April 18, 2019

Trees and Shrubs from Musser Forests, Inc.

Potting and planting projects continue at the farm with a group of beautiful evergreen specimens.

The outdoor grounds crew worked hard to plant hundreds of trees that arrived - most recently, Colorado blue spruce trees, white spruce trees, Norway spruce trees, and Serbian spruce trees. I also ordered Osage orange trees, two varieties of boxwood, rhododendrons, and some pachysandra ground covers. They all came from Musser Forests, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in conifer and hardwood seedlings and transplants. The bare-root trees were potted temporarily, so their root systems can develop. The boxwood shrubs were planted directly into the ground in a field down by my vegetable garden.  

Enjoy these photos.

April 17, 2019

NYBG's 2019 Garden Furniture & Antiques Fair

Spring is a popular time for fairs and sales of all kinds and whenever my schedule allows, I always try to attend a few of my favorites.

Last week, I went to The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Garden Furniture & Antiques Fair. This year, more than 20 of the country’s leading exhibitors showcased their finest garden antiques for purchase. I also attended the Preview Party Collectors’ Plant Sale, which features hard-to-find trees, shrubs, and plants propagated from NYBG collections, and hand-selected for their rarity and charm. It’s a splendid time of year to be at The New York Botanical Garden - not only to enjoy its many fun and interesting events but to see its stunning gardens and horticultural displays. I hope you take the opportunity to visit the next time you are in the New York City area.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

April 16, 2019

Moving My Gooseberry Bushes

Spring chores continue around my Bedford, New York farm. If you’re thinking of moving any bushes or shrubs, early spring is a good time - when the plants are still dormant.

Last year, I decided to make a few changes to the beds surrounding my main greenhouse. The areas had long been home to many berry bushes - currants in the front and gooseberries in the back. If you recall, we moved the currants last autumn. And just last week, we transplanted four rows of gooseberries. Gooseberries are small, tart fruits that are delicious eaten raw at the peak of ripeness, or used for making jams, jellies, pies, and other summer desserts. They’re low in calories and packed with essential nutrients. I know they will thrive in their new location and continue to produce many, many flavorful fruits.

Enjoy these photos.