July 22, 2017

Trimming the Hornbeam Hedges

The big task of pruning the hornbeam hedges is in full swing at my farm.

This week, the outdoor grounds crew trimmed the hornbeam hedge in front of my main greenhouse. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus, the hornbeam is a fast growing deciduous tree that can grow up to several feet per year. I like to maintain it using a traditional European style of pruning, so it has a nice, sculpted appearance. This means, it’s crucial that the hedge be trimmed regularly, so it doesn’t look overgrown and unruly.

It is quite a chore, but the end result is so beautiful - enjoy these photos.

July 21, 2017

Another Bountiful July Harvest

Here in the Northeast, temperatures remain well into the 90s, with lots of humidity.

Despite the uncomfortable summer weather, the vegetables at my Bedford, New York farm are thriving, and the gardens are looking spectacular this season. Fortunately, we were able to harvest another sizable amount of vegetables just in time for my weekend trip to my home in East Hampton. I am hosting a party, so I am very happy to have such fresh and delicious produce to share.

Here is an update on what we picked this week - enjoy these photos.

July 20, 2017

Staking the Lilies

My long, winding pergola will soon be filled with striking tiger lily blooms.

This pergola goes through several transformations during the year. In late spring, bold purple and white alliums cover the area, followed by the delicate shades of lavender and blue from the flowering clematis vines that wrap around each of the granite posts. And now, hundreds of lily stems line the garden bed. These flowers can grow very tall - many are more than six-feet. Most lilies have strong wiry stems, but those with heavy flower heads often need staking. In order to keep them looking their best, my gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, use bamboo uprights and twine to give them added support. 

Here are photos of our process and the pretty lily flowers that grow around my home. Enjoy.