May 6, 2021

Pruning Around the Pool

Outdoor spring chores at my Bedford, New York farm continue with a good pruning of the shrubs around my pool.

Around the outside of the pool fence, I have about 200 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple' shrubs. I always try to incorporate unique and interesting plantings into my gardens - both these shrubs have superlative color and appealing form. They were first planted in 2018 and have done so well in this area. Yesterday, I instructed my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, to prune them down so they were level with the fence - some of the shrubs had grown more than a foot above this line.

Here are some photos.

May 5, 2021

Caring for My Hosta Garden

I am always so glad to see new gardens thrive around my farm.

Last year around this time, we planted hundreds of hosta plants in a new garden down behind my chicken coop yard. I first got these plants as bare-root cuttings and kept them in a cold frame for several months until they were big enough to transplant. In all, about 700 hostas in a variety of cultivars including 'Wide Brim,' 'Francee,' 'Regal Splendor,' 'Elegans,' and 'Blue Angel.' Yesterday, we added a generous layer of mulch to the garden bed. I'm happy to report, all of the plants are doing great and growing wonderfully.

Here are some photos.

May 4, 2021

Washing My Polaris Ranger XP 1000

Here at the farm, it's time to wash my new Polaris Ranger XP 1000.

There's a lot that goes into maintaining a farm. My outdoor grounds crew is always busy working in the gardens, on the carriage roads, and in the woodlands. Whenever I am home, I am also very busy outdoors - I visit all my animals, check on the many plantings, plow the roads in winter, and harvest vegetables in summer. It is extremely important that we can all get around easily and efficiently. Here at Cantitoe Corners, we use Polaris Off Road vehicles. These mid-sized utility vehicles are very useful - I like how they can get into narrow spaces and drive off-road without damaging the grassy landscapes. They can get pretty dirty with all the use they get, but fortunately, these vehicles are also very easy to clean.

Enjoy these photos.