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Newsletter 2021





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  The Chicken Report 



                                                                 Travelling Coop With Ramp            

New baby chicks were shipped via U.S. Mail on April 29, 2019. The following are the breed varieties we received ;

Pearl White Leghorn, New Hampshire Red, Black Star, Red Star, Whiting True Blue, Whiting True Green. ( Layers of green and blue tinted eggs).

 We select our breed of chickens based on productivity, mild and friendly temperment, winter hardiness and winter egg laying habits, smaller breeds that require a little less food, yet are good egg producers. We also look for pretty chickens in a variety of colors and feather patterns. Our older ladies, or as Roberta calls them, our grand dames, are of the following breeds;

White Plymouth Rock- a white feathered chicken with bright red combs and yellow legs. Brown eggs.

Red Star- a smallish reddish/brown hen of friendly demeanor and strong egg production. (sex linked chicken, meaning all the female chicks are brown feathered). Brown eggs.

Silver Laced Wyandotte-  silvery white feathers edged in black. Brown eggs.

Pearl White Leghorn- quite small chickens with pure white feathers, prodigious producers of white eggs.

Single Comb Brown Leghorn- another small chicken, lays lots of white eggs. 

This combined flock of our older and newer chickens is our friendliest and most productive. They are both handsome and silly and embody everything that is lovable about chickens.

 .New Hampshire Red and Cuckoo Maran sharing a nest


                                                         GARDENS AND GARLIC

                                                             Great Bulbs of Garlic

 Last summer's harvest was both the most numerous in terms of number of bulbs, and largest in terms of the size of the bulbs. We sold some, gifted some, replanted the new garlic bed, and still have been enjoying the flavor in our food all year. We moved the bed again this in 2019,  just to the North of the Rose and Daylily enclosure. It's all mulched in with straw and the Garlic shoots were over a foot tall as of April.

                     Garlic Curing in the Barn, July 2016                                                Garlic Clove


A new crop for us! These multiplying, or Potato Onions, are grown in a similar fashion as Garlic. They are planted in the fall as individual bulbs, and harvested in early summer, usually 3-5 new bulbs for each one planted. They are small  and sweet.

                                               FIG TREES

                                           Fig Leaves and Fruit 

We've planted one each of our dozen varieties in the Fig Plantation. This will give us the chance to evaluate growth habits, hardiness, and importantly, flavor. Figs grow quickly, so hopefully there will be some crops to harvest soon.

Following several many years of searching, we finally have a trove of Fig Tree varieties. Our propagation has gone well and we have assured a good supply for the future.We can  now offer 12 distinct varieties of deliciousness. See the Fig Tree page for varieties and descriptions.

                                                          NEWS OF OUR CHILDREN

Eric has settled in nicely at his teaching career, he's now an Associate Professor, and likes his students and colleagues quite a bit. Eric's first book was published by Cambridge University Press 3 years ago. " English Alliterative Verse, Poetic Tradition and Literary History ". We have a copy he gave us, and someday hope to somehow understand some of it. His second book is due to be published this summer, we think.  Again we can only vaguely determine what it is about.

Eric's second book , " Meter and Modernity in English Verse, 1350- 1650, has been released by University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021.

Eric's Book

Sofia is mid way through her third and final year of Medical Residency. Somehow she survives and thrives on the extremely long hours and difficult responsibilities. One patient asked if she worked only 3 days a week, Sofia laughed and replied that she had 13 days to go before her next day off.

Eric and Sofia, 1st Anniversary                   

 Carl is living in the Pacific Northwest, Portland Oregon. We saw him as he came East for Lili visiting. He is his ever interesting self; music, visual arts, and penetrating philosophical concepts. He seems to be enjoying his work at a company involved in recycling plastics. He might be found using a clipboard, a forklift, or a computer. Multifarious is our Carl.

                                                                        Carl at Christmas in Brooklyn


Lili is our new Granddaughter, 7 months old as of March 2020. She couldn't be any cuter or any happier.


                                                                     NEW PLANTS

.For this season we are adding almost 2 dozen plant varieties that are new or will reappear on our list. Some of the highlights are:

Achillea Little Moonshine - just like it's big sister Moonshine, silver deer resistant foliage, long blooming yellow summer flowers, but only half as tall and wide.

