With so many obstacles—deer, groundhogs, rabbits, bears, cold long winter, unpredictable weather—gardening in the Catskills is not a piece of cake. But with a little perseverance and patience, the rewards are spectacular!
To make a praire it takes a clover and one bee.
One clover, and a bee.
The revery alone will do,
if bees are few.
Dandelions are among the first sips of spring available to our bee friends, and largely set the tone for how the season will go. No dandelions, no bees, no pollination, no garden.
Wait for these guys to go to seed before mowing or pulling, the bees will thank you by energetically pollinating your garden and giving you a bountiful harvest. 🙏👌
Got a SHAGGY HEART? Trim & clean that baby up. There’s only 3 weeks left for that “Summer Romance”. Get with it. #topiary #topiarygarden #heartsabound #showyourlove #catskillgardens #foodforthought True...
May Day! Thanks to barnett.eva and lebretteur for preparing the beds, turning the compost, and lighting the way. Looking forward to new growth. Some #catmint and #columbine are up. New surprises to come from wildyarrowfarm
I can’t really take much credit for this but sometimes when I go to our front door I am just awed; actually, it would be quite different without years of tweaking and stewardship but nature gets the real kudos.
The marvelous Andes Garden Tour takes place on August 6th this year.
The tour is a fundraiser for the Andes Public Library and a chance for rookie (and seasoned) gardeners to get tips and inspiration on cultivating in the Catskills.
Call into the library the morning of the event to purchase a tour map.
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We did a huge project last year with many walls, paths, steps and naturalistic plantings. We are not taking care of this property so I don't get opportunities to photograph it. I stopped by on a whim on the last day of September in the middle of the day and took a bunch of photos. There is so much going on and it is hard to capture. I was so excited see it looking so spiffy.
this is year 4 for this meadow-ish experiment. we used all plugs or divisions (no seeding) and planted it in some crappy top soil. it has still not filled in to my satisfaction and reseeding seems to be slow, however if the f-ing critters didn't wreak so much havoc, it would look a whole lot better; of course, the photos were taken to make it look its best!! every time I try something in this style is a scary and daunting task.
The Annual Andes Library Benefit Garden Tour is this Saturday, 8/6 between 11 and 4. Garden tours are that greatest way to spend a day exploring different neighborhoods, seeing people's properties and some varied and beautiful gardens. This tour has some new gardens this year and some that I am very excited to visit. A couple I have been admiring from the road for years.
Go the Andes Library in the heart of the village to make your donation and pick up your map. Be sure to come see me at my garden. Coming to my garden first would be a great start.
we are still maintaining and tweaking this expansive project that was installed beginning in 2011; I was playing with some before and after, google earth shots, my design drawings, and drone shots; it is the only example project I have with all of these views. It is amazing to me to see how close the design is to the results from above and it is so cool to watch the transformation over decade.
The orchestration of summer is building its tempo. Wildflowers, perennials, the Dahlia tubers I kept safe in a cooler all winter and the sunflowers I sowed in March all work together now, supporting the bees hummingbirds and butterflies. It’s such a sense of joy to look over what I’ve so carefully tended....
Scenes from the garden. Every year the plants put on a different show with many of the same characters while new stars emerge… the veg garden is prepped and planned for a tightly packed cohabitation of greens, cucumbers, tomatillos, corn, squash beans, and of course tomatoes. Then any inch not filled will have flowers. The Chestnut tree blooms at the stream looking like some fantastical planet earth we live on.
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He-Shed project almost complete!! But I can't wait to show our piece of hillbilly heaven here in the Catskills.
I still have to paint....deciding if I should stain the deck...hmm? Take up banjo playing?
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