May 29, 2009

Join me in the garden

I found some precious time the other day to plant a couple of urns at my farm in Bedford. Several years ago, I purchased two magnificent Kenneth Lynch and Sons pots at an auction when Kenneth Lynch was still in operation in Wilton, Connecticut and I was still living at Turkey Hill in Westport. The urns are cast concrete, a formula which no one has figured out. I placed the stately urns in my herb garden behind the barn there and planted them with evergreens. This proved to be a mistake, as the evergreen roots caused one of the urns to split. Fortunately, the broken pot was repaired and now I plant nothing but tender perennials in them. They are emptied in the autumn and are covered over for the winter.

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I'm planting Eucomis 'Rhode Island Red' in the center - this purple plant develops 3-foot tall leaves with slightly ruffled edges.