Yesterday, I opened my gardens at Cantitoe Corners in Bedford to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting hardy, herbaceous perennials through year-round interesting and educational activities.
Before leaving for an event to promote my latest book, “Appetizers”, I stopped to meet the group and to welcome them to my home.
Here I am with Bob Hyland and Ryan. Bob's husband, Andrew Beckman, is my former head gardener and the former gardening editor of Living.
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A popular garden tour stop is the chicken coops. My flock of chickens, Guinea hens and geese were enjoying some shade, and roosting on one of several natural perches we built from felled trees.
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Some of you have asked about the trees in the Laura Plimpton Japanese Maple Grove at my farm. I am happy to share they are all doing well, including the newest group of young specimens I planted earlier this summer.
Japanese maples are native to areas of Japan, Korea, China and Russia. The leaves of these trees can be deep red to green to variegated.
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Wilmer places the tree into the hole, making sure the depth of the hole is correct, and that the tree sits level.
This weekend, balloon pilot and certified FAA instructor, Michael Blum, owner of Balloons Over Westchester, LLC., brought his hot-air balloon to my farm.
Unfortunately, morning fog interrupted the flight and forced the balloon to land prematurely, but we captured beautiful photographs as the balloon flew overhead, and we watched the entire process of preparing and inflating the equipment for take-off. It was very interesting and informative.
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Here was the vent at the top of the balloon as seen from the inside of the fully inflated envelope. Michael checked to be sure there were no tangled lines, and pulled the Velcro-tabs open, so cool air could exit the balloon.
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And they took off. Here they were about 100-feet in the air.
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Another image of all of us in front of my Greenhouse as the balloon went higher. The cutting garden can be seen behind the Greenhouse.
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Linda got out of the balloon to make the load lighter, so Michael was able to move the balloon over.
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So many of you have commented on how much you enjoy seeing photos of my pets. Most recently, I was asked to share an update on my beautiful cats, my seal point Himalayan, Bartok, and my dominant calico Persians, Princess Peony and Empress Tang. As you will see, all three cats are doing very well, and are enjoying this transition to cooler autumn weather.
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I think she likes it here. At least, we all hope she does...