May 30, 2023

My Growing Hosta Garden

"Sleep, creep, leap" is an adage many gardeners use to describe the yearly phases a perennial goes through to reach its full mature size - and what a difference the time makes.

In 2020 here at my farm, we planted hundreds of hosta plants down behind my chicken coop yard across the carriage road from my allée of lilac. I first got the plants as bare-root cuttings and kept them in a cold frame for several months until they were big enough to transplant. In all, more than 700 hostas in a variety of cultivars including 'Wide Brim,' 'Francee,' 'Regal Splendor,' 'Elegans,' and 'Blue Angel.' That first year they "slept," the second year, they "crept," and now three years later, they're "leaping," filling the space with beautiful, verdant foliage.

Enjoy these photos of their development.

May 27, 2023

What's Blooming in My Flower Garden?

This year, everything seems to be blooming earlier in the gardens - my flower garden is bursting with so much color and life.

The perennial flower cutting garden is located just outside my main greenhouse at the foot of my long clematis pergola. My gardeners and I spend a lot of time caring for this garden - carefully placing and planting each specimen. Right now it is already showing off many lupines, poppies, columbines, irises, dianthus, alliums, peonies, and more. Such a gorgeous welcome to summer this Memorial Day Weekend.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

May 26, 2023

Planting Eggplants and Peppers in My Vegetable Garden

The season's outdoor vegetable crops are all thriving and looking great.

My gardeners and outdoor grounds crew have been very busy in my new vegetable garden. Over the last six weeks, we've planted many crops - potatoes, asparagus, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, artichokes, herbs and more. This week, we planted eggplants and peppers - both sweet and hot. I love these vegetables and always plant enough to share with my family and friends. Soon the entire garden will be filled with rows of wonderful and nutritious produce.

Enjoy these photos.