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Sleepy Cat Farm Virtual Tour

Sleepy Cat Farm Virtual Tour

Like many others, we’ve had to cancel our Open Garden Conservancy Tours. While we are saddened we won’t be able to greet you all in person and guide you through our garden, it is our pleasure to bring you a compilation of photos from tours 

Viburnum

Viburnum

I would like to begin this post with a mention of a  Horticulturist, the late Jim Cross, who started a wholesale nursery on Long Island called Environmentals back in the 70’s. Jim was one of those people who  was so passionate about plants that he 

Propagating Native Wildflowers

Propagating Native Wildflowers

Sleepy Cat Farm has been building its stock of native wildflower ephemerals the past few years to create an early layer of not only interest, but nectar sources for both native pollinators and domesticated honey bees.

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