November 27, 2023

Planting Hundreds of Tulip Bulbs

The last of our spring-flowering bulbs are now planted. This latest batch - 1200 gorgeous and colorful tulips!

If you like spring flowers in your garden, autumn is the time to plant the bulbs because they require a sustained dormant period of cold temperatures in order to stimulate root development. Here at my Bedford, New York farm, we plant thousands of bulbs every year - daffodils, Puschkinia, Chionodoxa, Dutch Iris, Camassia, alliums, etc. It’s so exciting to see the swaths of color in the garden beds after a cold, dreary winter. Our tulips are from The Flower Hat - a floral design studio and farm in Bozeman, Montana dedicated to floral services and floral industry education. Last week, just before the holiday, we planted all of our tulip bulbs in a handful of raised beds in the vegetable garden. They will look marvelous come spring.

Enjoy these photos. And be sure to check in all this week for Thanksgiving images!

November 23, 2023

My Thanksgiving Pies

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a very safe and enjoyable holiday!

This morning I am busy cooking in my kitchen like all of you. I am preparing a stuffed and roasted 20-pound organic heritage turkey to add to my friend's buffet table. And of course, I am also making a big bowl of my mother's, "Big Martha," delicious mashed potatoes! Yesterday, I was busy baking 30-pies! I love baking pies and every Thanksgiving, I bake one for every member of my staff here at the farm to thank them for all their hard work during the year.

Here are some photos.


November 22, 2023

Planting Daffodil Bulbs in the Long Border

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, most of our spring-blooming bulbs are finally planted.

Every autumn we plant thousands and thousands of bulbs. A majority of them are daffodils. When I moved here, I established a long daffodil border along one side of my property. This border extends from my Summer House behind the stable and down to the north end of my Linden Allée. When the flowers are in bloom, I carefully assess what areas need more flowers and color, and then we plant in those spaces. This year, I selected bulbs from one of my favorite sources, Van Engelen Inc., a wholesale family-run flower bulb business located in Bantam, Connecticut. The varieties we got include 'Watch Up,' 'Frosty Snow,' 'Pink Wonder,' 'Edinburgh,' and 'Zinzi.'

Enjoy these photos.