2 Hardscrabble has such diverse, and healthy inventory.
3 The 40-acre facility offers a huge selection of evergreens, shade trees, shrubs, perennials, ground cover and native plants.
4 It is always a lot of fun to see what new specimens they have to offer.
5 One of the day's tasks was to pick up some trees I had purchased several weeks earlier.
6 Along the way to my already reserved trees, I spotted two of these very pretty dwarf Korean lilac standards, Syringa meyeri 'Palabin'.
7 These are dense, rounded-oval, deciduous shrubs which typically grow four to five feet tall with a spread of five to seven feet. Pale pink, sweetly-fragrant single flowers arranged in dense, terminal clusters bloom in spring - so beautiful.
8 And, look at its gorgeous dark speckled bark.
9 They will be a nice addition to the farm.
10 Next - to hunt down my trees. I had previously purchased 12-golden weeping willows, Salix alba niobe.
11 And here they are - these trees will complete the grove of weeping willows I planted in a marshy area of one of my lower hayfields. Weeping willows are wide and tall with beautiful curtains of drooping branches that sweep the ground - these are perfect.
12 While Ryan and the crew loaded the trees onto our large capacity dump truck, I decided to tour around the property to see if anything else interested me.
13 Hardscrabble has such an abundant supply of beautiful trees.
14 Hardscrabble's selection of trees is among the largest in the region. They carry both common and unusual specimens in all different sizes.
15 These Bloodgood London Plane trees, Platanus acerifolia ‘bloodgood’, are also mine. They will have to be picked up on a second trip.
16 I was also interested in purchasing some ground cover to use in the new Stewartia grove behind my Tenant House.
17 I chose a few flats containing Jeffersonia diphylia, may apple, Solomon's Seal, and Syneileses palmata.
18 Once everything was loaded onto the truck, we went back to the farm for a busy afternoon of planting.
19 Back home, Ryan and the outdoor grounds crew uncovered and unloaded the golden weeping willows in the lower hayfield.
20 The trees were transported laying down to keep their trunks and branches protected during the short trip.
21 And each one was carefully removed and placed into its designated planting spot.
22 Weeping willows are upright and fast-growing. They are small trees now, but will still add more beautiful golden color to this grove.
23 I directed where each tree would go. Because of their massive root systems, weeping willows need a lot of room to grow.
24 Just a couple more trees to unload. Because they were all well-watered, these potted trees were very heavy.
25 They will be planted within the next couple of days.
26 This area will be so beautiful.
27 The flats of ground cover were also unloaded and placed near their new garden bed.
28 It was a damp, and chilly day, but still a good one for planting.
29 Ryan and I placed the potted plants where they would be planted. This is always a good idea before digging the holes, so they can be positioned where they would look best.
30 I was excited to start planting. Here I am underplanting this Stewartia with Jeffersonia diphylla, twinleaf.
31 Jeffersonia diphylla, twinleaf, is a hardy, North American perennial. Small white flowers resembling those of bloodroot appear on the stems in early spring before the leaves expand.
32 Solomon's Seal is a hardy perennial native to the eastern United States and southern Canada. These plants produce dangling white flowers, which turn to dark blue berries later in the summer.
33 Solomon's Seal is also shade-loving, and will thrive in this location.
34 In early spring the foliage of Syneilesis palmata, Shredded Umbrella plant, emerges from the soil looking like Shaggy Mane Mushrooms. Over time, it forms a sizeable patch of green umbrella-shaped leaves.
35 Its foliage reaches about 24-inches tall with unusual umbells of upward facing pink, and white flowers when in bloom. Mature foliage can be more than a foot across with deeply toothed, narrow leaves - it is really an interesting plant.
36 I love using may apple - and these Podophyllum peltatum, may apple, will add a stunning contrast. I have a lot of it in my shade garden, and its umbrella foliage always get lots of attention from my guests.
37 The large, twin, umbrella-like leaves of may apple are showy and conspicuous. They remain closed as the stem lengthens, unfolding six to eight inches across when the plant has reached its one and a half foot height.
38 Using a shovel, Ryan digs holes where each plant will live. Do you know the difference between a spade and a shovel? They both are intended to move earth and materials, but the shovel is better for ‘scooping and lifting’ and the flat edge of the spade is better for ‘cutting and scraping’.
39 Ryan creates a hole similar to the size of the root ball of each plant.
40 The plant is buried to the same depth it was in its pot.
41 Ryan moved from one section to another, quickly getting our new plants into the ground before the rain.
42 Here he is planting the palmata.
43 And the may apple - almost done.
44 Right now these plants are spread apart and not too showy, but in a few seasons, they will cover the space and create a lush, green carpet of beautiful foliage. I can't wait.
45 A few days later, the willows were also planted.
46 All of them look perfect where we placed them a few days ago.
47 They are all such healthy trees - I know they will thrive here.
48 These trees will blend in so well with their taller cousins in no time.