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!

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All right, guys!  Be careful while packing the trailer!  We need to get all of these plants to Skylands in tact!

1 All right, guys! Be careful while packing the trailer! We need to get all of these plants to Skylands in tact!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

Are you sure you can handle that cycad all by yourself?

5 Are you sure you can handle that cycad all by yourself?

Now that the plants are safely unloaded, what should I do?  The girls won't arrive until tomorrow.

6 Now that the plants are safely unloaded, what should I do? The girls won't arrive until tomorrow.

I suppose it's time for another adventure for me, GK the Explorer!  I'll just amble down the pink gravel drive.

7 I suppose it's time for another adventure for me, GK the Explorer! I'll just amble down the pink gravel drive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Comments (18)

  • Good morning GK,
    How fitting that you were the one posting today. As you know today we are doing a Tribute to Dads day and seeing you in these pictures was exactly what I needed. I am so proud of you GK. All a father ever wants is for his children to do well in whatever walk in life they are on and you have done a grand job in helping at the farm, at competing at the dog shows, at being a brother to Francesca and Sharkey and a great companion for Martha and Uncle Carlos.
    As for my Tribute to Dad or a male role model in my life, that would be Dick Roberts. Karen is divorced so when I am with her it is just her and Mammy Jean and the other chows. When I am with Gerry and Dick I have a male to bond with and do manly things together. He gets up early and takes us chows for a nice walk. He sneaks us goodies when he is in the kitchen and he sits and talks to us and tells us stories about the stock market. When I was going to Jan, my handler's house, her sonStephen was a good role model for me too. He would get down on the floor and play with me and we would have a great time. Sp, I thank these men for the role they have played in my life. Happy Father's Day.
    I can't wait to hear what you guys have to say today.
    I will check back later. And, I am waitng for Cora-Belle to comment. I am getting worried Cora-Belle, Well, I am not getting worried. I am already worried. So, check in so we know you are alright.
    Love to all,
    Maddox
    PS - I want to say Happy Father's Day to my natural dad too. His name is Morgan. I never met him. My mom, well, let's just say she was young and she saw this guy and she thought he was hot and one thing lead to another and, ok, I will just say it. She had a one night stand and 2 months later, my and my three siblings were born. There now you all know.
    Oh it feels so good to come clean about this. hehehehe

  • Good Morning F, S & GK

    Hey Maddox I took your advice and got my mom up earlier, just a few extra loud snores and gas toots did the trick ;)

    GK that was very nice of you to keep Uncle Carlos company on the way to Maine. F & S I'm with you screw the car ride put me in an airplane. Mom and I hate long drives we'd much rather fly. Dad use to have his own plane so he really hates flying commercial but would rather do that than drive. I never got to fly in his plane he sold it before I joined the family.

    Mom and I have to go shopping tonight to get dad his father's day gift. We have no idea what to get the dad who has everything. We plan on making him surf and turf for dinner Sunday. I'll head up the grill and the Labs can do the cleanup - I don't do dishes.

    I wish all the Dad's out there a very happy Father's Day. Enjoy your weekend Glue Squad :)

