September 11, 2021

Grooming My Summer House Garden

The gardeners and outdoor grounds crew at my Bedford, New York farm are busy with late season gardening chores - most recently, grooming the sunken garden behind my Summer House.

Some of you may recall, I began this formal garden more than 10 years ago. The focal point is the great old ginkgo tree at the back of the space that is original to the property. Over time, I've planted American and English boxwood, smaller ginkgo trees, smoke bushes, Siberian weeping pea shrubs, peonies, hostas, lilies, ferns, and so much more.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

September 10, 2021

Potted Plants from Snug Harbor Farm

It’s no secret how much I love potted plants - especially those rare and unusual varieties.

During my last visit to Maine, I purchased several specimens from Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk, Maine - a wonderful and charming nursery specializing in hard-to-find plants. Among the plants I brought home - Selaginella kraussiana or spike moss, Wodyetia bifurcata also known as Foxtail Palm, Cotyledon pendens, Nephrolepis falcata the Fishtail Fern, and Echeveria 'The Rose.'

Enjoy these photos, and please go to my new site Martha.com for useful gardening tools and supplies.

September 9, 2021

Keeping Garden Tools Sharp

My gardeners and outdoor grounds crew use their tools all year long, so it is important to keep them clean and in good working condition at all times.

If you're an avid gardener, you know sharp pruning tools not only make chores easier to complete, but they also make cleaner cuts, which allow plants to heal faster. Making clean cuts also exposes them to less damage from diseases, insects, fungi, and weather extremes. Everyone on the crew cleans, sharpens, and conditions their pruners, snips, and shears regularly. The process only takes a few minutes, and it keeps these gardening implements in proper working order.

Enjoy these photos.