1 As usual, I arose early and wanted to do a few chores around the farm. My giant iron fire pot was filled with water and debris, so I tipped it over.
2 This red weeping beech, with its cascading branches, is beginning to really take off. These are amazing trees.
3 This grove of hornbeam trees was planted a few years ago. Most of them are full and healthy.
4 However, this hornbeam has issues.
5 Perhaps it's just a different variety and hopefully will catch up to the others. I'm always sad when trees don't make it.
6 I was giving Wilmer instructions for sprucing up this paddock.
7 Dominick mowed the other day and I wanted the dried grass raked so the paddock wouldn't look so brown.
8 I went to the equipment barn and hosed off the outdoor furniture. I used Martha Stewart Clean on the spots.
9 I also hosed off the inside of the sliding barn doors.
10 Next, I went to the hoop house and chose the tropical plants that I wanted taken to Maine.
11 Ryan helped me choose a couple of alocasia (elephant ears). I love these large-leaf plants.
12 This will be Ryan's first trip to Skylands. I can't wait to show him around the property.
13 Next, I went to the cold house and picked some vegetables to pack for the trip. There were lots of bunching onions and tender carrots.
14 Here Ryan is organizing the plants under the shade pergola.
15 We then went into the greenhouse and chose a couple of flats of succulents for the pots at Skylands.
16 Then it was out to the vegetable garden to see what was ready to pick.
17 I picked some tender, leafy spinach, and some herbs.
18 I also picked plenty of garden asparagus and rhubarb before going off with Betsy for a quick horseback ride.
19 Meanwhile, Shaun enlisted Wilmer's help in loading up the trailer.
20 As you can see, it's going to be a very busy weekend of planting!
21 Carlos had the dogs with him for company and was ready to drive off.
22 We returned from our ride just in time to wave goodbye. See you later!
23 I went inside to finish packing and Princess Peony wouldn't even look at me, sensing my imminent departure.
24 I gathered two cameras and chargers to take photos for my blog.
25 I always pack them in waterproof zipper bags for protection.
26 My iPad was charged and ready to go.
27 I wondered where the dogs were and then I remembered - Silly me! I'll see them later, in Maine.
28 Andres carried my garment bag out to the car. Of course, I told him to place it on top of all the other luggage.
29 Pierre was coming along to perform his magic in the kitchen. He was perusing the brand new July issue of Living.
30 Pierre thought he would try this delicious looking tomato cobbler, made with caramelized onions and garlic and topped with gruyere drop biscuits. Yum!
31 Andres placed today's newspapers on the dash for me.
32 All set to go!
33 Bye, Eliad. Bye, Laura. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.