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These planters are large -- each at least 24 inches in height. They are far less hefty than their original versions, but just as stately and magnificent in appearance.

Garden Pots and Planters from Pennoyer Newman

As an avid gardener, I am always in search of new pots and planters. One of my favorite sources is New York City's Pennoyer Newman, LLC, owned by Cecily Pennoyer and Virginia Newman Yocum, creators of distinctive garden containers that have been cast from estate originals.

 

With more than 20 years experience, Cecily and Virginia have provided planters to some of the most prestigious parks and institutions across the United States. They are committed to manufacturing quality products in an array of shapes and sizes, using materials that make their planters exceptionally lightweight, weather resistant, and durable. 

 

I wanted to show you some of the many large pots and planters I use around my farm, including a few beautifully handmade vessels from Pennoyer Newman.

 

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Here was another skeleton sitting nearby.

Halloween Preparations at My Farm

As you know, Halloween is among my favorite occasions, and at the end of every October, I love to decorate the front entrance to my farm in preparation for all the little ghosts and goblins that trick-or-treat on All Hallows' Eve.

 

I’ve acquired many ghoulish props over the years. I especially love the Halloween decorations from our Martha Stewart Living line at Home Decorators Collection

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Each bulb was placed into the hole, nose up, or roots down. If you're not sure which is which, place the bulb on its side. Eventually, no matter how a bulb is positioned in the ground, it will find its way up, so don't worry.

Transplanting Spring Blooming Bulbs

It is now November, and my outdoor grounds crew is busy with autumn chores -- among them, planting all the spring blooming bulbs. I plant thousands every fall, thinking about the swaths of color that will appear after the long, gloomy months of winter.

 

This season, I decided to move some of my existing bulbs first. This required pulling up some other plantings and stripping and moving some sod, but it will all look so fresh and beautiful come spring. I can’t wait!

 

 

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What does autumn look like where you live?

Fall Foliage at My Farm

This year’s fall foliage here in the Northeast has been so vibrant -- palettes of red, orange, yellow, and brown are seen across the landscapes. Soon, these autumn colors will fade, but I captured some beautiful photos of fall at my farm that I wanted to share with you.

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At the end of our journey, we stopped for lunch, made for us by Anne Neto, owner of <a href="http://www.netoscatering.net" target="_blank">Neto's Catering</a>: delicious chicken salad sandwiches and butternut squash soup. After our delicious boxed lunches, we posed for a quick photo. Jackie Ekholm, on the far left, is the owner of <a href="http://www.moochocolates.com" target="_blank">Moo Chocolates</a>, and handed out some for dessert.

An Autumn Horseback Ride in North Salem, New York

This past weekend, my friend Muffin Dowdle arranged a small group trail ride in North Salem, a charming town in the northeast part of Westchester County, New York. We all set out along a trail system maintained by the North Salem Bridle Trails Association. Our ride traversed beautiful paths and wide spaces through some of the area’s fabulous equestrian properties.

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