Monday, May 23, 2011

Photos of the Japanese Paperpot planter used at the Fellenz Family Farm

I went to visit Andy today and noticed the paperpot planter was in one of the hoop houses keeping dry from the rain between plantings. There's a photo of Andy's planter with two videos about how it is used:

http://canandaiguabotanicalsociety.blogspot.com/2010/07/fellenz-family-farm-tour.html

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A VISIT TO SENECA BREEZE BERRIES in Penn Yan


Saturday, June 25, 2011
Time: 10 am (or 9:25 if carpooling from the Ontario County Courthouse parking lot)

Where: 1166 Earls Hill Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527

Paul and Kathryn Cooley began this adventure in 2009. They decided to use their past experiences and capacity to learn new things to start a hydroponics strawberry farm. 2010 was their first season that included their U-pick Farm, the Geneva Farmers Market, The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Geneva Wegmans. They also started making strawberry jam which was an unexpected hit and available year round.

Paul Cooley will give us a guided tour of the hydropinics farm including the pump house. It should be timed just right for picking berries from the hydroponic cones.

http://www.senecabreezeberries.com/

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Identification Quiz

Scroll down past this quiz to see photos of the BLUEBELLS!


It was a rainy morning when we enjoyed the Bluebells - too rainy to bring guide books along.
We discovered many other species during our walk and decided to post pictures here for identification. We knew many of them but I will leave all of the names off to see how many can be identified. Your identifications can be reported using the comment section below or by Emailing them to Canandaiguabotanical@gmail.com (numbers are under each photo).


1 (we saw and heard several birds...this one was still enough for a photo)

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5 (4 year old Thomas's favorite)

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8 (Note the thorns)

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16 (note the white curly sprigs)

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19 (note the small paw shaped leaves)

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22 (this had spikes on the underside of the leaves)

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Bluebells at Mertensia Park

On the rainy morning of Saturday, May 14, 2011 we got together to enjoy the Mertensia in the woods along Mud Creek at Mertensia Park in Farmington, NY. Those in attendance included: Bill Bross, Ellen Foster, Victoria Harris, Peggy Kane, Laura and Bethan Ouimette, Jeannie Randall, Norma and David Rugg, and Sue Winslow.








Bethan taught us how to sip the nectar from the Bluebells.


















Friday, May 13, 2011

LOCATION CHANGE FOR BLUEBELL WALK!

Due to the wet spring weather it is too wet to safely transport us across the creek at the Bowerman Farm to the island of Bluebells. We will still meet to check out the Bluebells and other wildflowers at Mertensia Park in Farmington, NY. Mertensia Park is at the south end of Mertensia Road between Routes 96 and 41. Anyone interested in joining us should meet at 10 am in the Mertensia Park parking lot.

We will plan to return to the Bowerman Farm in May of 2012.