February 27, 2017

My Collection of Begonias

My collection of begonias continues to expand.

I have long loved begonias - with their bold, beautiful foliage and delicate flowers, it’s hard to resist such an amazing family of plants. Begonia is a genus in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains at least 1500 different plant species and numerous hybrids. They are native to Mexico, Central and South America, Asia and South Africa - regions with tropical and subtropical climates.

There are different types of begonias, including tuberous begonias, semperflorens begonias, rex begonias, and rhizomatous begonias. Rhizomatous begonias are grown for their interesting and spectacular leaves. They come in an array of sizes, colors and textures, and can be small or large, smooth or veiny, decorated in bold accents of red, copper and silver or subtle shades of green. While the plants can grow very large horizontally, they don’t reach great heights because they grow from the rhizomes, which creep along the soil, or just above it in twisted trunks. And, rising over the foliage - small, dainty blooms in shades of pink and white. Here's a look at some of the begonias growing in my greenhouse - enjoy.

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February 25, 2017

Photos of My Farm Using a Mavic Pro Drone from DJI

Many of you often comment on how much you enjoy seeing photos of my Bedford, New York farm - I know you'll love these beautiful aerial views.

Recently, a wonderful team from DJI, a market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems, came to the farm with a new model drone called the Mavic Pro. I have flown several different drones over the years, but none as cutting-edge as this one. During the visit, I learned how to take off, navigate, record video, shoot photos and land the device. It was so much fun to fly and so easy to control despite the day's windy winter weather. I can't wait to take it out again and fly it with my grandchildren. 

Here are some of the photos I took with the Mavic Pro, and a glimpse at another fun DJI instrument - the Osmo Mobile, which enables you to take still images and motion timelapse videos using a simple hand-held recording stick. For more information, go to DJI's web site by clicking on this highlighted link, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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February 24, 2017

A New Peacock Arrives at the Farm

My gorgeous flock of peafowl continues to expand.
 
As many of you know, I've grown quite fond of peafowl. I have two adult peacocks, three adult peahens, and their offspring - several fast growing peachicks. Last weekend, I added another bird to my group - a two-year old Bronze male - I shared a glimpse of him in a blog earlier this week. This new peacock came from Pedda Reddy, a very knowledgeable and passionate peafowl breeder and raiser. Pedda is also where I got my other beautiful male peacocks - a Black Shoulder Pied and a Black Shoulder Silver Pied.
 
This new young bird won’t be fully mature until three years of age, when he grows his first train of upper tail covert feathers. But for now, he is happy, healthy and seems to be enjoying his first week here at Cantitoe Corners. Enjoy these photos.

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