September 3, 2015

Trimming My Weeping Willow Trees

One of my favorite trees is the weeping willow.

Weeping willows are wide and tall with beautiful curtains of drooping branches that sweep the ground. I have several groves of weeping willow trees growing at my farm - one that includes more than 25 trees in a marshy area in one of my lower fields.

As with all trees, weeping willows need to be pruned and trimmed regularly. Major pruning is best when trees are dormant, but because these weeping willows are fast growing, they tend to drop many twigs and branches, and often need additional maintenance during spring and summer.

All my weeping willows got a little trim this week. Here are some photos…

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September 2, 2015

My Pinetum Collection

As many of you know I am very fond of trees, and I love planting them. Since I purchased my Bedford farm, I’ve planted thousands of trees, and I am so happy most of them have thrived.

Recently, I added a few more specimens to my pinetum, an arboretum of pine trees and other conifers I developed in an area behind my equipment shed and near my weeping willow grove. The pinetum collection has grown so well over the years, I wanted to update you on its progress. This area includes pines, spruces and firs, as well as other evergreens. If you’re not sure how to tell some of these popular trees apart, here are some key tips:

Pines have needles that are arranged and attached to the branches in clusters of two, three or five. True pinecones are woody in nature, with a rigid feel.

Spruce and fir trees have their needles attached individually to the branches. Spruce needles are sharply pointed, square and easy to roll between the fingers. They're attached to small, stalk-like woody projections, and when the needles fall, the branches feel rough.

Fir needles are softer, flatter and cannot be easily rolled between the fingers. Fir needles are usually attached only on the upper side of the branch. Its branches lack projections, so the bark is smooth. And, a fir tree’s cones stand straight up on many species, or protrude outward on others.

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September 1, 2015

An Update on My Lily Pond Garden

Do you miss the hundreds of roses that had long been planted around my Lily Pond Lane home in East Hampton?
I know many of you recall I had all of the bushes dug up and transplanted at my Bedford farm a couple of years ago, where they are now growing and thriving quite nicely.The Lily Pond Lane gardens are also thriving - with beautiful perennials and other plantings. I wanted to share with you how much everything has grown and progressed. It’s been an amazing transformation, and I think you will be happy with what has taken shape… enjoy my photos.

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