March 29, 2023

The Big Burlap Removal Process Begins at My Farm

And just like clockwork, this time every year my outdoor grounds crew begins the process of removing all the burlap around the farm, exposing the lush green boxwood that has been covered all winter long.

Every autumn for as long as I’ve been gardening I’ve covered all my boxwood shrubs, various winter-sensitive plants, and outdoor ornamental urns to protect them from the season’s heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures, and damaging winds. Then, every spring when the ground begins to thaw, it’s all removed and stored away. The entire process is a big undertaking; however, knowing my plants are protected in the cold is a great comfort. And seeing all the healthy, intact shrubbery and foliage at the start of a new season is an even greater delight.

Enjoy these photos.

March 28, 2023

Moving the Donkeys to a Different Pasture

There's always lots to do here at my Bedford, New York farm. Among our latest projects - moving the donkeys and their run-in shed.

I have several large pastures - enclosed spaces where my Friesians, Fell pony, and donkeys are turned out to exercise and graze. Recently, I decided to move my donkeys to another paddock on the north side of my stable, where they can view farm activities from a different location. Doing this meant we also had to relocate the donkey run-in shed. Run-in sheds are three-sided buildings that allow horses and donkeys free-choice access during inclement weather. My crew took on this task and got the job done in just a couple of hours.

Enjoy these photos.



March 27, 2023

Photos from My Trip to Madagascar, Part Two

There is so much to see in Madagascar - it is incredibly rich in wildlife and natural beauty.

Remote and isolated, Madagascar is home to many unique plants and animals. In fact, nearly 90-percent of its wildlife is endemic to the island. The diverse terrains include volcanic mountain chains, rock formations, sharp limestone cliffs, rainforests, and beaches. My family visited Madagascar during its hot, wet season which extends from November to April. From May to October, it is cooler and much drier with temperatures dropping as low as 50-degrees Fahrenheit. Our daily excursions included walks through Madagascar's national parks, helicopter rides over the coastline, and visits with some of the local villagers. It was a trip we will be talking about for years to come.

Here are more photos, enjoy.