May 21, 2018

Trade Secrets 2018

Among my favorite events of the year is the Trade Secrets rare plant and gardening antiques sale - I always try to go if my schedule allows.

This weekend, despite all the rain here in the Northeast, more than a thousand visitors attended the annual Trade Secrets event in the picturesque town of Sharon, Connecticut. This philanthropic sale draws 60 of the region's finest growers, dealers, and artisans together every spring to sell unusual plants, garden antiques, and other unique outdoor objects. Trade Secrets was developed by interior designer, Bunny Williams, when she conducted the very first sale to downsize her collection of plants in her greenhouse 18-years ago. It was a success from the very beginning, and is now run at LionRock Farm. The proceeds go to the Women’s Support Services in northwestern Connecticut.

It's a wonderful sale and a very important cause - here are some photos. Enjoy.

May 19, 2018

A Gaggle of Goslings at My Farm

We have a gaggle of fluffy goslings here at my Bedford, New York farm.

As many of you know, I’ve had Pomeranian guard geese for many years. They keep watch over my flock of chickens. They’re also my pets. I love visiting them in their enclosure, and I appreciate their beauty and their company. Last weekend, five more geese joined my family - these are Sebastopol geese. I got them from breeder Brian Tallman in Pine Plains, New York. The Sebastopol goose originated in southeastern Europe, and is named after the Russian city. These goslings will weigh 12 to 14 pounds each when mature, and have long, soft-quilled frizzled feathers, but for now, they’re nothing less than absolutely adorable.

Enjoy these photos and have a great weekend.

May 18, 2018

Blooming Azaleas at My Farm

My azaleas are putting on quite a show at my Bedford, New York farm.

Of all the shrubs that flower in spring, azaleas and tree peonies provide some of the most brilliant displays. I have them planted together in a garden just outside my Summer House, and when they bloom this time of year, they make one corner of my property erupt with spectacular color.

Azaleas can thrive in a wide variety of growing conditions, which makes them so useful in many different landscapes. They are popularly referred to as the “royalty of the garden” - long adorned for their brightly colored flowers and evergreen foliage. Plant enthusiasts have selectively bred azaleas for years, producing thousands of different cultivars. Enjoy these photos.