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Garden Update

The garden is coming into its own. Columbine! Currants: Patio bees. Ferns. Peonies. Related posts: Update on the Garden: Asparagus, Black Currants, Pears, Forget-Me-Nots and Purple Hyacinth Update on the Garden: Coreopsis, Columbine, Bleeding Heart, Ninebark Garden Update: Columbine, Peonies, […]

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Garden Update: Columbine, Peonies, Bees!

That columbine loves to reseed, doesn’t it? It’s loving where it lives near the pear tree. A little more over here by the driveway, too. And here’s where we moved our split. Since I am writing this post much later, […]

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Cardinals!

We have a family of cardinals nesting in our yard this spring. Daddy Cardinal likes our seed cake! Related posts: Of Cardinals and Street Fairs and Gardens and Such Planting Bulbs at SCF The Galette That Launched an Instagram Frenzy […]

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Spring Garden at Sour Cherry Farm

Happy spring! The bulbs we planted last fall have really turned out great. And today, it was warm enough to plant a few pots, too. Here’s a look around the garden. An overview from the stair landing on the second […]

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Blueberries and Bumblebees

Just a couple shots from the front-yard garden this morning. The garlic is sprouting nicely, and the bumblebees are helping our blueberries along. Happy spring!     Related posts: Samantha Picks Blueberries Update on the Fields: Blueberries, Basil, Geraniums and Jasmine […]

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Porch Season Opener

We christened porch season with a gin and tonic. And why not! The weather was warm enough — at least until the sun went down! A quick, but enjoyable, opening. Cheers! Related posts: The Porch Season Has Begun! Porch Opener: […]

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Daffodils, Pears and Hyacinths!

The bulb planting we did in the fall is certainly paying off. The daffodils are out in full force, bringing more color to the back yard than we’ve ever had before.   It’s such a pleasure to look out the […]

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April Showers

Those April showers are a little gloomy, but the bulbs peeking out are bring a brightnes to a dreary day. I’m so happy we planted them. Related posts: Random Pics from April 25 Planting Bulbs at SCF Our First Lilac […]

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The First Daffodils of Spring

The first daffodils of the year! These little Tete a Tete daffodils are just brightening our first days of spring! Related posts: Spring at the Farm: Quince, Crocus, Daffodils and the Planting of Sweet Peas Update on the Garden: Lilacs, […]

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Winter Sunset

One worth admiring. Related posts: On the Longest Day of the Year, Rosé and a Beautiful Sunset What a Sunset Gorgeous Sunset A Beautiful Sunset

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Snow at the Farm

We haven’t had too much snow this year — save for the big one a few weeks ago — so this dusting was actually sort of pleasant. The birds are happy to find the suet in the pear tree, that’s […]

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The Blizzard of January, 2016

Well, it finally came. This warm, snow-less winter came to a screeching halt Saturday morning.  Luckily, we were prepared, and had Joan Nathan’s Brisket recipe at our fingertips.  And a new (used) snowblower in the garage: The snow settled in […]

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Chickadee!

We’re getting lots of chickadees and woodpeckers on our suet feeder outside the big kitchen window. It’s such a pleasure seeing them every morning. Related posts: Sunday Morning Play Sunrise at the Farm Post Labor Day G&T (With a Gin […]

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Spring in December

Things are sprouting that should not be sprouting. Here are all the spring flowers I saw on my walk today, starting with the chervil in our very own garden: Coneflower buds: ‘ Dianthus: Sedum buds: Daisies: Vinca: Kind of outrageous, […]

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The Birds

A bizarre flock of birds taking rest in the trees above our walk around the JN building today. Noting the beauty. Related posts: A Pinecone Project Patio Update: The Rock Has Been Crushed Roast Chicken with Thyme, Lemon and Rosemary […]

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Planting Bulbs in the Back Yard

Every spring, I look out at the brown, bare orchards and say to myself: Why, oh why didn’t we plant bulbs last fall? Well, we’ve been at the farm for more than 13 years now, and it’s finally happened. Longtime […]

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We Have a Winner Watermelon!

The harvest complete, and we have great news. The watermelon was a big success! Red, sweet, juicy and delicious! Related posts: The Watermelon Harvest Watermelon-Basil Mojitos Michael Symon’s Watermelon and Halloumi Recipe: Watermelon-Peach-Tomato Salad with Chili and Lime

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Flushing the Fire Hydrant

Here’s something you don’t see that often. Sam was pretty fascinated. Related posts: First Fire of the Season at SCF Porch Opener: Sidecars Outside, Then a Fire Fire on the Mountain Sidecars by the Fire

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The Watermelon Harvest

I want it on the record that watermelons were planted without my consultation. I would not have planted a vine that needs more room to grow than we even have in our entire front yard. That being said, the joy […]

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Pear Harvest: It’s a Good Year

It’s been a very good year for our Anjou pear tree. We’ve been picking pears and eating them out of hand nearly every day since mid-September. Today, we’re taking a bunch of pears that fell off a little unripe, but […]

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The Porch Is Done!

What a project! But it came out just beautifully. We are thankful.   Related posts: Porch Project: Removing the Carpet Porch Project 2015 Porch Project: More Paint Scraping Porch Update: Look at That Floor!

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Porch Update: Look at That Floor!

Nearly done now! All the paint and stain is off! We just need to seal it with Thompson’s Water Seal and we are done! Related posts: Porch Project: Black Tar and Some Paint Removed Porch Project: More Paint Scraping Porch […]

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Cosmos at Night

Maybe it’s the wine talking, but I thought this looked kind of cool. Related posts: Update on the Garden: Phlox, Cosmos, Crocosmia, Coneflowers! Garden Update: Cosmos, Hydrangea Garden Update: Coneflowers, Cosmos, Blackberries and Butterfly Bushes Update on the Garden: Phlox, […]

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Porch Project: More Paint Scraping

Day 2 for Chris. More scraping. Lots of hard work. By the end of the day, he got it down to the last layer, which was stain. We’ll move on to sanding next. Related posts: Porch Project: Black Tar and […]

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Porch Project: Black Tar and Some Paint Removed

An update. Chris spent most of the day scraping with Back To Nature Multi-Strip Paint Remover. He started with Goof Off, but it didn’t do much. (Don’t you love his don’t-mess-with-me radio!) Sticky, nasty, hard work. The longer it sits, […]

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Porch Project: Removing the Carpet

This Labor Day week off, I am working on (and supervising work on) getting the porch floor in shape. It’s going to be a long haul. If you recall, we had an unfortunate accident in June: the hose sprung a […]

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Porch Project 2015

It started out innocently enough. We asked each other, “Who spilled something on the floor?” After a couple days, it still wasn’t drying, so we got the fan out and tried that.   The rug was soaked through and the […]