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About Misty Bleu Farm

Misty Bleu Farm is located in beautiful Washington County, New York at the head of the Black Creek ValleyMisty Bleu Farm produces hops for the R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.

Located on 50 acres in the heart of the Hebron Hills, Misty Bleu Farm is the home of R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.  The Brewery and Taproom are open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 9:00 pm.  Come experience true field to glass farm-brewed beer at our farm, nestled among green hills and stunning natural beauty.  Our farm boasts over 600 feet of frontage on the West Branch of the Black Creek, with waterfalls and rushing cascades.  Tours of the brewery and grounds are available.  The Farm and Brewery are also available to be rented out for special events.  Please visit the brewery website, www.rstaylorbrewing.com for more details and directions.

Follow our journey as we create the Most Beautiful Farm Brewery in America!

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Spring 2017 at the Farm

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, May 01, 2017

Finally, these tubby hills are greening up.  And while I love the bright yellow of the marsh marigolds, trout lilies and daffodils, I really can't stand the acid yellow of forsythia, so I'm glad that is past its' prime. 

The supermarket primrose I bought a few years ago and stuck in the ground:

And the trout lilies:

Soon, we'll be waiting on the wild phlox and yellow and blue flag irises.....

And now back to work on the arrival parterre garden.  This project has taken way, way more work than I could have imagined when I designed the garden the winter before last.  Straight lines and highly clipped edges are A LOT of work.  Dianthus went in the ground around each of the apple trees last week as a ground cover.  I love their spicy clove scent.  I have to get my order in to the mail order houses soon for perennials or I am sure they will be sold out of everything I want to order. 

Natives in Bloom Vol. 3

Misty Bleu Farm - Saturday, June 27, 2015

The yellow flag iris may not be native to this part of the country, but we certainly treat it as a native here at the farm.  We also have a few blue flags that have happily transported themselves from god-knows-where and gleefully co-mingle with the yellow flags, streamside grasses and ferns.  It makes for a delightful combination in the cool, filtered shade along Taylor Creek. 



Streamside summer

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, June 11, 2015





Natives in Bloom Volume 1

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, May 28, 2015

Several springs ago at Gardenworks in Salem, I had the pleasure to run across an elderly woman who was there selling a small selection of native plants she had propagated herself from plants she had found on her property.  Apparently she had been coming each spring for many years and was an expert in gardening native area plants.

Oh how I wish I could have bought more native plants from her that spring.  Later that year, her husband had died and apparently she had to sell her home and garden.  When I came back the next spring, hoping to see her again, she was not there.  It was not just a loss for me of the opportunity to purchase more plants, but it was the loss of such a great local gardening resource.  I don't even know her name. 

I consider myself fortunate in that I did purchase quite a few plants from her that year, including Twinleaf, Sanguinaria (bloodroot), Jeffersonia and Mayapples.  When you come to visit us at the farm, please ask about our native plants.  I will be happy to show you how we are working to incorporate them into the landscape according to the precepts laid down by the great Irish plantsman and father of the classic English country garden, William Robinson.

I had never heard of the umbrella-like Mayapples before, but I love them now, and they are a great taller ground cover for the verges between woods and meadows.  They produce a simple, pretty white flower in mid-May, which then becomes a small seed pod that looks like a miniature Granny Smith Apple - charming!  They seem to be loving their spot on the bank of the old dam.  They have multiplied since I planted them two springs ago. 

Here is a photo of one in bloom this spring:



Spring 2015 Farm Dispatch

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, April 23, 2015

It is actually snowing as I write this - yes, snowing!  But spring has, indeed, sprung at the farm.  Even though today is a bit unseasonable, there's no stopping the warm weather now.  We're rushing toward the sun as we speak.  It is inevitable.

The sun is warm and the days are longer:


And the snowdrops are out:



Woodland Idyll

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, June 04, 2014





Native Spring Blooms

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, May 05, 2014

We spent the weekend at the farm.  While the weather left something to be desired, I was over the moon with how well my spring bulbs and native plants were doing.  We planted 150 daffodils and 50 snowdrops last fall.  I am happy to report they are all blooming their heads off.

I was even happier to discover that the native plants I bought at Gardenworks last summer are doing well, too.  Here's a few snapshots of what I planted:

These are true bloodroot, Sanguinaria.  Who knew they were so pretty?


Here's a photo of the mayapples I planted.  They are not quite fully leafed out, and soon they will produce their own pretty little white flowers:


And finally, here's the twinleaf plant.  Unfortunately, I think I will miss the bloom on this one.  It looked ready to pop on Saturday:


Of course, the primrose were up, as well.  What a surprise with their crazy colors on the spring forest floor:


The trout lilies were up and blooming.  The yellow flag iris was well sprouted up, and the ferns were showing off their fiddle heads.  All in all, there was much to see at this spring show.

Wild Summer Blooms

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, July 11, 2013

Oxeye daisies:


Native Blue Flag Iris:


Native Wild Phlox:


And the piece de resistance!  This is the jewel in our collection of native plants.  It is a native turk's cap lily, except for the fact that it is not quite like other examples of the species!  I'm very excited about this lily and hope to do more research on why it does not look like the native species should:


Trade Secrets CT 2013

Misty Bleu Farm - Sunday, June 09, 2013

We made the trip to the Trade Secrets CT 2013 rare plant and garden antiques show.  The weather was fine once again.


The grounds at Lion Rock Farm are extraordinary:





Here's my favorite vendor:  Guy Wolf pottery.




A Glimpse of Green at The Mount

Misty Bleu Farm - Friday, February 22, 2013

So, with the weather all cold and dreary, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at our trip in June 2011 to Blantyre and The Mount, Edith Wharton's estate in Lenox, Mass.  It was father's day weekend and the weather was gorgeously sunny and warm in the low 70's.  I have to say I am not a student of Edith Wharton's work, although I do have a copy of her book, The Age of Innocence.  However, I had heard great things about the estate she built in the Berkshires, which is now owned by a non-profit organization and open to the public.  I wanted to see it for myself.

Wharton was a great believer that your home was an extension of who you were and what kind of life you lead, defining your place in the world.  To her, it was the fullest expression of one's self.  That may sound snobbish, but I believe she was rightfully proud of her literary and financial accomplishments.  And even with all her awareness of the social and economic constraints of women in her day, she herself was locked in a difficult marriage.  I found our visit to The Mount to be quite inspiring and has informed my ideas on what we would like to accomplish at the farm in terms of landscape design and and the architectural design of the Carriage House and Manor House.

The grounds of The Mount consist mainly of the main house, which is still under restoration; the stables, which are in poorer condition than the house; and the gardens, which appear to be fully restored.

The Stables:


The facade of the Main House from the terraced gardens:



The Gardens: