May 12, 2021

Blooming Azaleas

My azaleas are putting on quite a show at my Bedford, New York farm.

Of all the shrubs that flower in spring, azaleas and tree peonies provide some of the most brilliant displays. I have them planted together in a garden just outside my Summer House, and when they bloom this time of year, they make one corner of my property erupt with spectacular color. This season, I added more than 150 azaleas along the carriage road to my stable - all different varieties and colors from pure white to pink to crimson to orange. Azaleas can thrive in a wide variety of growing conditions, which makes them so useful in many different landscapes. They are popularly referred to as the “royalty of the garden” - long adorned for their brightly colored flowers and evergreen foliage.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

May 11, 2021

My Japanese Maples in Spring

As you know, I absolutely love trees and have planted hundreds of them, of all types and sizes, here at my Bedford, New York farm. Among my favorites are the Japanese maples. And this time of year, mine are showing-off some beautiful spring color.

Many of my Japanese maples are varieties of Acer palmatum - trees that have been cultivated in Japanese gardens for centuries. Over the last several years, I’ve planted many of these trees in one section of a shade garden I call the Japanese Maple Woodland - not far from my chicken coops and stable barn. I just love them and always look forward to their gorgeous displays in spring and fall. These specimens provide countless variations in size, leaf shape, and color, creating a landscape of beauty and texture.

Enjoy these photos.

May 10, 2021

My Lilacs in Bloom

Are your lilacs blooming? My allee of lilac at my Bedford, New York farm is exploding with big, gorgeous, and fragrant flower clusters.

I love lilacs, and have enjoyed growing them for many years. In fact, the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris, has been part of the American landscape for centuries - lilacs planted in 1650 on Michigan’s Mackinac Island are some of the country's oldest known specimens. If you don't already have lilacs in your garden, I strongly encourage you to grow one, or two, or even three shrubs - they will give you years of beautiful blooms.

Enjoy these photos.