May 2, 2015

The Friesians Get A Check-Up

It’s the first Saturday of May, and that means it’s time for the Kentucky Derby! Today is the 141st running of the Grade 1 Stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s often referred to as the “most exciting two minutes in sports” because of the suspense during the approximate duration of the race, and also “the run for the roses” because of the blanket of roses draped over the winner at the finish line.

Horses are amazing animals. I have always appreciated them for their beauty and their companionship. I now have 10 residents in my stable - five Friesians, a Fell pony, a Shetland pony and three Sicilian donkeys. Caring for equids is a huge responsibility, but it brings me great joy to see that they are happy and in the best possible health.

This week, my large equine veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Kilgallon, made a stable visit to my farm to check on my beautiful Friesians, and I’m pleased to say, all of them are doing very well.

Here are some photos of their visit with the doctor…

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May 1, 2015

Transplanting Roses at the Farm

It’s transplanting time for the roses!
If you’re thinking of moving any of your rose plants, early spring is the best time, when the plants are just coming out of winter dormancy.

This week, I transplanted a few climbing rose bushes from one side of the new flower garden to the center, where they could grow and flourish on four tower trellises. These rose bushes are just several of the many I transplanted from my home in East Hampton two years ago.

All the rose plants survived that move and are thriving - I can’t wait to see them all in full bloom.

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April 30, 2015

Planting Peas at the Farm

This week has been very productive at the farm - we finished prepping the flower garden, and we planted our first crop in the vegetable garden - peas!
Peas thrive in cool weather and young plants can even tolerate light frosts. It’s important to plant peas as soon as possible in spring in order to get a full harvest before hot summer temperatures arrive.
My gardener, Ryan, planted several varieties of shelling peas and edible pods along the fence in the vegetable garden.
It was the perfect weather day to take some photos of this process - enjoy them.

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