December 7, 2016

Wrapping My Outdoor Urns with Burlap

Our great "burlapping" project continues at the farm.

As many of you know, I've been covering shrubs and hedges with burlap for many years to protect the branches from splaying and even breaking from the weight of snow and ice. Every season, our wrapping methods become easier and more streamlined, giving me peace of mind during the cold weather months.

I feel it is equally important to protect my outdoor garden ornaments from the harsh winter elements. A winter freeze, alternating with thaws, could crack or crumble any kind of stone, or cement, especially if it is antique. During this time, all my outdoor containers, planters, and birdbaths, are drained, and covered in the same burlap used for my live specimens. Here are some photos of this process.

December 6, 2016

Wrapping My Boxwood Hedges with Burlap

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, the outdoor grounds crew is busy "burlapping".

One of the first signs winter is just around the corner is the sight of burlap being wrapped around various shrubs and hedges. Burlap covers protect the tender branches from splaying and breaking from the weight of snow, while shielding the foliage from freezing windburn. It is a practice I've followed for many years, and I think it also provides a cozy and pretty look to the winter landscape. This season, we've been very fortunate - milder autumn temperatures allowed us to get a good start on this great "burlapping" project. Yesterday, however, we woke up to a coating of snow, so winter is fast approaching.

Here are some photos.

December 5, 2016

Visiting the Famous Pike Place Market in Seattle

A visit to Seattle, Washington is just not complete without a stop at the famous Pike Place Market.

During a recent business trip to the west coast, I dropped by the century-old market to do a little shopping. Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operated year-round public farmers' markets in the United States. It overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle and attracts more than 10-million visitors annually. Pike Place Market houses local farm stands, owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, specialty food stores and so much more. If you haven't already stopped by this bustling marketplace, I encourage you to do so the next time you're in Seattle's historic district - you won't be disappointed. If you have visited Pike Place Market, tell me what you liked best in the comments below.

Here are some photos - enjoy.