September 25, 2018

My Blooming Sunflowers

Many of you have commented on how eager you are to see our bed of sunflowers in bloom. They're now open - with their big daisy-like faces and brightly colored petals.

If you recall, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, planted 12-rows of sunflowers, Helianthus, back in July. The bed is located behind my main greenhouse not far from my berry bushes. Sunflowers are the popular and cheerful annuals whose giant, round flower heads look like the sun. Sunflowers come in vibrant yellow, but they're also seen in orange, red, bronze and even white. 

Enjoy these photos.

September 24, 2018

Picking Golden Raspberries

It's now officially fall, but here at my Bedford, New York farm we’re still picking the last of summer’s delicious fruits - those small, fragrant, and refreshingly sweet raspberries.

Last week, I noticed there were many golden raspberries growing on my shrubs, so we started picking them right away. Golden raspberries are much like the red raspberries except for their color - they're also extremely sweet with honeyed apricot tones and just a subtle hint of tartness. Although raspberries are best eaten raw, I love to use them as ingredients in jams and jellies, pies and tarts.

Enjoy these photos.

 

September 22, 2018

Repotting Aeoniums

Among my favorite plants are the exotic forms of succulents - they make excellent container specimens.

If you like growing plants, but don’t really have a lot of time to care for them, I encourage you to consider growing succulents. Succulents are so easy to maintain and are able to survive prolonged drought because they store moisture in their fleshy stems, roots, and leaves. A general rule of thumb is to repot succulents every two-years to provide more room and fresh fertile soil. Recently, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, took the opportunity to repot a good number of succulents called Aeoniums that form beautiful rosettes of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves.

Enjoy these photos.