November 22, 2021

November Colors Around the Farm

This year's autumnal hue-fest continues at my Bedford, New York farm.

We've had an unusually warm fall, causing much of the delay in the changing leaves. It's the shorter days and cooler air temperatures that cue trees to change their leaf color from green to red, yellow, brown, and gold. The vibrant fall colors are also an important indicator of a forest's health - that the trees are getting the rainfall and temperature they need to thrive. We captured some of the late season colors after a recent rain, and they did not disappoint.

Enjoy these photos.

November 20, 2021

Fall Chores Around the Farm

What autumn chores are you doing this weekend? Now that the days are getting colder and all the trees are dropping their leaves, my outdoor grounds crew is busy with fall cleanup.

To stay organized during seasonal transitions, I create very detailed lists of all that needs to be done around my Bedford, New York farm. Over the last few weeks, my team has been working hard blowing leaves, cleaning equipment, covering air-conditioner pits, bleeding and storing hoses, winterizing the greenhouses, and installing heaters in all the coops. Our annual fall burlap project has also begun - that's when all the outdoor urns and precious boxwood shrubs and hedges are covered with protective burlap. So far, the weather has cooperated and allowed us lots of time to ready the property for the cold season ahead.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

November 19, 2021

Decorating with Potted Plants for a Special Dinner

Whenever I entertain, I love to decorate my home with a wide assortment of potted plants that provide interesting and expressive foliage.

Yesterday, in preparation for a special dinner I am hosting this weekend at my Bedford, New York farm, I asked my gardener, Brian O'Kelly, to fill my Winter House with a collection of beautiful houseplants - orchids, begonias, ferns, and other cheerful succulents to welcome my guests.

Here are some photos, enjoy.