September 21st, 2011
A Visit to Hardscrabble Farms
Posted by F&S
Ryan told us Frenchies the other day that he was taking a trip to Hardscrabble Farms, which isn’t too far from our farm. Seeing that it wasn’t such great weather, we asked him if we might tag along. We love looking at trees, shrubs, and all kinds of plants.
1 Ryan was going to Hardscrabble Farms in North Salem, NY and we, Frenchies, tagged along. They are a 40-acre nursery and offer a large selection of evergreens, shade trees, fruit trees, flowering trees, shrubs, and many other great plants.
2 Wow, Sharkey, look at this place! Do you remember coming here with Martha? She loves shopping at Hardscrabble!
3 While Ryan is making his selections, let's see what we can find that will look good at the farm.
4 What about this one, Sharkey? It's called a Pinus Wallichiana Zebrina. Zebrina sounds like zebra, which is pretty apt since the needles on this pine tree have a variegated pattern on them, almost like zebra stripes! Martha will love it!
5 Here's another variegated plant, the Buxus Variegota, or variegated boxwood shrub. These are evergreens that are often used for topiary. Let's take one and start snipping away. Let's turn it into a Frenchie!
6 This Pieris Compacta is interesting looking! While this plant is very versatile and can grow in sun or shade, it is a very slow-growing plant and I think I'm too impatient for that! Besides, I'm not fond of its flower.
7 Trees and shrubs are okay, I guess, but aren't there any flowers here?
8 Well yes, Francesca. However, it's a little late in the season for flowering shrubs. But, here's one that's a personal favorite of mine. I just love Hydrangeas!
9 Did you know that the color of hydrangeas is determined by what's in the soil? Acidic soil make them blue, neutral soil turns the petals an off-white color, and alkaline soil makes the this beautiful lilac or pink color.
10 Now, let's head to the office to settle up.
11 Oh, Franny! It looks like Martha was here the other day and already made her selections! It's all paid for and besides, we didn't bring any money. Oh well, I guess Martha's stuff is being loaded on the truck! Let's find Ryan.
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