1 Here I am with Mike Comisac, the owner of this nursery.
2 The tree on the flat bed is a 30 to 40 year-old copper beach. Mike had this metal frame welded together especially to support the tree's massive root ball.
3 I really love stewartia trees and have several at the farm. They produce pretty white camellia-like flowers that have frilled petals.
4 The bark of stewartia is very distinctive - smooth orange to yellow-brown and is always shedding.
5 Arnold Pink Silverbell is a wonderful and rare choice form of Carolina Silverbell, having pink bell-shaped flowers in spring.
6 Mike told me about a recent delivery of several Italian prune/plum trees and was pointing them out to me in the distance.
7 There they are on the left. I was reminded of my mother, who used to make a wonderful cake topped with prune/plums. She also made prune/plum pierogies and served them with sweetened sour cream.
8 I love ornamental weeping cherry trees. Mine are blooming away at the farm.
9 Mike also wanted me to see a collection of horse chestnut bushes - Aesculus pavia.
10 Aesculus pavia, also known as Red Buckeye or Firecracker Plant, produces red flowers that are especially attractive to hummingbirds and bees.
11 This is the entrance to Fleur, a shop of garden ornaments and antiquary and decorative accessories.
12 I actually found the three lead finials that decorate the roof of my equipment barn at Fleur.
13 All of the items in the showroom have been hand selected abroad by owners, Barbara and John Schumacher.
14 This fabulous gilt metal four panel folding screen is in the French regency style from the 1940's.
15 An amazing early 20th century France iron skeleton clock face recovered from a French clock tower. Years of exposure to the elements have left this piece with a beautiful patina.
16 I have urns similar to this pair of terra cotta ones from France - 1830-1840.
17 A lovely pair of shagreen leather lamps from France - early 20th Century - with ivory silk shades sitting on a pair of neo-classic style brass etagere tables that have three tiers of oxidized mirrored glass
18 Beautiful and functional topiary shears
19 Great buckets to transport cut flowers from your garden
20 Very interesting hand tools
21 A handsome hammered copper watering can
22 A pair of painted earthenware seated Boston terriers - mid 20th century
23 Such a nice expression
24 And another
25 I love this pair of Gothic style cast stone finials from late 19th century France.
26 These are contemporary hand-painted and glazed jars from Provence, France. The contents are painted dried artichokes.
27 Upstairs is a fine selection of lamps and mirrors.
28 I was very impressed with this stunning lamp.
29 This table lamp is a creation of Tomasso Barbi of Italy in the 1970's. It is a large brass naturalistic leaf that curves up from a circular base.
30 My eye was also drawn to the 20th century French starburst metal frame mirror hanging behind the lamp.
31 A great way to display butterflies under a glass dome!
32 My next stop was at 222 East Main St. in Mount Kisco at La Marqueta Meat & Produce.
33 I remembered that I needed oranges to make fresh-squeezed orange juice for a party I was having.
34 La Marqueta displays their fruits and vegetables so beautifully on one side of the store.
35 And they have a great selection!
36 On the other side of the store is the meat department with a very colorful mural painted the length of the wall.
37 Fresh meats are delivered nearly every day.
38 There are so many cuts of beef to choose from.
39 And many types of pork
40 There are pigs feet
41 And even chicken feet!
42 They have queso fresco and flour and corn tortillas.
43 Sugar and rice stacked floor to ceiling
44 And an enormous selection of Goya products