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A happy little dog runs through a field of flowers to a woman, kneeling in the black soil, cutting blooms for a bouquet. Bees buzz around her, and the soft blue sky overhead is filled with puffy white clouds. This sounds like the dream sequence from a movie, but it is a real place right here in The Bend.
Emily Capule started The Honey Bee and the Hound Cut Flower Farm when she moved to Corpus Christi in 2015 with her husband, Chris. Chris is a pilot with the Coast Guard, and as Capule said, they are a “military family putting down roots.”
Capule started her bouquet business in her front yard. When her space was filled completely with flowers, she expanded to a nearby vacant lot that had been empty for twenty years. She convinced the owner to let her convert it to a flower farm. Now it is a dazzling array of colors with bees, butterflies, and birds diving in and out of the blooms. Capule has more than a green thumb, it is a rainbow thumb. Everything she touches turns into colors.
Emily grew up on a 200-acre farm in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Her mom always kept a beautiful flower garden, and Emily says flowers help her stay connected to her mom.
Baylor University recruited Capule to ride horses in their equestrian program. As a freshman, driving home through the Smokey Mountains, she found a puppy on the side of the road that had been run over and left for dead. She rescued the little dog and nursed him back to health.
Her parents warned her that it would be difficult to keep a dog in college, but she said Smokey helped keep her grounded and focus on her studies. Smokey has been with her every day since she found him. Now, Capule works with the Humane Society and the VA to turn rescue dogs into companion dogs for veterans.
Capule interned at the esteemed Kew Royal Botanical Garden in London, the oldest and one of the best botanical gardens in the world. She went on to manage the Orchid House at the Naples Beach Resort in Florida, with its magnificent array of 4,000 orchids.
The Honey Bee and the Hound is registered with the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Capule grows her flowers without chemicals, which is extremely rare in the professional bouquet business. Go ahead, bury your face in the full pompom bouquets without fear of chemicals! It’s an instant mood booster.
Capule brings more than flowers to The Bend, she also brings a wonderful spirit that will brighten your day just as much as her bouquets.