We’re going tropical for 2012.  While we were in Florida, we took the opportunity to visit a couple of nurseries.  We were very excited to find a supplier for “Macho Fern”,  a plant we have always enjoyed in our urns flanking the front walkway but, were never able to get in quantity.  These are beautiful long fronds unlike any fern you’ve ever seen.  

How  fun is that?

Moss is in

Tramping through the woods I found this beautiful sheet of moss.  Marilyn and I scour all our favorite ridge lines in the area and hadn’t been to this one in several years.  It’s like a treasure hunt!

we made it through Irene!

Although there was a sheet of water moving over the whole field, everything seems to be fine with the exception of a few toppled sunflowers.  I was very happy that the swan balls stayed upright as I know you are all anticipating them, and, I have a beautiful crop of ornamental peppers (that I am very proud of) that are so top heavy I was worried they would all crash, but, they held on.  You’ll see them in a few weeks.  We didn’t even lose power, which happens around here if a chipmunk sneezes.  So, despite 7″ of rain, all is well here on the farm.

picking 8/22/11

butterfly asclepia,gold and orange … mountain mint … scented geranium, 3 kinds … lisianthus, we’re between crops right now but there is some limited availability … green kale … agastache … limelight millet … clematis piroutte … vining clematis … lavender … pink or blue mophead hydrangea … delphiniums… dusty miller … dahlias … ageratum … tweedia … zinnias, all colors … green lacecap hydrangeas and green annabelles …limelight hydrangeas, big and beautiful … blue salvia, limited … tansy … green, bronze and smaller red amaranth … sunflowers, finally! … basil – lemon, cinnamon, a new dark leafed variety and thai … celosia (cockscomb) hot pink, apricot and orange … new Bonita asters, blue, rose and white

flash forward

Refer to the April 16th post … this is 10 days later!  I swear, you can just sit and watch the peonies grow.  At this rate, they’ll be ready for Mother’s Day!  OK, maybe not that soon.

ahhh, spring

dogs pathCody took this picture of the shortcut the dogs take to get down the back hill.  Doesn’t it just scream spring?

What’s this?

A cute vignette MAC created in the workshop.  Luckily, that grasshopper isn’t real.  When I was planting the lisianthus plugs in house #1, there were newborn baby grasshoppers jumping all over the place.  Cute little dickens … 1/2 inch long and beige with big eyes.  I was freaking out about how to get rid of them because you know how big and hungry they get.  Oddly enough, they seem to have disappeared.  I guess they all left for greener pastures.  At least, I hope so.

peonies are up

The last heat wave gave everything a push, literally, as you can see.  This year, we are building mini tunnels over 2 of the rows so they’ll be earlier.  Cool, Huh?

Spring on the farm

The little greenhouse, hard at work.  This spring has been a challenge because of the below average temperatures.  I start seeding around the first of February and, the plan is, once the seedlings are established, they move out to the big, unheated greenhouse to finish under row cover.

Since we had such a chilly March,  they’re a little backed up, to say the least!  Even so, I’ve managed to get the stock (1600) lisianthus (1000+) and dianthus (I lost count) in the ground.  Oh, and 500 or so delphinium.  April is looking good!

Tulips, lilies, ranunculus and anemones are all growing strong.  It won’t be long now!

Will it never end?

Just as the ice and snow was starting to retreat, like a giant glacier reluctantly giving in to the demands of Mother Nature, she turned around and slapped us in the face with this.  Covering all our newly rediscovered earth with a vicious layer of ice and snow.  And to top it off, we lost power for 39 hours.  Was it something I said?