April 18, 2024

Mid-April Blooms

The plants around my farm are growing so beautifully. There are gorgeous spring blooms in every garden.

Every day I see something new. Trees are leafing out and flowers are bursting with color and energy - Fritillaria, Leucojum, Muscari, Epimedium, the trout lilies, the Mertensia with their charming blue flowers that open from pink-tinged buds, and of course the daffodils.

Here's a look at what's blooming this week.

April 17, 2024

Planting Hellebores

Spring planting is in full swing here at my farm!

Every year I add lots of plants to both existing gardens as well as new spaces. Over the weekend, I placed dozens of potted hellebores in the beds outside my Tenant House, in areas that get partial shade and dappled sunlight. I already have hellebores growing in these gardens, but I wanted to fill in the spaces a bit more. These hellebores are part of a recent shipment from the wholesale plant nursery, Monrovia. Yesterday, my gardeners planted all of them and they look great. Hellebores begin to bloom in March and continue through the spring until the end of May. We'll all enjoy the low lying clumps of bold green foliage with their colorful rose-like blossoms for several more weeks.

Here are some photos, enjoy.


April 16, 2024

Planting Stewartia Trees

Do you know why the Japanese stewartia tree is one of my favorites? "Stewart" is my last name after all.

The Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, is a small, slow-growing, all-season performer that shows off fresh green leaves in spring, white flowers resembling single camellias in summer, and colorful foliage in autumn. It's also well-loved for its attractive exfoliating bark, which peels away in strips of gray, reddish-brown, and orange. Yesterday, my outdoor grounds crew planted a stand of young stewartia trees behind my Gym building in an area not far from my main Greenhouse, my winding pergola, and of course, my stewartia garden.

Here are some photos.