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.
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.
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 […]
Narcissus ‘Hawera’ This past Fall we forced bulbs in plastic pots by burying them in a leaf covered trench — (see blog post “Fall Happenings at Sleepy Cat Farm”). Here are some of the results: Narcissus ‘Hawera’, a wonderfully fragrant and bright, greenish yellow miniature […]
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 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 […]
Peter ” Pete ” Mauerman is the new Assistant Horticulturist at Sleepy Cat Farm. Peter has over eight years of experience in the field at several firms, as well as full scale farm operations. While in the industry, he has developed skills in plant breeding, aquaculture, aeroponics […]
While cutting back the old spent foliage of Hellebores, I came across an Aesculus fruit (Horse Chestnut) which had germinated. Most hardy woody plants have a safety mechanism which requires seeds to be moist and chilled for several months. After satisfying this dormancy requirement, they […]