01 November 2013

On Callaway Road

Callaway Road (about a mile north of Pleasant Hill) is beautiful all year round. It's a dirt road through farm fields bordered by sumac in the foreground with the Adirondacks to the west and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east. But it's especially lovely once the sumac has fruited and the leaves have turned.

The view from Callaway Road, October 2013.

Abutilon theophrasti or velvetweed

A few years ago, B and I paid good money for a load of compost delivered by a local farmer. He dumped it at the top of the driveway, and we spent the next few months spreading it over all the gardens. As the summer progressed I saw all sorts of plants I'd never seen before. The compost was full of uncooked seeds, and we ended up pulling luscious, gigantic weeds by the thousands over the next two summers.

One of the new weeds took a liking to the bed down by the road. I let it go to seed a few times, the first time out of laziness, the second because I thought the seedpods were beautiful. I called it witchweed until I did a little research and determined it's Abutilon theophrasti. Kind of a nondescript plant when it's green and flowering (although the leaves really do feel velvety), but once the flowers go and the seeds develop: Wow.

Dehiscent velvetweed.

30 October 2013

Killing frost

Not having actually been at the house during the week, I'm going on what my neighbors tell me: We had a killing frost Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, October 16, 2013. Just for the record, and all that.

And, yes, it was a glorious bunch of dahlias.

11 May 2013

start me up

new labelmaker + new labels = happy gardener

23 March 2013

late winter odds and ends

Found a few ninebark labels in the garage
  • Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monio' or Diabolo Ninebark (planted closest to the house)
  • Physocarpus opulifolius 'Coppertina' (planted farthest from the house)
Map of Slate Hill Farm daylilies wintering in the vegetable garden:


Bit = 'Bitsy'; FH = 'Frans Hals'; GT = 'Gold Thimble'; KL = 'Kindly Light'; LN = 'Lady Neva'; PI = 'Princess Irene'

Happy to see our new Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' testing the bloomin' waters:


Dahlia tubers in basement:
  • 'Andries Orange'
  • 'Bloodstone'
  • 'Crazy Legs'
  • 'Duet'
  • 'Florinoor'
  • 'Golden Cloud'
  • 'Kelvin Floodlight'
  • 'Kogane Fubuki' 
  • 'Little Beeswings'
  • 'Lucky Number'
  • Sorensensii
  • 'Star Child'
  • 'Winsome'
Need to order 'Clair de Lune,' 'Giraffe,' 'Kaiser Wilhelm'