1 Guests had the opportunity to walk through the cutting garden. Every group experiences a different tour when they visit the farm depending on what is blooming at the time.
2 Digitalis is a genus of about 20-species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. The scientific name means "finger-like" and refers to the ease with which a flower can be fitted over a fingertip.
3 Lupines come in lovely shades of pink, purple, red, white, yellow, and even red!
4 The roses are doing so well this season. We have an abundance of roses at the farm this year. If you recall, many of them were transferred from my home in East Hampton a couple years ago.
5 The group came on a perfect weather day, when it wasn't too warm or too humid. My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, oversees these guided walks when I am in our New York office or away traveling.
6 The group saw the Pin Oak Allee, Quercus palustris, which looks fuller every week with its distinguishable lower, middle and upper branches forming a most interesting growth habit.
7 This is my American beech grove. The American beech, or Fagus grandifolia, is the species of beech tree native to the eastern United States and Canada.
8 It's nice to see such an enthusiastic and inquisitive group enjoying my gardens.
9 At one end of the Boxwood Allee is this beautiful weeping copper beech, Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendular', an irregular spreading tree with long, weeping branches that reach the ground.
10 Every group touring the farm loves the winding road into the woodlands. During this time of year, it is shaded by a lovely canopy of foliage.
11 The Boxwood Allee on the way to the stable always grabs everyone's attention.
12 Here is the Pin Oak Allee from the other side - such a lovely stand of trees. Pin oak typically grows to between 50 and 75 feet in height, with a trunk diameter of one to three feet. It has an oblong or rounded crown that becomes more irregularly open with age.
13 This is a newer allee of linden trees, Tilia. Linden can grow from about 65 to 130 feet in height. It develops dense, pyramidal or round-shaped crowns and can live several hundred years.
14 The walk continued down to my chicken coops, where I house more than 150-chickens. We keep the coops very clean and well-secured with fencing.
15 My vegetable garden is also looking so beautiful. I am glad our crops are thriving despite the erratic and dry weather here in the Northeast.
16 Adjacent to the main vegetable garden is this garden with more plantings. Wilmer put down salt hay in the footpaths to prevent them from becoming excessively muddy and compacted. It also enriches the soil since it acts as an organic composting medium.
17 Here is my first Linden Tree Allee. I love this allee, and only wish it could be longer. The Linden is one of three English names for the tree genus Tilia - it's also known as lime and basswood.
18 The next stop was my stable, where four of my five Friesian horses were ready to greet our guests.
19 Here is my handsome Rutger. Rutger loves saying hello to anyone who stops by his stall.
20 Perhaps Ramon is just hoping for a carrot.
21 During the warmer months, I love to display tropical plants around the farm. These palms look so pretty in the stable courtyard.
22 The garden behind my Summer House is always a favorite stop on the tour. Although it is still a "work in progress", the boxwood look very lush and green. This garden will soon be blooming with color.
23 Guests often ask about my pea shrubs, Caragana arborescens. These pea shrubs are upright and deciduous, and can be trained to grow as small trees.
24 Here, on the upper terrace parterre - vibrant barberry and boxwood, with purple Alliums. Allium species are herbaceous perennials with flowers produced on scapes. They grow from solitary or clustered bulbs.
25 These are the gardens right outside my Winter House on my terrace parterre, where I also plant herbs, so they are easily accessible from my kitchen.
26 Here is a lovely view looking down the length of the southeast paddock to the chicken coops in the distance.
27 My longtime housekeeper, Laura Acuna, set up some refreshments on the lower terrace parterre outside my kitchen. Some cool pomegranate iced-tea and some cheese wafers.
28 Our pomegranate drink is served with slices of lemon and lime. The pomegranate juice is a concentrate from our friends at http://www.pomwonderful.com/
29 I always have a row of full bird feeders on the back side of my long carport. Hundreds of beautiful birds visit the feeders every day. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they eat all those pesky insects in summer.
30 All the guests love my meandering clematis pergola.
31 Here is one last quick photo of the group - it was a lovely day for a tour.