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

February 9, 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). Click on the picture and it may open a larger version with more detail.


february sign and february access

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. I over-write this picture frequently throughout the month. Check out some of these blue links above including; roseraie a description of how we grow and sell roses and divide where I show pictures of Lilac propagation from division.

Lower field from an upstairs window on left and cold frame

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 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 and red door

I rent these two apartments surrounded by my business of growing roses and lilacs. My potting bench is beyond the red door where we can pass potted plants through sliding windows, the propagation box outdoors.

february snow storm

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.


drip line and cold box

Roses from drip line are now inside the cold box # 2 for the winter (so they wont be eaten by rabits, deer and mice) and lilacs that flowered last spring are on drip line. In March many of these Lilacs will be cut back and divided into one or 3 gallon pots so they may be more easily sold mail order. Curt usually shows up once a week and I take pictures of him doing the jobs I would be doing if I could still walk steady and my hands didn't shake so badly (so I take pictures, pot plants and tell everyone else what to do). Check my ROSERAIE page to see how we grow roses in spring and summer.

front and red door

We pot plants in the potting shed beyond the red door and stick cuttings in the propagation box just outside (I can pass cuttings I have stuck through the sliding windows and place them in the propagation box under mist in July, August and September).

On the left are lilacs that flowered last spring and have been placed on the drip lines where we previously had roses that are now in the cold box. In March some lilacs that have been clearly labeled will be cut back or divided. On the right is a picture of cold box #1 inside the cold frame.

january dripline, january espalier apple

Drip line in upper field after roses have been put in cold boxes for the winter.

Check my instock page to see more of these 4'x4' sections of cold box #2 shown on the left. On the right is a picture of the hybrid rugosa 'Schneekopp' planted next to the drip line.

Closed up cold box 1

december coldbox 12, december coldbox 13

cuttings complicata, cuttings ispahan

no price sticker yet and the 16 shows the cuttings were first planted in a one gallon 2016 and we usually dont sell them for a couple years.

cuttings roseraie de l'hay, cuttings henry hudson

Took a walk in back field with Don and took these pictures. Henry Hudson and Roseraie de l'Hay in ground that we will use to take cuttings from.