1 The front yard of Lily Pond has a circular lawn surrounded by four quadrant gardens. This is where I once had thousands of roses - now the beds are planted with perennials.
2 This is a view looking across the lawn. The rounded trees are parrotia persica, or Persian ironwood. Native to northern Iran, its leaves turn a rich purple to brilliant red. Its bark has a flaking, peeling nature, giving the bare tree a colorful and unusual texture.
3 Charlie Marder of Marder's Garden Center and Nursery in Bridgehampton, found me matching stewartia trees, Stewartia pseudocamellia - they're excellent medium-sized deciduous garden trees with stunning bark that exfoliates in strips of gray. http://www.marders.com
4 The circle and round turn are planted with pink saucer magnolias, many ferns, and white lilies.
5 Everything is thriving, but we do need some rain - it's been very dry here in the Northeast. From my driveway, my house looks beautiful with the tan colored woodwork - it is such a change from the teal blue. Do you remember the old trim?
6 This garden surrounding a Ginkgo biloba tree is planted with hostas, ferns, red Japanese maples, and boxwood.
7 These plants do well at Lily Pond because the garden is in partial to full shade all day long. Luckily, all the Ginkgo trees I planted in East Hampton were male, so they do not drop all the billions of berries that the Bedford tree does.
8 The old vibernum hedge is thicker and more beautiful than ever on the right of the walkway. On the left of the walkway are myriads of hydrangeas.
9 Looking down the path from the opposite end, see how big the hydrangeas have gotten. There are also bare branches of a vibernum - not sure yet if I have to remove this shrub.
10 Along this path, I have Japanese maples, lilies, shade loving plants and lots of large Cimicifuga. It's all so lush and vibrant this time of year.
11 I love how well the Japanese maples are doing - they are so beautiful mixed with all the green of the hostas and ferns.
12 More beautiful hostas and Japanese maples.
13 Here is another view - I am so pleased with how well my shade garden is doing.
14 This is a view looking down the swimming pool towards my guest cottage.
15 Here is the pool from the opposite end. I usually fill the aqua glazed strawberry pots with a variety of different succulents and alocasias. The tall shrubs are European hornbeam. The smaller shrubs are boxwood.
16 The next day, I went further east to Gurney's in Montauk to appear at the Greycroft Summit. Situated on a pristine stretch of oceanfront, Gurney’s is a stunning year-round resort and spa. (Photo by Hank Jeffries)
17 Gurney's provides direct access to a 2,000-foot private sand beach, and features dramatic ocean views from its 146 rooms, suites, and beachfront cottages. (Photo by Hank Jeffries)
18 The Greycroft Summit is a private event for executives and technology entrepreneurs that focuses on digital innovation. It is a wonderful event where participants gather to learn new ideas and business opportunities. (Photo by Hank Jeffries)
19 We provided copies of the June issue of our magazine, Living, for all the attendees.
20 About 200 business executives and entrepreneurs attended the Greycroft Summit. (Photo by Hank Jeffries)
21 I was interviewed by Alan Patricof, co-founder and managing director of Greycroft Partners. I spoke about how I built my business, and how it has evolved over the years.
22 Alan is a longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital and private equity industries. In fact, he founded Apax Partners, which is one of the largest private equity firms in the world.
23 I talked about entrepreneurism, and my own career. (Photo by Hank Jeffries)
24 Alan and I also discussed social media, and talked about how technology has changed the way we all communicate today. (Photo by Hank Jeffries)
25 It was a very fun interview and discussion about business. (Photo by Hank Jeffries).
26 Journalist and author, Andrew Ross Sorkin, was one of the panel moderators at the Greycroft Summit.
27 He lead a discussion with Wade Davis, CFO of Viacom, and Bruce Campbell, Chief Development, Distribution and Legal Officer of Discovery.
28 Tim Kendall, president of Pinterest, also spoke. (Photo by Hank Jeffries)
29 It was a very informative conference. This year also marked Greycroft's 10th anniversary. (Photo by Hank Jeffries)
30 After the Summit, I took a helicopter back to our New York City offices, and got some beautiful aerial photos - I still had a busy day ahead.
31 This is Snug Harbor and Lake Montauk. Lake Montauk is a 900-acre embayment in Montauk, New York that is home to the largest commercial and sporting fish fleets in the state.
32 It was such a clear day for photos.
33 In just minutes, we were flying over Long Island - such stunning views.
34 It wasn't long before we were over New York City. This is the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge - a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.
35 This is an aerial view of LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York.
36 Here is a view of Manhattan from the east. Queensborough Bridge can be seen in the photo.
37 This is a view looking south at the East River and Roosevelt Island in the center. Roosevelt Island is a narrow island that lies between Manhattan Island and the borough of Queens. It's only about two-miles long.
38 Here we are looking south at Central Park. On the left of the Great Lawn softball fields is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
39 This is the Hudson River, on the west side of Manhattan looking south and heading toward our offices.
40 Such a beautiful view of the city. Here you can see midtown and the famous Empire State Building in the center.
41 The building right behind the left pier above is the historic Starrett Lehigh Building, where our offices have been located for 16-years. It was a lovely trip - and, now back to work.