October 22, 2018

Storing My Citrus Collection

All my dwarf citrus trees are now safely tucked away for the winter.

Because I live in a four-season region, during colder months, it’s vital these warm-weather plants move indoors, where the temperature and humidity levels can be controlled. Fortunately, I am able to keep them in high-grade greenhouses, where they can continue to thrive all year long. And thanks to a very strong outdoor grounds crew, the proper equipment, and some fast footwork, all the plants got inside before a week of chilly autumn weather.

Enjoy these photos, and be sure to catch me on QVC later today starting at 4pm ET when I share more pieces from my Apparel Collection that are perfect for fall!

October 20, 2018

Spring Blooming Bulbs from Van Engelen, Inc.

It’s time to start getting all those spring blooming bulbs in the ground!

As many of you know, every autumn we plant thousands and thousands of bulbs at my Bedford, New York farm. A good number of them are from one of my favorite sources, Van Engelen Inc., a wholesale family-run flower bulb business located in Bantam, Connecticut. Van Engelen and its sister company, John Scheepers, are overseen by Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms, the daughter of Jan S. Ohms, who acquired both businesses and developed them into what they are today. This week, we visited Van Engelen, Inc. to pick up our order and to learn a little more about this amazing facility.

Enjoy these photos.

October 19, 2018

Storing All My Tropical Plants

All my tropical plants are now stored indoors for the winter.

Caring for these precious plants means following a strict schedule, particularly at the end of the warm season. Plants that spent the summer at Skylands, my home in Maine, or at Lily Pond in East Hampton, are picked up and brought back to Bedford for storage. Together with all the tropical specimens here at the farm, everything is organized and stored in a special greenhouse down near the chicken coops, where temperatures and humidity levels can be closely monitored and adjusted when necessary. It’s a tedious process to put all these container plants away, but a very important one that keeps all my plants healthy.

Here are some photos - enjoy.