Crop 251 June 1 to 7 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. 14:58

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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 . The pictures below are probably from previous years unless they have been recently over-written.


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Cleaning up the cold frame by throwing dead plants in pots off to the left. The picture on the riight shows some of the red moss roses we still have remember we only sell those that have price stickers on (received an email asking about availability of 'Henri Martin' red moss roses so I went and took a picture). At some point curt will pick up the deaders, empty the soil to be used in winter to insulate around pot-in-pot and stack the old pots for recycle.

Our mist propagation bench where we stick cuttings in July, August and September (this one will hold around 1000 cuttings). Whenever I find viable cuttings (thick as a pencil, 6 inches long or longer, 6 nodes; two for below soil for roots and four above for leaves) I stick them four to each one gallon pot with the variety name and date stuck noted on the side of the pot and place them in my propagation box. As I pot them, before I put them inside, I'll take a picture to include in the newsletter (watch for them).

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I visit this newsletter almost every day to rewrite what I wrote yesterday, add a couple pictures taken in the nursery or to edit one of the main pages linked above to make it easier for someone to access information. People who are interested in the plants we grow send an email with their phone number and a list of the plants they want. I reply with a link to this page or others linked above then go and edit the pages so that they can find the requested information (later I'll call you back by phone so give me an idea of what time zone your in).

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Two inch rooted cuttings are potted, placed in sink and watered. The label should have the year first potted and some indication of what variety they might be (these numbers indicate they may be La belle sultane or ispahan). Once they flower we'll know for sure.

pots out and coldframe

Placed outside through a window that slides open, then transported back into the cold frame where its easy to water. The foliage on the trees overhead will be further reduced so plants can continue to get 5 or 6 hours of sun each day but not so much that we have to increase watering.

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June 14 shows an apothecarys rose in bloom already with price sticker attached to the yellow label and the City of York mixed cuttings from last year (these may turn out to be City of York but I dont believe I took that many cuttings from that one variety so when they flower we may know).

june 17 and rugosa alba and rubra mixed until they flower and may be seperated.

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This four seasons autumn damask rose is blooming in the upper field on drip line that we will use as a source of cuttings in July, august and september. The la belle sultane in one gallons is a mix of several varieties taken in front at 40 Voorheesville and may include la belle sultane, ispahan and great maidens blush.

Dr Eckener and New Dawn

Only the ones with a price sticker on the label are likely to be for sale if they are one or two years old. If you ask me in an email for the availability for a variety I will probably go and take a picture like the above. On the other hand if I'm sold out these pictures will probably show cuttings of this variety that have been stuck in the mist propagation bench.

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These roses in 45 gallon like this Celestial alba and the gallica rose Cardinal de Richelieu will be used as a source of cuttings that I take in July, August and September. In June I am potting rooted cuttings in two inch pots taken last year.

Celsiana damask and Rotesmeer rugosa

More roses blooming on drip line in the upper field that we will use as a source of cuttings.

Comte de chambord? and four seasons

Great Maidens Blush and Surpasse Tout

konigin von danemark and pink grootendorst

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I take these pictures, add them to the newsletter then comment over the next several days while editing the pictures. Look for flowering plants among the one gallons. Its quite cool and though there are plenty of buds we will have to wait and see if they will open.

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All roses hardy to zone 3 will have one or more growing into these 45 gallon pots on drip line that we will take cuttings from in July and August. As plants flower I will over-write these until I get good pictures with flowers on. Then in July I will show plants that have faded flowers that we will take as cuttings.

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Initially plants we plan to take cuttings from are planted in 7 gallon grip lip pots on drip line (then in winter they can be stored pot in pot), later when they are well rooted we may pot them into a 45 gallon gallon or plant them in the ground. When I find out there is greater demand I ramp up my production rate by planting many own root plants that I have propagated into these 45's. Slightly less hardy plants will also be planted in 45's that are however buried in a hillside but still under drip line.

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I have purchased aound 750 lowbushblueberry plants (V. angustifolium?) . If you want any in a 2 inch pot I'll be selling them for $5 each (go to this blueberry link to see pictures of lowbush with berries on, fall foliage and as they will appear when they first arrive). Send me your name, address and phone number to be added to the list (if I dont get enough requests to sell a couple hundred plants when they come in I may cancel the order).

in back and june 18

Sold to Susie P. on June 24 $15+$15+20=$50 made out to Azalea House and sent to PO Box 49, Voorheesville, NY 12186. The number on the side starts with the year first potted in the one gallon (13 is 2013 and 14 is 2014). Yellowing of the leaves was caused by letting them get a bit to dry so they wilted, then when they were watered again those leaf parts turned yellow.

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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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Hybrid rugosa 'Wasagaming'.

The newsletter I am working on this month is at