December 12, 2017

The First Snowfall of the Season at the Farm

The first real snowflakes of the season are always fun to see.

Over the weekend, we received a light snowfall here in Bedford, New York - about four to five inches. It left a coating of beautiful white snow on the landscape. Fortunately, all my tropical plants are tucked away in temperature-controlled greenhouses, but we're still in the process of preparing for the winter season ahead - soon all the boxwood shrubs and hedges will be covered in burlap.

I always love touring the farm early in the morning after a snowfall. Here are some of my photos - enjoy.

December 11, 2017

Wrapping My Terrace Hedges and Shrubs with Burlap

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, the outdoor grounds crew is busy "burlapping".

Burlap covers protect the tender branches from splaying and breaking from the weight of snow, while shielding the foliage from freezing windburn. It is a practice I've followed for many years, and I think it also provides a cozy and pretty look to the winter landscape. This season, we've been very fortunate - milder autumn temperatures allowed us to get a good start on this big project. And just in time - this past weekend, we woke up to several inches of snow.

Enjoy these "burlapping" photos.

December 9, 2017

Outdoor Holiday Decorating at My Farm

It’s that time of year again - when everyone is busy decorating for the holidays. If you’re decorating your home this weekend, I hope you’re using some of the wonderful products from my collection of holiday decor available exclusively at The Home Depot. My collection includes beautiful pre-lit trees and garlands, colorful wreaths and swags, and a large variety of shatter-resistant ornaments. To see all these great offerings, just click on the highlighted link. 

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve also done quite a bit of decorating here at the farm. I just love how my home looks during the Christmas season - adorned with festive lights and ornaments inside and out. There is still lots to do and lots to share, but here are photos of some of my outdoor decorations.