July 24, 2017

My Tropical Plants Around the Farm

I love large urns filled with tropical plants.

As many of you know, I have a rather sizable collection of tropical specimens at my Bedford, New York farm. During the winter, they are all stored in a special greenhouse. Once warm weather arrives, they are brought out for display - some go to my home in Maine, some go to my home in East Hampton, and the remaining plants are placed in various locations here at Cantitoe Corners.

It is a big undertaking to move all these plants at the beginning and end of each season. Thankfully, I have the help of a strong outdoor grounds crew and some heavy duty farm equipment to get the job done - enjoy these photos.

July 22, 2017

Trimming the Hornbeam Hedges

The big task of pruning the hornbeam hedges is in full swing at my farm.

This week, the outdoor grounds crew trimmed the hornbeam hedge in front of my main greenhouse. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus, the hornbeam is a fast growing deciduous tree that can grow up to several feet per year. I like to maintain it using a traditional European style of pruning, so it has a nice, sculpted appearance. This means, it’s crucial that the hedge be trimmed regularly, so it doesn’t look overgrown and unruly.

It is quite a chore, but the end result is so beautiful - enjoy these photos.

July 21, 2017

Another Bountiful July Harvest

Here in the Northeast, temperatures remain well into the 90s, with lots of humidity.

Despite the uncomfortable summer weather, the vegetables at my Bedford, New York farm are thriving, and the gardens are looking spectacular this season. Fortunately, we were able to harvest another sizable amount of vegetables just in time for my weekend trip to my home in East Hampton. I am hosting a party, so I am very happy to have such fresh and delicious produce to share.

Here is an update on what we picked this week - enjoy these photos.