April 18, 2015

A Granite Sofa at Skylands

Skylands, my home in Maine, is now the temporary residence of an original reproduction of a Federalist period Grecian Sofa.

The “Granite Sofa” is a four-thousand pound sculpture carved out of one single piece of pink granite. It was delivered after friends suggested I house the art piece while the museum caring for it underwent renovations. I thought it would be fun, and I was sure I could find a suitable place for it. It’s a beautifully crafted carving by sculptor, Russ Kaufman, for Celeste Roberge, the internationally known artist who wanted it as a monument to the original 1805 Samuel McIntire “Grecian Sofa”, currently at the acclaimed Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.

It took a little ingenuity and elbow grease to transport the installation, but I’m thrilled and honored to have this work of art at my home. Here are some photos - I hope you enjoy them.

April 17, 2015

Repairing Stonework

Spring is always a good time to get those outdoor home projects out of the way. Here at the farm, that includes maintenance work on all the stone walkways, steps and walls that have shifted or moved over the years because of inclement weather or large growing tree roots. I prefer to have this type of work done now, before all the garden beds are in full bloom.
This week, the crew from Luppino Landscaping and Masonry came to evaluate all the stonework and make any necessary repairs. They re-leveled pavers, realigned paths, and rebuilt part of a wall at the entrance to my home, which was damaged by this winter’s heavy snow.
Here are some of the photos showing the skill and talent of these tradesmen - enjoy.

April 16, 2015

Seedling Maintenance in the Greenhouse

All the seeds we planted earlier this year are growing nicely in my greenhouse. Soon, it will be time to transplant them into the outdoor garden beds. For now, they are being nurtured indoors where temperature, humidity and light can be properly controlled.
Starting from seed is not difficult at all, but it does require careful attention and patience. This week, my gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, evaluated all the seedlings, and conducted a little seedling maintenance - thinning out those that were weak, pricking out those that were growing too big for their seed starting trays, and transplanting them into larger pots and flats.
I can’t wait to see these tiny sprouts grow into strong, prolific plants in my gardens.
I hope these photos help you as you care for your growing seedlings this season…