1 This is where I shopped for plants last Saturday. I ended up buying quite a few things, which were picked up by my crew on Monday.
2 Ryan drove the farm pickup to Hardscrabble.
3 And Chhiring followed in the larger capacity dump truck.
4 Hardscrabble Farms is located at 45 Hardscrabble Road in North Salem, New York.
5 When picking up an order, you must first check in with the office. While waiting their turn, Ryan and Chhiring looked at some tools available for purchase.
6 Hardscrabble also offers free-range eggs from nearby Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard.
7 The eggs look a lot like what my mixed breeds of chickens lay.
8 You can also order free-range Thanksgiving turkeys raised at the same farm.
9 It's bulb planting season and Hardscrabble has quite a few to choose from.
10 Once they got the paperwork, Ryan and Chhiring were helped by an attendant.
11 My order
12 I purchased 20 flats of pachysandra to fill in some bare areas around the farm.
13 Hardscrabble has such a diverse inventory. I love these Korean Rock Ferns.
14 Like a maple tree, Autumn Ferns turn a red color with the season change.
15 Beautiful variegated hosta
16 Lovely heucherella Sweet Tea
17 There are so many varieties of ornamental grasses.
18 Aster Wood's Purple was blooming away.
19 There were also rows of late-blooming roses.
20 Another late blooming plant is sedum Autumn Joy.
21 Ryan was interested in looking at this section of the nursery - Alpines, Creeping Sedums, Thyme, Moss.
22 He wants to fill in around the stone walkways more with a sedum called stonecrop, but he thinks it best to wait until spring. If planted now, Ryan feels the plants won't have time to get their roots established for the cold winter coming.
23 A better look at the stonecrop, which is a compact low-grower that spreads nicely.
24 Some more of my order being gathered from various places at the nursery
25 Chhiring loaded viburnum, cypress, smoke tree, white pine, and thunderhead pine onto the dump truck.
26 I purchased 100 pots of Tide Hill boxwood.
27 Ryan counted carefully while loading the pickup.
28 These standard hydrangeas look great at this time of year with their mauve colored blooms.
29 I also bought 50 Green Velvet boxwood.
30 The boxwood was loaded onto the Kubota.
31 And it was checked off the list
32 Realizing that there wasn't enough room on the trucks for all of the plants and a second trip would have to be made, Ryan and Chhiring discussed the details.
33 A panoramic view of the Hardscrabble Farms from a unique vantage point
34 Back at the farm, the plants were unloaded where they were to be planted.
35 The Tide Hill boxwood was intended for the garden behind the summer house, which is a work in progress.
36 Early in the morning, I showed Ryan my drawings for where I wanted the boxwood planted, so he set the pots in the proper locations.
37 The corners of this garden will be planted with some of the boxwood. More of this garden to follow.