Aster Snowflurry-  Native Aster, low growing almost Juniper like foliage, profuse small white fall flowers.

Anemone Wild Swan- We had some last year to try them, a delicate nodding white flower with a lilac purple reverse, and unlike fall blooming Anemone, began blooming in early summer.

New Hardy Succulents- Sempervivum Peggy-  red/purple evergreen foliage, a great Hens & Chicks.

Very new and stunning, Sedum Atlantis is one we can't wait to grow this season.


We're very happy with our expanded shrub offerings, and have added to that range for this season. One of our new favorites is Viburnum Summer Snowflake. It is a fast grower, eventually 5'-6'. The dogwood-like flowers are white and borne profusely all season. The fall color is maroon and the form of the plant is bushy in sun or light shade.


Verbena bonariensis- 3'-4', small purple flowers atop slender stems bloom from late spring through the final freeze, attracting butterflies of all descriptions and the occassional hummimngbird, as well as Goldfinches, who seem to pose with the complementary purple flowers.

Verbena bonariensis  

Buddlea Miss Molly- Butterfly Bush, compact at 4'-5', a brilliant nearly red flower, profuse and consistently in flower until late fall's frosts.

Buddlea Miss Molly 

Succulents- We've been expanding our selection of non-cold hardy succulents that we grow. The diverse interesting shapes, sizes, colors are fascinating and beautiful.

Echeveria Lizard from Vancouver BC                         Echeveria Planter                  Succulents on the Rocks                   Echeveria Opalina


With the expansion of the shade house last season, we were able to grow and display an increased variety and quantity of ferns.We'll again have a great supply of favorites such as Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern and Ghost Fern, as well as  new varieties such as Upside Down Fern and Log Fern.

Exciting Fern news, we will not only have our usual abundant supply of ferns, but will have a super abundant supply. Our source for baby ferns accidentally sent us double our original order, once in October and once in November. We adopted the second batch of baby ferns, they were so cute we couldn't resist. By mid summer we should be bursting at the seams with all our new fronds!



Facing the reality of gardening in deer country has led us to seek out exceptional plants that have shown strong deer resistance. Almost all our new varieties are plants that exhibit beauty, and are not on Bambi's menu. Among the most gardenworthy have been these;

Calamintha Montrose White- a topmost desirable plant! Recommended by a Shelter Island gardener, deer resistant fragrant foliage, tiny white flowers all summer. 12"-15" ht. by 18"-24" spread. Drought tolerant, sun, lightshade. Constantly in bloom and as low maintenence as can be

.Calamintha Montrose White, Fragrant Foliage and Blooms All Season

Allium Millenium- 18"-24" tall and wide, deer resistant foliage, 2" lavender/purple/pink globe flowers early-late summer. Cheerful and carefree and ruggedly reliable.

Lavender- each of the varieties we grow are deer resistant and provide flowers and fragrance for sunny well drained spots. Provence is the largest one we grow at 30"x30", Silver Frost has the largest dark purple blooms and the whitest foliage, Munstead is 15"-18" and has the best flowers for drying. New addition Phenomenal has proven to hold its form and foliage very well over the winter.

All the above plants are also in the category of " look great all season, even during the heat  of a dry July and August."




Rugosa Rose Hybrids-  varieties with double white, double purple, double yellow, double and single pink flowers. Richly fragrant blooms. Very low maintenence, almost no disease issues, tolerant of harsh seashore conditions, yet happy in a garden bed. Blooming in spring, and then in summer, and again in fall. Our varieties include Hansa, Frau Dagmar Hartopp, Blanc Double de Coubert, Moje Hammerberg, and several others, and seedling grown Rosa rugosa for bluff planting.

The Knockout family of roses continues to impress. Almost total disease resistance, the longest bloom time of any rose, and reliable winter hardiness, make these roses the easiest to grow and enjoy.



                                                             EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

Special bonus for planning ahead!! The early bird catches the largest discount!

For all plant orders confirmed and paid by April 15 , 2021, we offer 25% off the usual reasonable price per plant. This includes any plant on our list.

If you cannot decide which plants to pre-order, a gift certificate can be purchased at the discount rate.

To order;

Call, write, e-mail to confirm availability and price of the plants you wish to order.

Call office or nursery before plant pick up to confirm they are ready for planting.

Mail payment/use credit card, (by phone or in person, not online),before April 15th.