August 23, 2016

Pruning the Hornbeams at the Farm

It's pruning time for all the hornbeams at my farm.

Last week, the outdoor grounds crew began trimming the long hornbeam hedge that runs in front of my Summer House, and along the road behind my Winter House. This week, they are tackling the hornbeam hedge that runs along the same road in front of my main greenhouse as well as other stand alone hornbeam specimens. Botanically known as Carpinus, the hornbeam is deciduous and fast growing - in fact, it can grow about four to five feet per year. I keep a close eye on all the hornbeams - it’s crucial that they be pruned regularly, so they never look too overgrown and unruly.

It is quite a task, but the end result is well worth the effort - take a look at our process.

August 22, 2016

A Summer Weekend in Maine

Whenever I go to Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine, the days are always filled with lots of great activities - hiking, shopping, and touring local gardens are often on my list. I also love spending time with my family and good friends while preparing and sharing some of the best meals of the season.

This year has been especially memorable. I’ve hosted and enjoyed numerous gatherings - large cocktail receptions as well as smaller, more casual breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The flowers from my gardens have been abundant and gorgeous, and with the vegetable gardens, both in Bedford and at Skylands, producing so much bounty, our meals have been sensational! Here are a few more photos from my most recent visit to Maine - enjoy.

August 20, 2016

Moving the Peafowl

It's moving day for my beautiful peafowl.

Yesterday, the weather was very pleasant - quite calm, and not too warm. It was the perfect day to introduce the peacocks, peahens and peachicks to their new homes. These birds are housed in three different locations at the farm - the peafowl pen, the corn crib, and in a coop within the chicken yard designated as the "nursery" for new birds.

One by one, we moved the adult peafowl to their new structure near my allee of lindens. It will take a few weeks for them to acclimate to their new surroundings, but in time, I am sure they will love it. Here are some photos from the move. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!