May 23, 2020

The Blooming Tree Peonies at My Farm

My tree peonies are looking so incredibly beautiful this year.

I adore tree peonies and have been collecting them for a long time. Here at my Bedford, New York farm, I have a tree peony border planted in semi-shade under a stand of giant, maples across from my Summer House. Many of the specimens were transplanted from my Turkey Hill garden while others were added more recently. All of them continue to thrive. Unfortunately, the tree peony season is very short - only seven to 10 days, but these unimaginably large, and often fragrant, white, pink, yellow, red, and burgundy flowers are some of my favorites and they’re blooming right now.

Enjoy these photos and see more of my peonies on my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48 taken by @seenbysharkey.

May 22, 2020

Bath Time for My Five Donkeys

For donkeys, there's nothing quite like rolling in a fresh patch of dirt. And, while rolling on the ground helps to scratch their backs, it's also a natural behavior for donkeys to cover themselves in the dust, which provides great insulation and protection from extreme cold and heat.

Here at my farm, my five donkeys, Rufus, Clive, Billie, Jude “JJ” Junior, and Truman “TJ” Junior, are no different - they, too, “live to roll.” However this week, the donkeys also got bathed - each one was thoroughly washed, soaped, and rinsed. My stable crew does this often during the warmer months to keep them clean and healthy.

Enjoy these fun photos of “bath time.”

May 21, 2020

Planting in My Vegetable Garden

The beds in my vegetable garden are filling up quickly.

My gardeners and outdoor grounds crew have been very busy in the vegetable garden down by my chicken coops. After making all the beds and spreading hay on the main footpath, they planted a number of crops. Many plants were started from seed in the greenhouse, such as the brassicas - kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage - 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.