April 28, 2015

Hellebores Blooming at the Farm

Hellebores come in such an artful array of colors, markings and formations, it’s hard not to love these fascinating perennials. Sometimes known as Lenten rose or Christmas rose, these plants are long-lived, easy-to-grow and thrive in shady locations.

I’ve had hellebores in my gardens for many years, and I find it so rewarding to have blooms that start in March, and continue through spring until the end of May - to me, hellebores are must-haves for any gardener's collection.

Here are some photos of the hellebores blooming at my farm now — I hope you enjoy them.

April 27, 2015

The Blooming Daffodil Border

Brightly colored daffodils are blooming at my farm! And, looking at the swath of white and yellow narcissi gently blowing in the spring breeze always makes me so happy.

I started developing my long daffodil border in 2003, and after years of planning and adding to the collection, the border now extends the length of one side of my farm, from the summer house, past the stable and down to the Japanese maple grove. And, because daffodils multiply easily, more and more blooms emerge each year.

There are about 35 to 40 varieties planted in the daffodil border. Here is a photo gallery of those currently flowering - enjoy.

April 25, 2015

New England Bonsai Gardens

Bonsai is the art of dwarfing trees and growing them in containers. It’s often been referred to as a Japanese technique; however, it actually originated from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice more than a thousand years ago.

The bonsai tree is the symbol of the Martha Stewart Center for Living. It was selected because the bonsai grows more beautiful and more valuable with age. At the Gala event I hosted earlier this week, we displayed several bonsai trees at the entrance to our clerestory. These trees were purchased from New England Bonsai Gardens in Bellingham, Massachusetts.

When we picked up our bonsai trees, we had the opportunity to tour the greenhouses and see some of the exquisite specimens.

Here are some photos from our visit.