1 I woke up on Saturday morning to observe and experience the first substantial snowfall of the winter. Everywhere I looked it was indeed a winter wonderland.
2 The large Siberian Spruce trees on the driveway looked magnificent with their coating of fluffy snow.
3 Alexis' cottage, the house we call the Tenant House (the previous owner of the property rented out this house) is the site of a newly planted White Oak and the Sargent Crabapple, which also look wonderful covered in snow.
4 The Tenant House has a stand of very old and tall Spruce trees guarding one side (to the north). Two of these giant trees have fallen in the last three years—one just grazing the cottage, and one crashing down on the ridge of the roof, causing substantial damage.
5 The Cypress trees have a wonderful shape, and since they are deciduous evergreens, losing their needles every fall, the shape is very visible when covered in snow.
6 In the paddocks are smaller, fenced areas where I have planted sycamore trees. I hope that these trees will attain significance and grandeur in the next decades. These trees are the perches for the hundreds of birds who feed at the farms many bird feeders.
7 We wrapped our wisteria standards with burlap to prevent these top-heavy shrubs from snapping under the weight of heavy snow and ice.
8 I love the views down the fence allees, and I love the snow on the rails of the antique white spruce fencing.
9 The curly filberts (walking stick trees) always look unusual, but with snow or a sheathing of ice they are fantastic.
10 On the right, is a grand and growing allee of Linden and Sycamore trees.
11 The espaliered apple trees are great snow catchers! This row of trees has not yet been pruned for fruit production.
12 This Nyssa tree is a great shape—the branches grow almost horizontally from the trunk. This is also a favorite perch for birds.
13 Some of the oldest trees on the property are some very shapely and productive old varieties of apples. Each winter they are carefully pruned by SavATree. We use the clippings for kindling for the fireplaces.
14 In this photo, you can see the long arms of the tree and the complex growing habit created by the pruning techniques years ago.
15 The stone walls surrounding the terraces were very heavily laden with snow.
16 The tie-up stanchion, the boxwood, and the fencing were all heavily covered with this early morning snowfall.
17 The standard ginkgo tree was covered as well as the boxwood surrounding the pink peony garden.
18 This magnolia tree has started to get buds, which I hope aren't damaged by the cold.
19 In front of the house are two very beautiful shapely hornbeams. We planted them in the terraces as soon as the Summer House was finished 12 years ago, and they have developed wonderfully.
20 On the right is the hornbeam hedge planted about 10 years ago. On the left, an old apple and a weeping hornbeam. The big pot in the distance is my outdoor firepit.
21 Another view of the hornbeam hedge—more than 200 whips of hornbeam were planted, 12 inches apart, which have developed into a magnificent hedge.
22 A closeup of the lollipop hornbeam.
23 The other hornbeam.
24 The Winter House terrace is surrounded with boxwood.
25 The big azalea garden, adjacent to the tree peony garden, is surrounded with burlap to cut the harsh winds which rush across the property from the Cross River Reservoir.
26 You can see how the snow was blown into the burlap.
27 These are the dark purple–magenta magnolia shrub trees. The tall tree on the right is a crimson maple given in memory of my mother by Ralph Robbins.
28 The horse chestnut trees have grown a lot in the last eight years. They have produced lots of horse chestnuts, many of which have been propagated by me into seedlings. Some day we may have a chestnut woodland.
29 The donkey shed/shelter in the donkey paddock.
30 The donks hang out around the hayrick while out in the snow. I think they would rather be in Sicily, where they come from, than here in the freezing Northeast. Hayricks are the hay piles, the machines used to cut the hay, the wagon used to transport the hay, or these "feeder" racks from which horses or donkeys can pull hay a bit at a time to eat.
31 The Canadian fencing looks so good with snow on it.
32 From left to right: Billie, Clive, Rufus—all looking longingly at me begging to get out of the cold. I think they really wanted a cappuccino!
33 The weeping cherry trees down by the stable look very structural in the snow. Planted on the edge of a high wall, they are kept well pruned and "weep" to the ground.
34 Another weeping cherry.
35 The peacock shelter was almost buried in snow—we had to carefully brush the mesh with brooms to knock off most of it to avoid collapsing.
36 These lovely trees are planted below the stable block. I can't for the world remember what they are!
37 The towering white pines suffer with every storm. This stand of four giants used be a stand of eight—hurricanes and ice storms have taken four.
38 This stand of white pines—six in all—used to be a stand of 12; again severe storms fell these trees regularly, sadly.
39 We have what we call a graveyard of old stone and slate—all of it is used to repair and rebuild.
40 This is a redwood, which is another of the deciduous evergreens. Also known as sequoia, these evergreen conifers are not really evergreen, losing their needles in the fall and regrowing new needles in the spring. This redwood is re-growing its top, having lost it in a storm.
41 More redwoods surrounding the chicken yards.
42 Two large oak trees near the tennis court. These have survived most of the storms, strong and stately.
43 I planted lots of "Scholar" trees, also known as pagoda trees. They grow into beautiful shapely trees, but take a very long time doing it.
44 These are ginkgo trees, which I planted more than 10 years ago—these, like the scholar trees, did not grown well.
45 The spruce trees, under the white pines, are doing well, growing fast to create a new grove.
46 This red oak still has its leaves affixed to the branches—not good with the weight of the snow, but so far no broken branches.
47 This is a white oak tree, which is stately and promises to be a great addition to the landscape when it grows up (it is 7 now).
48 The Blue Spruce—I think this is the only one on the farm, and it is so beautiful in the snow. It should have been my Christmas card!
49 One of the mighty American Beeches on the property. We planted a grove—the trees came from Charlie Marder in Bridgehampton, Long Island—about 12 years ago. They were about 1/4 this size; they have grown very well.
50 Another beech in the grove.
51 This is the boxwood allee by the stable. More than 400 boxwood comprise this Jacques Wirtz style allee, although at the time I planted it, I did not know who Jacques Wirtz was. If you do not, look him up!
52 Probably the best allee on the property, this one of Pin Oaks. They grow fast, straight, and every one is healthy and robust.
53 That is the house on the left—a bit hard to see in the rainy snow, which started to fall in earnest by the time I was almost finished with this blog.
54 I love my "great lawn" bordered on one side by a long pergola of clematis and Rose of Sharon, and on the other by Weeping Standard Hornbeams.
55 More wisteria wrapped for protection.
56 Another hornbeam hedge which is very well-shaped by Ryan and Wilmer into a thick wall.
57 Frank was shoveling a path to the main greenhouse—I worry that the heavy snow will cause the glass roofs to cave in. So far, so good.
58 The flower garden fencing always looks good when covered in snow. It measures about 150 by 60 feet.
59 The garden behind the fence is almost obscured!
60 The pergola is made from granite uprights and wooden tops. Notice the bird feeders suspended from the ends of the cross pieces. A reminder to everyone who feeds birds in the winter months: Once you start you cannot stop—the wild birds rely on the food you are giving them, and in snowy weather, they will starve if you stop feeding.