June 21, 2024

Early Summer Blooms

Early summer is such an exciting time at the farm because so much is growing and blooming, especially in my perennial flower garden.

It takes a lot of time to maintain a garden this large. It measures 150-feet by 90-feet. I, along with my gardeners, are constantly weeding and watering, and then weeding again. Every year, I add a number of flowering plants to this collection. And now, it is so full of color.

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June 20, 2024

Using My STIHL Push Mower

I am always on the lookout for innovative, sensible, and easy-to-operate tools and supplies to use around my Bedford, New York farm. It's important that my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew have “the right tool for the right job.”

I've been using STIHL products for many years. STIHL is recognized as a worldwide leader in outdoor power equipment and offers an extensive lineup of more than 80 different pieces including professional-grade chainsaws, blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, pruners, and more. Not long ago, I received one of STIHL's new push mowers. It's great for using in between the raised beds in my vegetable garden, under the pergola, along the various allées, and any other flat, narrow spaces around my home. It gets into tight areas and provides good, precise cuts.

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June 19, 2024

Planting BloomStruck® Bigleaf Hydrangeas

I am always thinking of ways to enhance the gardens here at my Bedford, New York farm. Developing them takes time, patience, and knowledge about what grows best in a specific location.

I love hydrangeas and have been collecting them for years. Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plants grown for their large flower heads, which are excellent in cut arrangements and for drying. I recently decided to plant BloomStruck® Bigleaf Hydrangeas around my peafowl and goose pens outside my stable. These flowering plants are from the Endless Summer Hydrangeas Collection. I know they will flourish here with their large blue-purple to vivid rose-pink blooms.

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