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The last light of 2014, inspired by this Instagram by Nicole Franzen. (Yes of course hers is way better, but I was inspired by the idea, and the caption!) PS: She’s great to follow on Insta if you are looking for good photogs! Last light of year ✨ A photo… Read More →
Step 1: Gather pinecones while on a walk. Step 2: Tie ribbons around the top of them. Step 4: Ask your neighbor Tasha if she has any birdseed you can borrow. Step 5: Rub the pinecones in peanut butter, then in borrowed bird seed. Step 5: Hang pinecones in trees,… Read More →
Just after waking, out my bedroom window. I just liked the light. And the orange. Looks pretty, doesn’t it? Related posts: The First Real Sign of Fall Sunday Morning Play Fall Foliage in Upstate New York: High Falls, Rosendale & New Paltz Beautiful Tulips
Usually we have one before October, but this year, no! Let the fall begin. Related posts: The Farm’s First Fire of the Season Lamb, Kale, Squash and the First Fire of the Season The Farm’s First Fire of the Season The Season’s First Caprese Salad!
A nice bright flash of white near the patio. The nights are getting cooler, though, so weren’t not enjoying them as much as we should! Related posts: Garden Update: Blueberries, Apricots, Daisies Candlelit Limelight Hydrangea Update on the Garden: Phlox, Butterfly Bush, Hydrangea, Cosmos and More Garden Problems and Solutions:… Read More →
OK so Shakespeare I’m not (line 345 here in Hamlet), but I am a little sad to see these two quinces go. We bought them as young whips only a stick thin (see their arrival at the farm in this post here), and they’ve grown 7 feet tall and 4 feet… Read More →
In early September, a few beautiful flowers (and a few we’re saying a little prayer for, too). Cosmos: Our variagated hydrangea is now 2 years old. I htink next spring we’ll leave the annuals out of the way and let it shine: In the spring we’ll need to reshape the limelight,… Read More →
When it comes to transplanting a 10-year-old hydrangea, I will tell you this: It’s a bitch. The roots are not deep, but they’re in tight. And after the winter we had, the hydrangea was already in bad shape. Still, I’ll share what I’ve learned, and I am hoping that this… Read More →
After focusing so long on the patio and the gardens surrounding it, it’s time to turn our attention to other areas of the farm. We’ve been experimenting here and there, but in spring 2015, we will take what we’ve learned from our mistakes and start anew. Here, then, at the risk… Read More →
Thanks to our new Adironadack chair, we’ve been stargazing on these clear, cool nights. This year, I’ve learned a new constellation: Boötes. He’s also know as the Herdsman, because he’s right back of Ursa Major, shepherding it and and the other stars around the North Pole. Also, did you know… Read More →
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While Hunna was grilling the pizza, I took a little garden tour to check in with the crops at the farm. Our newest pear tree, a Barlett, is doing nicely. Some pretty coneflowers, too: It’s been such a pretty August. Related posts: Garden Update: Coneflowers,… Read More →
About to pull out of the driveway on the way to work one morning, and I was struck at how beautiful the Black Eyed Susans were. Finally, this little corner of the farm, neglected so long, is getting its due. Flowers, garage, Volvo, grill, firewood. Yes, this suburban life. … Read More →
A handmade original for the patio at Sour Cherry Farm: the SCF Adirondack Chair. Hunna built it out of cedar. Handsome devil, isnt’ it! And oh-so-comfortable, too. Congrats to Hunna! Related posts: Trees in Bloom at the Farm Blue Moon at Sour Cherry Farm The Farm Gets New Plants… Read More →
Just a little over 2 pounds this year. Not nearly as good a year as 2013, when we got 6 pounds, but we’ll take it. Planning on making the same Red Currant Jelly as last year. I don’t see the reicpe here on SCF, so I’ll be sure to post… Read More →
What a sad, sad year. After last year’s nearly 20 quarts of sour cherries, we were lucky to get one small quart of cherries this year. (See Greg describing last year’s harverst in this post here.) Here is the lame, lame harvest: We think it was a cold snap that… Read More →
Sam is “helping.” Related posts: Samantha in Minnesota Sour Cherries, Ready for Harvest! Harvesting More Cherries at Sour Cherry Farm Garden Update: Sour Cherries, Blackberries, Currants, Asparagus, Alliums, Peonies, Irises, Columbine and More
Everything’s coming in at once now! Currants, blueberries, cherries! Blueberries ripening: The first round of blueberry harvest! Yum. Related posts: Greg Describes the Blueberry Harvest The First Blueberry Harvest of 2011 at Sour Cherry Farm Cocktail Recipe: Blueberry Caipirinhas Black Currants Harvest
The farm enjoyed its best harvest of black currants ever this year, with about 2 quarts. Our plan for the harvest: cassis! We will update as we make it. Previous black currant coverage here. And here on our archives. Related posts: Update on the Garden: Asparagus, Black Currants, Pears, Forget-Me-Nots and… Read More →
Sam and I headed to the nursery, thinking we were going to get a few annual to fill in where the daffodills had been along the front walkway. But when we got there, I started thinking: maybe we need to think bigger. Maybe we need a perennial. Or maybe we… Read More →
After supper, in the garden, enjoying the longest day of the year. Related posts: A Beautiful Sunset A Beautiful March Sunset A Beautiful Sunset Chicken Pot Pie on New Year’s Eve
Well, not really. But will a cordless electric mower do? Hunna is very happy. Related posts: New ‘Nick and Nora’ Cocktail Glasses at the Farm Halloween at the Farm Sunday at the Farm: Hot Dogs and Hydrangeas The Farm Gets New Plants
After our discovery of the joy of outdoor movies last summer, we began thinking about how to set up a permanent garden “room” for movie-watching. Our plan: install some speakers, and figure out a convenient surface to rest the projector. And for landscaping? Great-smelling flowers. If we’re going to be… Read More →
A look at a how a couple of beds we planted in the last year or two are developing. Quite nicely, I think! I had sort of thrown a few cast-offs after divisions last year, but the coreopsis looks quite nice with the purple columbine and the blue forget-me-nots. Some… Read More →
Why is it that choosing my annuals for the porch and patio pots is always such a conundrum? Every year I fret and waiver: should I get these? Which flowers? What color combinations? I know, I know: #firstworldproblems. Sam pulls the wagon at Rosedale. But you would think by… Read More →
Pretty flowers at the base of our big boulder. Related posts: Patio Update: The Rock Has Been Crushed Ugly Flowers Cocktail Spring at the Farm
Oh my! This is why we planted lilacs near the porch. The smell of them blooming has been such a treat. This one is called Syringa Bloomerang and it looks like it’s grown its full size of about four feet. We planted two varieties in 2010, and have only seen a… Read More →
A look at the front garden, where the lilacs are finally blooming! The first time since we planted them! Quince, daffodils, forget-me-nots: Daffodils: Flowering quince: Lilacs: Stump Lane’s flowering cherry: Pretty flowers: a And in the back, Kelly and Jack are taking down the shed that collasped under the winter… Read More →
They’re so pretty when they open up, aren’t they? And the knowledge that they’ll soon be a fruit makes them even more beautiuf. Related posts: Sour Cherry Blossoms! Blue Moon at Sour Cherry Farm The Sour Cherry Harvest The Sour Cherry Harvest!