Garden Spotlight

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 […]

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 […]

Bigonia Capriolata

Bigonia Capriolata

Bignonia capreolata Athens – Photo courtesy of Brushwood Nursery, Clematis Specialists Bignonia capreolata, also known as cross vine, is currently blooming in our shaded back service area now. I had not seen this vine blooming in my nearly ten years at Sleepy Cat Farm! Cross […]

Musings of Spring

Musings of Spring

This has been one of the most unusual Springs I can remember. Taken as a whole, the weather has been rather cool and wet, which has set back planting tender annuals by a couple of weeks. Luckily we have been able to utilize the greenhouse to […]

Freshly Harvested Ramps

Freshly Harvested Ramps

Ramps, or wild leeks (Allium tricoccum), were once relegated to growing in the wild, but this springtime vegetable is being grown in more and more vegetable gardens. They have a flavor that blends Spring onions and garlic. Ramps are delicious eaten on their own, pickled, […]

The First Azalea’s Blooming at Sleepy Cat Farm

The First Azalea’s Blooming at Sleepy Cat Farm

The first Azalea to bloom at Sleepy Cat Farm is the Rhododendron dauricum f. “album” – a pure white Azalea (Rhododendron ssp), that grows 5-8 feet tall and thrives in our shaded woodland. For most of the Winter, it appears as a leggy plant with […]