May 26, 2015

A Memorial Day Evening Ride Around the Farm

This week, temperatures are expected to hit the high 80s here in the New York City area, but so far, forecasts don’t call for any significant rainfall.

Yesterday evening, after I returned home from a weekend in Maine, I decided to take a drive around the farm to see how all the flowers, trees and plants were doing. The dry conditions have been hard on the gardens - we’ve been using sprinklers wherever possible, but there’s nothing like a good soaking rain.

During the drive, I took these photos of the growth I observed. Despite the weather, everything is growing beautifully - enjoy them.

May 23, 2015

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

I want to wish you and your friends and families a very happy Memorial Day weekend.

For me, this weekend does signal a significant change of seasons. It is traditionally the weekend I go to Maine, to my home called Skylands, to plant the outdoor pots and planters. I take many plants from Bedford where they have wintered in the greenhouse, to fill the many pots there for summer enjoyment.

Our July issue of Martha Stewart Living will feature the terrace gardens, and the photographs will give you a good idea about the scope of the work we try to accomplish in the next three days.

Have fun, eat well and send photos of your barbecues! I will post on my blog what we are doing and what we are eating!

Most of all travel safely.


May 22, 2015

Lunch at Patsy Pollack's Country Cottage

Spring is the perfect time of year for outdoor lunches.

Last weekend, after our visit with Bunny Williams and our morning at the Trade Secrets rare plant and garden antiques sale in Sharon, Connecticut, we drove to a tranquil town in New York State, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch at the weekend home of our senior EVP of Merchandising, Patsy Pollack.

Patsy served a delicious buffet of Moroccan-themed dishes. We all enjoyed a delightful luncheon and walk through her pristine country gardens. I took several photos to share with you - enjoy.