June 15th, 2012
Moving Plants to Skylands
Posted by Francesca
This week was the big move of Martha’s tropical plants to Skylands so that the urns on the big terrace could all be planted. We Frenchies usually make this road trip with Uncle Carlos, but this time, it was G.K. who got to travel with him, while we flew the next day with Martha. We taught G.K. how to supervise and from the looks of things when we arrived, he did a fine job!
1 All right, guys! Be careful while packing the trailer! We need to get all of these plants to Skylands in tact!
2 Francesca, I'm always worried when we're not there to oversee the moving of plants to Skylands. Luckily, Uncle Carlos is going to travel with GK, so let's brief him on protocol so he can make sure everything gets unloaded properly!
3 All right, Uncle Carlos. Away we go! The girls are going to fly up to Maine with Martha tomorrow and I promised to keep you company and keep a watchful eye on these plants!
4 The plants have survived the journey, thank goodness! Hey guys, be careful with that alocasia! Ryan wrapped its leaves so they wouldn't get damaged during transport.
5 Are you sure you can handle that cycad all by yourself?
6 Now that the plants are safely unloaded, what should I do? The girls won't arrive until tomorrow.
7 I suppose it's time for another adventure for me, GK the Explorer! I'll just amble down the pink gravel drive.
8 I love visiting Skylands as much as Martha does! She fell in love with this property when she was invited here for a cocktail party here back in 1997 hosted by its owner, Mrs. Edward Leedes.
9 The Leedes were the second owners. The original owners, Edsel and Eleanor Ford, built the 35,000 square foot house, which was designed by architect, Duncan Candler, in 1925.
10 It's easy to see why Martha loves entertaining here. If the 12 bedrooms in the house aren't enough, there's also a guest cottage on the property!
11 The landscape was designing by Danish landscape architect and city planner, Jens Jensen. He created all of these beautiful pine needle-covered pathways and connecting rustic stone steps.
12 Jensen also designed the landscape of Ford's estate in Michigan. He's known for his prairie style design work that incorporates native plants and materials.
13 I could bask in the beauty out here all day, but my nose tells me someone is cooking up something delicious for lunch. Time to move this expedition into the kitchen!
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