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.

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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.

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.

Wow, Sharkey, look at this place!  Do you remember coming here with Martha?  She loves shopping at Hardscrabble!

2 Wow, Sharkey, look at this place! Do you remember coming here with Martha? She loves shopping at Hardscrabble!

While Ryan is making his selections, let's see what we can find that will look good at the farm.

3 While Ryan is making his selections, let's see what we can find that will look good at the farm.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

Trees and shrubs are okay, I guess, but aren't there any flowers here?

7 Trees and shrubs are okay, I guess, but aren't there any flowers here?

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!

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!

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.

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.

Now, let's head to the office to settle up.

10 Now, let's head to the office to settle up.

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.

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.

Comments (10)

  • Good Morning F & S

    I can't imagine that Martha needs more trees and shrubs for your farm unless there was damage from one of those crazy storms. Sharkey I'm with you I just love hydrangeas but my mom calls then snowballs. Can't figure that one out since they aren't made of snow and they are not white???

    I was checking out Martha's blog this morning and it appears that Uncle Carlos has become a very good bee keeper. I didn't understand why just his face was covered and his arms were exposed. My crazy brother T-Bone tries to catch the bees. One time he bit down on a big wasp and boy was his lip all swollen. How stupid is that to bite a bee and get stung, Labs what can I say.

    Welcome to the DW Lola :) I think you are the first BUG to join us. I'm a frenchie and I have a brother and two sisters who are all Labs.

    Rain again today and the rest of the week can someone please tell the big guy upstairs to turn off the water!!!

    Zoe

  • Good morning girls,
    Another interesting blog today. I didn't post anything yesterday as I went to my other family in Maryland. So, I spent the day just playing with Harley and Rhyder. I am so sorry that I missed the newbie, Ms.Lola Bug. Welcome to the group Lola. I am a chow and the father of GK. We all care about one another on here. I am just going to spend the day with Dick today, the man of the house because the other two chows are headed to the vet for check ups. Dick has a "man cave" so that is where we will be today. Just hangin' doing guy things. My kind of day.
    Later,
    Maddox

  • Thanks for another great field trip ladies!
    Welcome to our new friend, Miss Lola Bug. I am Rebel, a black and tan chihuahua. I am not a teeny, weeny little guy, I am the biggest of the small ones. I think I must have gotten all the nutrition in the womb cause my sisters are teeny weeny.
    Off to work with my Mimi.
    Have a great day everybody!
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    You two really do get around on your short day trips. Now that the weather is getting cooler I will be able to go with Mommy and Daddy in the car when they shop. It’s been too hot to leave me in the car. They always give me a job before they leave. I guess ‘guarding the house’ is an important job. Now that fall is approaching, Mommy and Daddy can finish the planting in the front yard. They had to stop when the heat became too much for the newly planted plants. We have some much needed rain; rained almost all night.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., You girls sure do have fun visiting other places with Martha, Uncle Carlos, Shaun, and now Ryan. Looks like you were having fun seeing many of the products at Hardscrabble Farms and I agree with Sharkey about how beautiful the hydrangeas are. Hello Lola, nice to see that you are joing our wonderful group here at The Daily Wag. Hope everyone has a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • So nice that the two of you got to tag along with Ryan since the weather looked a little sketchy. Good thing MommyM already stopped by to take care of matters although it would have been very funny seeing you two attempt to pay for it all. :lol:

    Welcome aboard the DW party boat Lola Bug. :smile:

  • I can't believe that mommie martha doesn't have every single plant there is! I love those hydrangeas, and the deer do as well, they ate ALL of my bushes this year, I hardly have plants left.

    That was nice of that cutie-pie Ryan to take you Frenchie's along..

    ~d & Kitty =^..^=

  • Hello Ladies,
    You girls sure do get around. You are the best Horticulturists I know. My Mom would love those Hydrangeas---especially lavender. I am a little late today as I am so busy helping Mom in the yard and so forth as Dad is still working 10 hour days. I just love to see the photos when you travel around. G.K. still can't be trusted, huh?? Oh, and welcome Lola. I am a 10 year old Tiger Brindle Frenchie who has Crohn's Disease. It was just diagnosed this year. I am a tuff guy though. I have never known a BUG before. I wish we had photos by our names and I could see everyone. Have a great Wednesday all!!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • F & S

    How come your blog isn't listed in the Blog section on Martha's website??? What's up with that???

    Zoe

  • hi frenchies and everybody else...we can barely fit another tree, bush, shrub or flower here at the farm/ranch, but like Martha we always find room...don't feel badly they don't let me carry any cash or credit cards..people!... we are starting to winterize..whew..keeps me busy helping with all the projects.. not much time to spy on the otter and coons...still waiting for the red setters to come across the river so I can gnaw their shock collars off!..they are nice doggies..the owner is a jerk... I must go see if James needs any help checking the hops..later ..cora-belle

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