Monday, November 4, 2013

Making Apple Cider

We made apple cider Sunday afternoon with Wealthy and Northern Spy (we think) apples

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Earthworms ruining plants

Yesterday afternoon, while I was repotting small crabapples in the nursery, I noticed more evidence of earthworm depredation.  They had eaten many of the small roots or perhaps had eaten mycorrhizal (sp?) matter- in any case, the plants just pulled right out of the ground.

For the past 10 years we've been noticing some plants just pulling out the pots in the nursery with all the roots gone and I came to suspect earthworms sort of trapped in the pots with nowhere to go as they were on gravel- I figured that when they finished eating dead vegetable matter maybe they sweitched to roots.  This has been wuite a problem with Heuchera and Tiarella- also I've noticed it with some Astilbe and Epimedium.  When we visited Don Avery at Cady's Falls Nursery, he told us that Austarlian Jumping Worms (the worst kind) had eating roots of his Cypripediums to the extent that it killed them and these were in the ground.  He showed us areas where there were many many worm castings.  I noticed Monday, weeding at my house in my beds, where I have incorperated much organic matter over the 20 years I've been there, some of the plants - namely a Thalictrum just pulled right out of the ground when I was cutting off the dead stems and roots were gone (eaten by earthworms).

It is only very recently (this week) that I have started to worry about this.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Berberis koreana: Korean Barberry

Korean Barberry is one of the most beautiful Berberis and it's not invasive.  The fall color is excellent and the fruits are nice.  Also, it has showy yellow flowers on gracefully arching branches in the spring.  It is stoloniferous so suckers keep coming up which enable easy propagation.  I have had mine for ten or fifteen years and have never yet seen seedlings.  It is possible that since I only have one, it would seed as the other barberries do if I had more than one clone but I have had no problem as yet.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cady's Falls Nursery

Kevin and I went to my favorite nursery in Vermont yesterday to get some more interesting plants but mostly to visit with Don Avery and see their wonderful nursery and gardens. It was a field trip.  A few flowers are still blooming: asters, some phlox, gentains, the latest Alliums ('Ozawa').  If you have never been there, it is quite a treat- there are all sorts of sculptures here and there (not too many)- the Averys have very good taste.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Recent flower arrangements

I think Terry Lemieux just taught me how to put photos on my blog. If it works, here are some of the flower arrangements I did this summer for the West Newbury Church, where I go. The white flowers are various cultivars of Hydrangea paniculata and Cimicifuga ramosa 'Atropurpurea', the pale lavender sprays are wild Asters and the yellow are Rudbeckias.  This year I started using a large soup tureen from my grandparents' farm as a vase because I don't think it looks valuable and we don't lock the church.

Photographs from North Hill

These photos were from my vacation the last week of August and the first week of September.  It would have been August 30th. See my previous blog  about this.