July 29, 2021

Making a Giant Batch of Food for My Dogs

So many of you comment on how much you appreciate my pet blogs - especially those that give step-by-step instructions for making food for my four dogs, Bete Noire, Creme Brulee, Empress Qin, and Emperor Han.

Every few weeks, I set aside time to make my dogs a good supply of home-cooked food. Preparing my own dog food has many benefits - fewer preservatives and additives, more varied and better ingredients and, of course, more of what I know my dogs will enjoy. I also know the food is from wholesome, organic, reputable sources - and that is very important to me. Yesterday, we prepared a giant batch of food filled with excellent quality chicken, beef, fish, quinoa, and lots of nutritious organic vegetables.

Enjoy these photos.

July 28, 2021

My Blooming White Lily Garden

The white lily garden at my Bedford, New York farm is overflowing with gorgeous blooms.

Two years ago, I decided to transform the area in front of my main greenhouse into a more formal garden with hostas and white lilies. The beds were planted in a grid pattern, framing squares across the entire area and then filling each square with about 25 lilies in each, organized by height from back to front. The lilies came from Zabo Plant, a wholesale bulb supplier in The Netherlands. Some of the varieties include: 'Severn', 'Saronno', 'Kayenta', 'Maxima', 'Crystal Blanca', 'Zambesi', 'Nova Zembla', 'Seine', 'Castellani', 'San Christina', 'Serena Madonna', and 'Roselily Angela'. The garden has flourished since it was first planted - looking more and more lush and vibrant every summer.

Enjoy these photos.

July 27, 2021

Maintaining My Winter House Terrace Gardens

We're making lots of progress with our long list of summer chores here at the farm.

This time of year can be very hectic - my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew are busy keeping up with all the rapid growth in the garden beds. Many days are spent trimming and pruning the hedges and shrubs, mowing the horse paddocks and hay fields, tending the vegetable and flower gardens - and of course, weeding, weeding, weeding. Last week, the team tackled the terraces outside my Winter House - clipping and shaping the boxwood and golden barberry.

Here are some photos, enjoy.