Crop 325 September Issue Issue of Flowering Shrub Farm Monthly All Picture Newsletters; January February March April May 1 to 15 May 16 to 31 June 1 to 7 June 8 to 14 June 15 to 21 June 22 to 30 July August September October November December We propagate and grow for mail-order many hard to obtain roses, lilacs, blueberry bushes, rhododendrons or azaleas and report how we are doing to potential customers via these monthly newsletters (larger plants are usually available for pickup during our plant sale). Click on the picture and it may open a larger version with more detail. Reload this page in case your computer has it cached. 12:17

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For the three months July, August and September we are propagating and doing mailorder for lilacs, roses and more. The newsletter I am working on this month is at

Drip Line and Cold Frame

Propagation box where we root cuttings under mist near the red door beyond which we pot plants. The windows slide so its easy to pass plants from the bench out to the propagation box. This year there were not many people available to help in propagating roses so we did not root a lot of cuttings but as you can see we still have a bunch from previous years on drip line that will be for sale as they flower, are identified and have a price sticker attached.

On one side of the drip line we are burying 7 gallon pots in the ground next to 7 gallon pots on the drip line that we take cuttings from (in winter we will pull pots from the ground and insert the 7 gallon potted plants from the drip line, then the following spring we'll do the reverse returning plants to the drip line). Along the edge of the front lawn we are placing large lilacs in 45 gallon pots far enough apart so we can weed wack between). We bring in the empty 45 gallon pots, insert a 15 or 25 gallon lilac the next day and fill in around it with compost (later we'll add a drip line so its easy to water).

September 25 this rugosa started flowering out on the drip line so we labeled it with a paint pen on the side of the pot; 2016 for the year the seedling was first potted up in spring, Rugosa Rubra as the variety name and OK that is my personal indication that this label is true. Once it produces a mature rose hip we will collect the seed, cut the plant back and next spring put a price sticker on probably (I may also plant it somewhere in the field so we have a gradually enlarging source of seeds). This is a species rugosa grown from seed.

andy and september 21

Curt grabbed my camera and took a picture of me in the van and I took a picture from the van in the upper field of curt fertilizing roses with rose tone and topping them with geodisks.

jens munk and geodiscs

Jens Munk hybrid rugosa rose that we use as a source of cuttings. On right is a small stack of geodiscs like the ones curt is using in one gallon pots on drip line that help reduce weed growth in the pots.

alchymist and roseraie de l'hay

Along one side of the weed mat for the drip lines I plant roses every 12 feet that we use as a source of cuttings.

Tuscany and lilac corner

This tuscany gallica rose will probably be planted as a source of cuttings but we have others that may be available for sale once they flower. In this front corner of our property we are adding one or two lilacs a week growing from 45 gallon pots that we may use as a source of cuttings.

In winter we store potted roses in the lower cold box thats easy to drive up to with a tractor drawn trailer, then drive up the hill to place them on drip line in summer or downhill when removing roses from drip line and storing in the cold box. In the fall as roses are removed from the drip line lilacs that flowered the previous spring (and that will get cut back next march) are placed on the drip line. In 2016 we're going to rebuild this cold box maybe sometime in October to November.

On the left are some of the drip lines and on right is the patio where Alice grows vegetables in pots during summer and when Don is around he can grill food for family and friends.

eggplant and Kazanlik

In winter we insert roses in grip lip 7 gallon pots (picture on the right above) in the ground right next to where they are watered on drip line then in spring we can pull them from the hole, where they remain just above or next to the hole the hole covered so we dont fall in. I thought I'd take this picture of Mrs Yang cooking Chinese eggplant that Alice has been growing on the back patio.

Great Maidens blush

My plan is to use a ditch witch to dig a trench along side the drip lines, insert plants in large pots that will be used as a source of cuttings and fill around them with gravel. At the moment we are digging individual holes just below where they are on the surface.

Jenifer shows up once a week (September 9, 16, 23, 30) to weed, sort, move roses onto drip line and help me take cuttings.

Jenifer moving plants from cold frame onto drip line using my van.

drip line and Prairie Princess.

There are around 3,000 drip emitters in this field with one plant under each emitter.

2 pictures taken August 31 including Rugosa rose 'Henry Hudson' on the right. I try to plant at least one of each variety of rose that are locally hardy and that we can easily propagate from cuttings. As we root cuttings we will place them on these drip lines nearby where we took the cuttings.

Schneekoppe and Schneezwerg

Hybrid rugosa Schneekoppe and Schneezwerg we have planted under drip line to use as a source of cuttings.

krasavitsa moskvy, american pillar, apothecarys rose, tuscany

masonry, project, plummer, work shop

greenhouse, 10322pauls, 10329fat, 10333rugosa, lilac corner

10335rambler, 10358mix, espalier cherry, unpeal bag

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cuttings bench, alain blanchard cuttings, camaieux, ducdecambridge

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www.frudagmarhastrup.htm & www.henryhudson.htm

www.johndavis.htm & www.rotesmeer.htm

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Every year we germinate some rose seed (usually rugosa) trying to breed that special rose to name after my Mom and Dad.

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bluejay, blueray, coldframeforcuttings, espalierwinesapin45

rosacrestedmoss, rosawilliamlobb, lowbushblueberry, ownrootroses

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aster, asters, layering bed, layer

devils horns weed, aucubaefolia babies, front of house, across front

apply geodisks, aucubaefolia on drip, raking weedmat, tailgate workbench

lilacs back to field, weeding, bartlet pear spur, field of lilacs

adelaide dunbar, belle de nancy, charles joly, nadezhda

president poincaire, purple glory, sarah sands, aucubaefolia

donald wyman, krasavitsa moskvy, ludwig spaeth, michel buchner

monge, pokahontas, barn

northsky, delicata, dortmund, mme georges bruant

robin hood, robusta, rugosa alba, scabrosa, stanwell perpetual

field access, rv and van, yuri keelay, roof

Verified information about weeds in "Weeds of the Northeast" by Richard H. Uva, Joseph C. Neal, and Joseph M. DiTomaso published by Cornell University Press in Ithaca and London 1997 ISBN 0-8014-3391-6

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