May 7, 2015

Narcissus 'Martha Stewart'

The new ‘Martha Stewart’ daffodils are blooming beautifully in my garden.

Earlier this week, I uploaded photos on Twitter and Instagram of a new daffodil… did you happen to see them? They were of a new variety of Narcissi named after me by Van Engelen Inc., a wholesale flower bulb company in Bantam, Connecticut. Narcissus ‘Martha Stewart’ is a Karel van der Veek hybrid showing a perfectly formed three-inch white perianth surrounding a pale yellow cup edged in a thick band of frilly apricot-pink. In full bloom, these flowers grow to about 16-18 inches tall. They all look so stunning planted underneath the six weeping willow trees at the end of the Pin Oak Allee behind my Equipment Barn.

All the daffodils at the farm are blooming so nicely this year, and the Daffodil Border is bursting with color and zest. Recent good weather and low winds have helped sustain their beauty. Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

May 6, 2015

Exercising with Power Plate

One of the things I do to stay healthy and fit is to make sure I exercise every single day. Aside from eating right and getting enough sleep, exercise keeps me trim and boosts my energy. Most of my workouts are done early in the morning in my home gym, with my personal trainer, Mary.

Yesterday, I used my newest Power Plate. It’s a great piece of exercise equipment that utilizes whole body vibration technology to activate more muscles and to intensify workouts. It works on all the different muscle groups to build strength, increase flexibility, and improve circulation - it even provides a massage at the end of my session. In fact, Power Plate is engineered to address many wellness and fitness needs, from restoring and maintaining optimal health to providing anti-aging treatments and physical rehabilitation. It’s an excellent exercising enhancing machine that can be used by adults of every age and ability.

I always enjoy using my Power Plate. Here are a few photos showing some of the movements I’ve incorporated into my routine over the years.

May 5, 2015

Spring Is Here

It’s wonderful to see the gardens transform this time of year. Every day, something new comes to life or blooms with vibrant spring color. The temperatures in the Northeast have been rising, and recent days have been beautiful and sun filled.
I often walk around the farm early in the day to see the progress and changes that have occurred. This past weekend I took a few photos to share with you - enjoy them.