Saturday, April 30, 2011
The famous cherry trees around the tidal basin in Washington DC are double cherries with complex full blooms. This cheery tree in my garden has simple single blooms, I chose this version as it has a more vertical growth pattern and does a good job of blocking out my neighbor.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The village of Southampton built this fine new police station. The building was designed by the architect Ric Stott . The structure has some very nice arts and craft style details reminiscent of work by turn of the century architect Grosvenor Atterbury who was also active in this area.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sometimes the South Fork has weather all it's own. Today it was clear, sunny and mid 80s in the city. Out east the fog rolled in from the ocean and we did not get warmer than the mid 60s. This field near the ocean shows a layer of mist hovering in the air.
Monday, April 25, 2011
I think some areas of older homes are mixed about how they feel about solar panels on roofs. If the street front of your homes faces south, it can be difficult to hide the panels and have them effective. This home took the smart solution of placing the panels on the pool house tucked in the back yard.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
This fine two story building has a multitude of functions, parking garage, artists loft even a root cellar. For years passers by had a clear view of a large canvas on the easel set in the big window. The complex roof line is exceptional and I think worth note.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Spring bulbs take a bit of planning. If you do not plant the bulbs in the fall, you will not have blooms in the spring. Last fall I tried for more bulbs planted into the ivy in the back part of the yard. The squirrels had other plans and yanked them all up. These daffodils survived, hid in the main garden.I plant them near day-Lillie's so the remaining greens are less obvious when they get messy after blooming.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Halsey family has been farming their lands here from before there was a New York State. In the 90's they added these state-of-the-art green houses from Holland to the farm on Deer Field Road. It has been a raw cold spring this year, enjoying all the blooms and the warmth of a green house was nice this afternoon.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
My friend Tom has an exceptional garden that he has designed and maintained. I asked him how I should be cutting back my climbing rose. After talking about cutting he explained that if the branches are trained latterly you will get more blooms. The rose wants to bloom at the top of each stem and this confuses the plant into making more blooms.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Today it was 84 degrees in the city, but the fog rolled in out here and we did not beak 55. The construction of this very large home on the ocean in Sagaponac was a big deal at the time, now that the property has grown in and it does not seem to be such a big deal.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Driving along Edge of Woods Road in Water Mill the road passes through an extensive horse farm. Horseness has grown a lot in Hamptons over the past twenty years, maybe as an aside to the Hampton Classic Horse Show. This field has been taken over by about a dozen deer. I expect they will move off when the expected tenants arrive with the warmer weather.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
This fine early American house in the Conscience Point area of North Sea has a fine Brownstone foundation. I have seen older homes with grey field stone foundations and some with brick foundations. I was interested where Brownstone comes from. 'The Hummelstown Quarry is the largest provider of brownstone on the east coast', this quarry is located near Harrisburg PA. Brownstone is a from of Sandstone.
Friday, April 8, 2011
The view from the bluff in North Sea includes the Peconic Bay and Robins Island. Robins Island is a 435 acre private island between the north and south forks of the eastend. The island's deed goes back to 1615 and includes riparian rights. Most beaches in New York State allow public access to the high tide mark. The beaches and near water at Robins Island are private property predating the state of New York.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Most of the Eastend is very flat. There is a big bluff where North Sea Harbor opens into the Peconic Bay. This large sandy bluff is know as Holms Hill and is visible from much of the bay, a helpful reference point when boating. Houses set on this hill have a stunning view out over the Bay. The photo of the beach with two rocks from my earlier posting is from the base of this bluff.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Some plants are more cold tolerant than other. Basil can not take any cold. Placement can also help as low spots can hold the cold air. These pansies are planted id in wide pots up on a garden wall. These plants are so alpine in nature that they did not seem to mind the lumps of frozen earth in the potting soil when I planted them.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Main Street runs north south through the center of Southampton Village. Taking the road north the main artery becomes North Sea Road, with North Main branching off as a minor road. Further north Noyac Road splits off North Sea Road. Most traffic takes Noyac Road in the direction of Sag Harbor. The remaining section of North Sea Road becomes a quiet back water and ends at this fine bay beach.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
This trail of crushed stone leads out to the tip of Conscience Point. The point is a fine walk jutting out into North Sea Harbor. The spot is claimed as the first spot that English settlers from Lynn, MA landed in New York State in 1640. The town of Southold, NY does not share this view of history.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
This home sports a pair of Cryptomerias flanking each side of the front door like sentries. The Cryptomeria is a Japanese Cedar tree, often sold as shrubs, it is easy to forget that they can grow into large trees. I like this tree a lot and have made a point of planting one at my home.
Friday, April 1, 2011
This little know grove of redwoods are located in a quiet corner of East Sea Neck off Cedar Towd Road just north of the Mid-Hampton Peaks area. The state DEC does not encourage people to frequent the area as it is also home to the giant tiger salamander. These large salamanders many over eight feet long are a rare and endangered species, larger than Komodo dragons, they can also be dangerous to people.