes them a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Our Lilies 4 Lovers bouquet includes six stems of Stargazer lilies and six stems of White Oriental lilies with a touch of beargrass for height, texture, and color. If you really want to spoil
Do you know who grew your flowers and crafted your wine? At Stargazer Barn we are makers and doers. Stargazer Barn is proud to be a part of the “Field to Vase” movement, offering exclusively American Grown flowers, which we grow right here in Humboldt County, California.