May 27, 2015

Planting the Terrace Containers at Skylands

The terraces at Skylands are brimming with plant life and color once again.

I spent this past weekend at my home in Maine to carry out my yearly task of planting all the large urns, pots and planters. It’s quite an undertaking, but I actually enjoy the time, especially with the group that accompanies me from year to year. Many of the tropical and exotic specimens are stored in a hoop house at my Bedford farm during winter, and then carefully loaded onto a trailer and delivered to Maine for the summer months. As soon as I get there, I design the layout of where things should go, and then my gardener, Ryan McCallister, and I, oversee all of the planting chores.

It was a lot to do in just a couple of days, but as you’ll see in these photos, we had a wonderful time.

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.