BLOOMS & BUTTERFLIES

Every year we add something new to the landscape at Hidden Meadow Inn.

Here’s a summary of the developments so far.

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Daisy by Rhea Wisniewski

2006

Transplanted peonies, Japanese anemone, German bearded irises and purple Globe allium from our previous home in Crary Mills, NY.

2007

Steve at Cornell Cooperative Extension tested several soil samples from different places on our property; discovered the soil is too alkaline.  He advised we add sulfer where we want to add acid-loving plants.  Put in blueberries and raspberries, forsythia, roses, lily of the valley, Jacob’s Ladder, sedum.  Worked two garden beds.  Highlights:  Green beans, corn, kale, cosmos, sunflowers.  Begin developing trail system.

2008

Added flowering shrubs (azalea, rhododendron), a cherry tree and two pear trees.  National Grid workers cut trees along the power lines.  :>(   Begin transforming back salad garden into perennial and bulb flower garden.  Layer newspaper, then weed-retardant fabric, then mulch.  Begin selection of flat stones from walls on the perimeter of our property to lay paths in the garden.

2009

A strawberry patch, asparagus plants, potato patch.  Add more perennials,  spring bulbs, shrubs.  Divide and replant irises.   Fertilize wild blackberry patches throughout the property.  Poor results in vegetable garden attributed to rainy season, tomato blight and lack of time for garden maintenance.  Neighbors advise adding horse manure and compost to the soil.

2010

Planted another cherry tree, two more pear trees, two apple trees (MacIntosh, Honeycrisp) , 10 Colorado blue spruce seedlings, 1 lilac seedling.  Added more perennials and shrubs to the back garden; finishing the stone pathway and rock border for the backyard flower garden.  Got good advice on proper maintenance of our blueberry patch from our piano tuner Todd Alessi; the piano sounds better, too!  Added 4 Duke variety and 1 Chippewa bush, pulled out the weed-retardant fabric, weeded all around.   Next we’ll layer newspapers and mulch.   Priority this year:  Build better compost system, add amendments to improve soil quality.   The power company came again to cut a wretched gash in the landscape (GRRRRR)…Oh, well, now to think as creatively as we can how to make the best of it.  What can we plant in the new sunny area they created with their chainsaws? Or can we add a new cross-country ski trail along the power lines?  Decisions, decisions …

2011

Our raspberries and strawberries have been overrun by weeds.  Life happens.  We get busy, someone (human or canine) gets sick or injured and needs extra care that might have gone to tend the garden, and suddenly another season has come and gone.  We have learned to go with the flow.  If we can’t accomplish all our objectives, there is always next year.

2012

We have given up on our blueberry patch, which has never produced more than a handful of green berries.  Bill constructed a great compost system this year.

2013

Planted red maple, redbud and crabapple saplings this year.

2014

Our two apple saplings are also a bust.  We had a good crop of sour cherries on one tree one day this spring, and the next day, nothing.  We expect birds are responsible.  We are seeing a rabbit on the lawn just about every day, deer frequently.  This year a squawking guinea pea-hen showed up.

Area Garden Clubs

Butterflies

Georgian Butterfly by Rhea Wisniewski

Garden Sites We Like

Where we get our seeds, seedlings, shrubs and trees locally


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