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Revitalizing the Garden After Boxwood Blight

Revitalizing the Garden After Boxwood Blight

Many gardeners are now becoming all too familiar with one of the diseases which affects Boxwood, called Boxwood blight. In addition to this, Boxwood, while  proving very useful and deer resistant for us here,  has many problems. Leaf miner, Psyllid, Winter burn, finicky reactions to pruning, are […]

Adding Seasonal Interest to Older Gardens

Adding Seasonal Interest to Older Gardens

Maintaining continued interest in a mature garden can be a difficult task, and one that requires evoking new ideas of being creative. Last year I visited Chanticleer, one of the most creative and spellbinding gardens in the country. Inspired and talented staff are constantly implementing […]

Ground Covers that Shine in Late Fall

Ground Covers that Shine in Late Fall

Helleborus Orientalis There are numerous shade and drought tolerant ground covers available which are also deer resistant. However, many of them are mundane and don’t change much with the seasons. Vinca minor (Myrtle) makes an attractive ground cover,  fits the above criteria, but often acts […]

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

While strolling the woodland paths of Sleepy Cat Farm, it is apparent to me now the importance of creating an understory layer to further enhance the experience of the garden.

Propagating Plants

Propagating Plants

One of the activities in our greenhouse during the Winter season is plant propagation. Plant propagation is the process of growing new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, and other plant parts. Many plants can be propagated from divisions, made by removing a section of the old plant. There often is not enough above ground material to create more than one new plant.

An Homage to Our Meyer Lemons

An Homage to Our Meyer Lemons

Horticulturist, Alan Gorkin acknowledges a mass ripening of Sleepy Cat Farm’s Meyer Lemon crop: One of my first assignments as Horticulturist at Sleepy Cat Farm, nearly 10 years ago, was to acquire 8 Meyer Lemon trees for Italian terra cotta urns that would adorn the […]

Ferns in Fall

Ferns in Fall

As the weather cools and plant processes begin to slow  down, many of us resign ourselves to the “wait until next year” philosophy to beautify those problem areas. I for one, am quite guilty of that.  Lately however, with all the rain we have had, I have […]

New Laying Hen Flock Arrives at Sleepy Cat Farm

New Laying Hen Flock Arrives at Sleepy Cat Farm

New laying Hen Flock arrives at Sleepy Cat Farm Our flock of laying hens was, for the most part, the original hens we purchased four years ago. Now over four years old, laying had dropped off significantly, but not appetites! We were able to find […]

Mid Summer at Sleepy Cat Farm

Mid Summer at Sleepy Cat Farm

Photo: Bottle Gourd Blossom Walking around the beautiful grounds of Sleepy Cat farm at sunrise is one of my favorite moments of the day. So many subtle things going on without worrying about accomplishing anything but enjoyment of the moment. The Gourd and Squash blossoms photographed […]

Magnolia Ashei Tree in Bloom

Magnolia Ashei Tree in Bloom

Sorry to put up two woody plant posts in a row, but our Magnolia tree is too pretty to pass up! Ashe magnolia is a small understory tree with the largest leaves and flowers of any North American tree. This Southern native has sweetly scented, thick […]