May 23, 2024

My Gardens in May

Today in the Northeast, we’re expecting scattered thunderstorms and partly cloudy skies, but so much continues to flourish here at my Bedford, New York farm.

The scenery changes rapidly from day to day, week to week, especially this time of year with all the glorious late spring blooms. If you follow my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48, you’ve seen some of the recent photos I’ve shared - the lush trees, the colorful blooms, and all the fresh green foliage at every turn. The gardens are magical.

Enjoy these photos.

May 22, 2024

Planting More Than 100 Azaleas

Developing any garden takes time, planning, and lots of patience.

Three years ago, I decided to create an azalea border along one side of the carriage road between my Summer House and my stable. I wanted to plant lots of colorful azaleas - a variety of unique specimens in shades of pink, orange, crimson, and white. I already have many azaleas growing and flourishing in this area, but I wanted to expand the collection. First, we planted about 170 azaleas on one side of the carriage road, and then another 200 on the other side. Every year, my gardeners and I watch how the plants grow and add more where needed. This week, we're planting another 104!

Enjoy these photos.

May 21, 2024

Planting Boxwood Shrubs

I'm always looking for ways to improve my gardens.

Earlier this year, I decided to change the garden near my front gate. I removed the remaining trunks of a stand of white pines that were battered by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. In their place, I decided to plant a group of medium sized boxwood that would add both color and texture to the bed. I called on my friend, George Bridge, who first introduced me to boxwood more than 20-years ago to help me select just the right ones. George is a leading grower and supplier of one of the largest collections of unique and mature plants, trees, and boxwood in the United States. George delivered and planted three beautiful American boxwood shrubs and they look just perfect.

Here are some photos, enjoy.