February 24, 2018

Norm Bloom & Son Copps Island Oysters

As many of you know, one of my favorite foods is oysters. I love serving oysters at parties out on my large porch, where guests can gather and enjoy this delicious seafood delicacy. Among my favorite suppliers is Norm Bloom & Son Copps Island Oysters - a source I’ve used for many years.

Norm Bloom & Son is a fourth generation family-owned oyster farm located in Norwalk, Connecticut - the oyster capital of the world since the 1800s. Norm founded his company in 1994, with a crew of three and one boat. Today, he has a fleet of 15-boats and a dedicated and knowledgeable crew that harvests year-round from the deep, cold, nutrient-rich Connecticut coast waters. Norm provides high quality and sustainable oysters to customers across the nation - mostly to restaurants and other large order clients.

We visited Norm Bloom & Son Copps Island Oysters not long ago. Here are some photos - enjoy.

February 23, 2018

Pruning Roses in My Flower Cutting Garden

It’s always a good sign of warmer days ahead when my gardeners start working in the flower cutting garden.

Last week, Wilmer started the task of pruning the roses on the perimeter of the garden. Proper pruning improves the health of the plants, prevents disease, and encourages better flowering. There are different pruning strategies for different times of the year, but overall the goals are the same - to control shape, to keep the bushes fresh and open, and to allow for better air circulation through the center of the plants. I've grown roses for more than 25-years. Many of my rose varieties are prized for their petal formations and fragrances, so maintenance is very important to keeping them healthy and productive.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

February 22, 2018

Cutting Pussy Willows at the Farm

Like many of you, every year I eagerly await those first signs of spring. This week in the Northeast, we had a day of record warm temperatures - in some areas reaching the high 70s. And here at my Bedford, New York farm, my favorite harbingers of the season are the pussy willows - those branches of silvery gray catkins that shimmer in the moist to wet soil near meadows, swamps and streams around this time.

These deciduous shrubs, scientifically known as Salix discolor, naturally grow up to 20-feet tall, or even more if left unpruned. They are very easy to multiply and make wonderful cut arrangements. Recently, my gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, cut bunches of pussy willows from a grove I planted along the wetlands of my farm. I love to use them to make large displays for Easter.

Enjoy these photos…