GARDEN ALL PICTURE NEWSLETTER by Andrew G. Van Cleve at the flowering shrub farm.

March 23, 2017

I change the days date to the current one whenever I edit this page or add new pictures (bookmark this page so you can revisit each week to see what we have added). Links at bottom of page. Click on the picture and it may open a larger version with more detail.

Tried to check the poison baits in the cold frame on March 23 and they were frozen shut. Maybe next week.

Cutting back lilacs that flowered last year but no one bought at plant sale, were identified and labeled with an individually numbered yellow label with the variety name painted on it. Once the snow is gone we will feed them all with rose tone and divide some of them.

march17 and March 19

We had one last big snow in March. Its keeping us out of the fields for now. I am replying to many emails in my answer page.

Cutting back lilacs we have at this time on drip line. Individually numbered yellow labels, that we printed the variety name on last year when the lilac flowered, are moved down to the base of the stems as they are cut back to just above the drip line (price stickers are on the side of the pot). Those that are cut back will be easy to sell mail order before they respond by producing a thicket of upright stems so its easier to divide them or sell them in larger pots for more money.

In Winter roses are stored in the cold box so they dont get nibbled on by rabbits, mice or deer. In March or April they are taken from the box, placed on drip line and fertilized with Rose Tone. Right now space on drip lines is taken by Lilacs that will be removed sometime soon.

Mme Lemoine Lilac on left and Hybrid rugosa 'Blanc Double De Coubert' on right. In March many Lilacs that flowered last year and were identified with a label and price sticker will get cut back so that when they grow back they will be multi-stemmed. The Hybrid rugosa is in a 45 gallon pot and we will take cuttings from it sometime this year.

Checking poison baits in cold box 1.

Pot in pot on left where we store many roses that we take cuttings from with their roots surrounded with mulch. Beyond the red door we pot up plants and pass them through the sliding windows.

Snow drops on left may indicate how close to spring we are by comparing with snow drops in past years. This 'Roseraie de l'Hay' planted in the ground will be used as a source of cuttings once its a bit bigger.

Ispahan roses in cold box

February 28, 2017

Took this picture on left looking up in the field on February 24 not yet safe to go examine the plants (note date picture was taken in lower right hand corner of picture). We watch for easy non slippery access into the fields without having to shovel the snow so we can go up and work on plants (maybe next week when Curt is here). The picture on the right with all the snow was taken on the 9th.

Lilac corner and lilac growth

I take pictures of lilac buds in spring to show how far along they are.

Two Pleasant Street and Cabbage Rose

In back are the fields with drip lines for the thousands of roses and lilacs we are growing. On the right above is a 'Cabbage Rose' cutting I planted in front of two pleasant during 2015. We mulch every year with composted manure but you see it here with the soil disturbed from having gravel thrown up by the plow in winter.

Cold frame & Lower field from an upstairs window

In the cold frame roses are stored in a cold box on the left that prevents mice and rabits from chewing on the stems (poison baits are inside and the box keeps pets out). I try to take a few pictures every week during the winter when curt shows up to help.

front porch

I rent these two apartments surrounded by my business of growing roses and lilacs.

february snow storm

email from Peg february 20 about a Nadezhda Lilac she would like me to send her bare root in CA

Scott M sent email feb 17 asking about availability of several varieties of rose that I wont know if we have until plants on drip line flower in June.

Steve A wants a Mme Legras de St Germain as of feb 12

Adele S roses as of 2/9

Jamie P is interested in Lilacs feb 6

Cindy P wants Roseraie de l'Hay feb 6

Derrin H wants Pauls Himalayan Musk feb 3

Natalia S wants Damask roses ispahan, Leda and Mme hardy on Jan 29

January 31, 2017

january front of house and january krasavitsa moskvy

We grow lilacs on drip line for several years until they flower so we can verify the variety from the flower (then we paint the variety name on the side of the pot and attach a yellow locking label with an abreviation of the name). Then we cut them back and place in a larger pot so that they will grow back with multiple stems.

january ispahan and january la belle sultane

Roses that are dependably hardy in Voorheesville to zone 3 or zone 4 may be potted into a 45 gallon pot as a source of cuttings.

january lilacs to divide and the farm

I am working on my Roseraie page linked above describing how we propagate, grow and sell roses.

january cut back last year and james macfarlane

These Lilacs that were cut back last year in March 2016 and may be divided and repotted this year. These james macfarlane are being planted in a mass we can divide one out occasionally if needed.

Cold box 2 and cell 1 (coldbox21) inside

In winter 1, 2 and 3 gallon roses are stored inside cold boxes to protect the roses from being eaten by deer, mice or rabits.

coldbox 22 and coldbox 23

The number in the center of each cell allows me to find a variety, and take a picture with that number in a corner of the picture locating it nicely.

coldbox 24 and coldbox 25

cold box 1 in the cold frame and Charles Joly Lilacs in the field that we will cut back and maybe divide in order to double the quantity. Divided Lilacs will be potted in 3 gallon pots and half at least will be returned to the field and not sold.

january lilac corner, january red door

Large Lilacs in 45 gallon pots are being located in a corner of the property (these may or may not be for sale). Potting shed has red door where we pot plants or stick cuttings at benches behind those sliding windows that we can open to transport plants out to drip lines in the field or to a misting bench. Check my instock page where I will add links to varieties with price stickers on as those varieties flower.

january cold frame, january pot in pot

Cold box on left has been closed for winter with poison baits inside. Roses in 7 gallon pots that we will use to take cuttings from, are stored pot in pot for winter surrounded by mulch.

january top dress,

We top dress each rose burried in the ground with two inches thick of moo doo (composted cow manure) to mulch soil. In spring we will wash it into the soil.

In winter lower field and january 03

I take these top pictures in Winter from the second floor of our house so I dont have to go slipping and sliding around on the snow and ice. Additional pictures below are taken when I have access and someone to accompany me in case I fall down. Click the picture for a larger image.


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