May 25, 2022

More Planting in My New Azalea Grove

Developing a garden takes a lot of planning, time, and patience, but come next year, I'll have more gorgeous azaleas blooming than ever before here at my Bedford, New York farm.

Last weekend, I purchased 150 beautiful azaleas from White's Nursery in Germantown, Maryland. White’s Nursery specializes in azaleas as well as rhododendrons. All the plants are for my new azalea grove - a garden I designed along two sides of the carriage road between my Summer House and my stable. We've already planted more than 370 azaleas in this area - shades of pink, orange, crimson, yellow, and white. I just love azaleas! Of all the shrubs that flower in spring, azaleas provide some of the most brilliant displays. I am so excited to see this garden mature.

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May 24, 2022

The Blooming Viburnum

All the gardens at my Bedford, New York farm are looking so vibrant and full this year. Among the eye-catchers right now are all the viburnums exploding with blooms around my Winter House.

Viburnums have long been one of the most popular flowering landscape shrubs. This large group of plants consists of more than 150 species and numerous named cultivars. Viburnums include deciduous and evergreen specimens as well as small trees, mostly native to North America or to Asia. The flowers come in three major types - flat clusters of florets, flat umbels outlined with larger blossoms, and dome-shaped, snowballs. I grow several varieties here at Cantitoe - and all are my favorites.

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May 23, 2022

The Donkeys Get Summer Haircuts

As spring transitions to summer and days get more hot and humid, it’s important that all the animals on my farm are kept as comfortable as possible.

Last week, Helen and Dolma from my stable crew gave all the Sicilian donkeys a good summer clipping to remove all the extra coat left over from this past winter. Not only will this help keep them cooler during the coming season, but it will also prevent their coarse fur from matting.

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