Crop 248 June 15 to 21 Issue of Flowering Shrub Farm Monthly All Picture Newsletters; January February March April May 1 to 15 May 16 to 31 June 1 to 7 June 8 to 14 June 15 to 21 June 22 to 30 July August September October November December We propagate and grow for mail-order many hard to obtain roses, lilacs, blueberry bushes, rhododendrons or azaleas and report how we are doing to potential customers via these monthly newsletters (larger plants are usually available for pickup during our plant sale). Click on the picture and it may open a larger version with more detail. Reload this page in case your computer has it cached. 09:52

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For the three months May, June and July we are selling lilacs, roses and more. The newsletter I am working on this month is at www.floweringshrubfarm.com/garden.htm and includes a link to "what we do and when we do it". The pictures below are probably from previous years unless they have been recently over-written.

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My nursery is in the middle of Voorheesville, NY surrounded by local residences so we propagate and grow plants that are very disease resistant, washing insects from their leaves with water. I propagate and grow plants from my catalogs that my customers have requested, are locally hardy and disease resistant. We sell 2 year old plants in one gallon pots mail order and if they dont sell gradually repot into larger containers that at first we may use as a source of cuttings but later may sell from the nursery. Once plants are 2 years old and have been identified from the flower, I will attach a price sticker to the side of the pot that is easily seen in a picture.

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On the left you see Roses that we will use as a source of cuttings in July, August and September placed on drip line in the field. On the right you see a picture of all the plants that are two years old as these will be the ones we sell if they flower proving what variety they are (there is always a certain level of anxiety on my part over how I could have screwed up on the labeling and the flowers blooming will solve that). Once they are clearly identified from the flower I stick a price label to the side of the pot that should be easily seen if you click for a larger image.

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The red rose on the right is probably 'Tuscany' but I wont be sure until I have watched it fade to see if its a Tuscany Superb. These are in 3 gallon pots and will probably be divided this winter.

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When I cant identify it I describe it. Maybe you can help although in this case the pink one is the apothecarys rose.

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When the gallicas are ready to have cuttings taken I'll stick 8 here at the flowering shrub farm and then prune these bushes sending the prunings to the greenhouse.

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I'll set up a page for unidentified red roses alone then have identified ones at the top to compare with. When I take alba cuttings they will include semi-plena, maxima, great maidens blush, konigin von danemark and all mixed together (if I cant identify them later they will be labeled as a pink alba or a white).

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Our central table with the spray tube on top is used as a pot in pot winter storage for the roses we take cuttings from that are lined up to the right just now. We stool layer Harisons Yellow by burying the potted plant to its rim and cutting back to produce this years growth near soil level. In August I will wound the new growth, dust with hormone, and bury the wounded stems in moist sand with mulch on top. Next year we will dig down to the rim of the pot looking for rooted stems that we can sever and transplant.

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Alain blanchard has blue mottled petals and the flower opened several days before the other so it doesn't show a completely accurate comparison. The Apothecarys Rose is a really good comparison with La belle sultane also called Violetta.

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Compareing Camieux to Rosa mundi and Fantin Latour to Ispahan. I will redo them soon maybe because the fantin latour being in the background and the Rosa mundi starting to fall apart maybe I can do better (these pictures are from roses we use for propagation only which is why there is no yellow label).

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When I send 20 pinxterbloom Azalea plugs ($5 each) by mail we place 5 in each ziplock bag and send them in a medium sized flat rate priority box from the post office across the street. This is 20 times $5 = $100 + 8% tax or $8 and $12 postage = $120 in a check made out to Azalea House and sent to PO Box 49, Voorheesville, NY 12186. Include a self addressed package label that I can stick on and that will get this package delivered by the post office to the address you want.

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Customers always take the best trained plants leaving plants behind that turn out to be much more interestingly shaped. We insert our 7 gallon espalier trained fruit trees into 45 gallon pots surrounded with compost. Click on the picture for a larger image you can save as wallpaper and our training method becomes obvious but a quick explanation follows.

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Whips are planted with their graft even with the rim of the pot and we cut them while still dormant in early spring eighteen inches above the graft. We use 4 and 6 foot long pieces of bamboo as wires tieing them to 2x2 treated stakes. Two branches are trained to a V shape and a single verticle stem in the middle, all other growth is removed by being rubbed away with my thumb.

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In the fall the V trained branches will be lowered and tied to the lowest piece of bamboo. In later years this procedure can be repeated to train a horizontal T, verticle growth on the lower branches are cut back to 3 nodes and later 2 to form fruiting spurs. The cherry trees will be trained to multiple verticle cordon by allowing several verticles to grow from each of the lowest arms.

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During the growing season I copy and paste the pictures on this page to another. I will then over-write last years pictures with this years and add comments concerning availability and price between the pictures (if you reload this page you will get to see some of the pictures). Then I will send to all my subscribers probably by the tenth of the month a link to the new page. If you wish to subscribe to my free picture-newsletter just email me.

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About the ALL-PICTURE-NEWSLETTER by andyvancleve

Flowering Shrub Farm Monthly All Picture Newsletters; January February March April May 6 to 16 May 20 to 31 June 4 to 7 June 8 to 9 June 11 to 13 June 16 to 25 July August September October November December

Potential Customers subscribe. Each month I send them the latest email link to the newsletter, information as to what is blooming and sometimes an update telling them when I am open.

During the growing season I copy and paste the pictures on this page to another. I will then over-write last years pictures with this years and add comments concerning availability and price between the pictures (if you reload this page you will get to see some of the pictures). Then I will send to all my subscribers probably by the tenth of the month a link to the new page. If you wish to subscribe to my free picture-newsletter just email me.

When they see something they like they come buy it in bloom.

We grow plants to sell at our plant sale. Read my notes on the zone hardiness numbers I use. Do we do mail order? Check my picture-newsletter Want to purchase? email me.