    Zoe

  • Good morning G.K.
    Looks like you and the guys have everything (plant-wise) under control and waiting for the girls to arrive. I didn't realize this house was so large! I'd get lost for sure. LOL
    I woke my Papa up early today in my best way. I stand up at his side of the bed and scratch away!
    He's never mad, he just says,"ready to get up, buddy?" and off we go!
    Sometimes Papa picks me up and we dance around the room. Then he takes me to the kitchen & I scratch Mimi's back a little. She says "thank you, I needed that!". I love my Papa. We're real buddies. We're going to my human brothers house for a cook out on Sunday. Then kids will be excited to see me visiting them! The kitties, too. The kitties are Mr. Lulu & Mr. Fatters. LOL
    Have a great weekend everybody!
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    That GK sure does get around. I would like to take a trip to Maine one of these days. It looks like it would be a great place to visit or live. I would enjoy the winters best of all. I love the cold and snow; bring it on.
    I knew that Daddy and I were meant for one another the first time I looked into his eyes. I know he felt the same way but it did take him a little while before realizing it. He has taken very good care of me for the past ten years; more than any animal could ever expect. In return I have been there for him. I was the one who found his cancer, with my good nose, back in 09, but he was really good to me before that. I went to the southwest in 2005 and saw many wonderful sights. I stood beside him and looked deep into the Grand Canyon. In 2006 he took me to Alaska. That was so exciting with all the smells and places. I can remember all those long walks we took together. By the way, Mommy went with us; could say she was a tagalong, Hehehehe. One day I stepped on a yellow jacket nest. Those bees were all over me. I ran into the house and to my Daddy. He ran his fingers through my hair and pulled out over 20 of them not caring if he was stung or not. Like I said, we take care of one another because of our love. My Daddy is the best.
    Happy Fathers Day all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • News alert!!!!!
    I just got a special message that came into my head, it was like a phone call from "the bridge" It was our little buddy, Basil the Warrior Prince. He wanted me to let Will know that he is very grateful to him for taking him into his home and loving him all those years and to Weston for helping to be his care giver. He said that you two guys are so special to him and he loves you very much. He said he is very busy at the bridge as he is in charge of tne newbies that come there and he doesn't want you to worry about him. He will wait for you as long as it takes. OK, now my head is empty again so I might as well take a nap.
    Maddox

  • Oh, Maddox. Oh, wow. What a special message from our little buddy. I can see him now at the rainbow bridge.
    Happy Father's Day, Will
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    Oh what fun it looks like it will be in Maine. The girls got things off to a good start, and what fun to explore G.K. with Uncle Carlos. Very fitting for Father's Day--guy stuff. Zoe, have fun doing the special dinner on Sunday and Kirby it was such a nice tribute to Dad. Now for Professor Maddox--I loved your tributes to the men in your life. You are a really lucky guy to have so many men in your life. And of course I cried my happy tears for the call you got from the "bridge." Basil was very lucky to have the boys in his life. Weston would clown with him and sneak treats when he could and Will the same, but they always knew how to read him, well or sick. Thast what family does you know. My Dad and I were very close in his later years, and I would talk every morning to him even if just for a minute. My Dad loved to dance and I remember him teaching me to dance. Thanks Maddox for helping me tribute my Dad and remembering these special moments.Rebel I will think of you with Mr.LuLu and Mr. Fatters. All you guys and dolls have a great weekend with your Dads.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Ahhhhh, Kirby I knew I would thoroughly enjoy your tribute to your dad cause the two of you are very close. Very loving tribute.
    I have to apologize. I forgot to go back to yesterday's post and when I did just now I saw that Cora-Belle commented last night. Thank you girlfriend. Now I won't worry about you. Who am I kidding, I will be thinking about you over the weekend. That is because you are so special and I want you to be with us for a long time. I look forward to your tribute to James. I know it will be very endearing
    Love you Cora-Belle and all the Glue Squad members
    Maddox

  • Good morning Francesca, Sharkey, G.K., Maddox and all the glue squad,
    G.K. you look wonderful exploring Skylands and watching the tropical plants delivery. I am glad you will be there to help the frenchie girls explore all the trails. The landscaping is really pretty too.
    Maddox, we enjoyed your father's day tribute and the message from the bridge from Prince Basil. I hope he is helping my Herman make the transition.
    Kirby, we enjoyed your loving tribute to your papa and it was great to hear about your travels together. Zoe, hope you enjoy your cookout this weekend. Rebel, hope you have a great time with Mr.Lulu and Mr.Fatters.
    I love my grandpapa who is the male role model in my life. He was not too happy when I moved in last year in July but gradually we are now best friends! I love to run and jump on his lap in the reclining chair for comfort and cuddle time every morning. He sneaks me treats and rubs my ears. We have special nick names too, he calls me "Boo boo". I love my mom's brother too when he visits and rubs my head.
    Mom is working all day Sunday at the hospital so i will be barking there and napping. Hugs to Cora belle and Lynn. High paws to all the glue squad and your Dads!! Abby the frenchie pug

  • Hi F,S&GK+ Glue Squad, Handsome GK, it is so nice to finally see you again and how great you were to travel with Uncle Carlos to Skylands and how nice you were to help him, too! You must be so proud of your Dad, Professor Maddox, who is a great friend to all of us Glue Squaders! F&S, Ill bet it was fun to fly with Martha to Skylands and I'll bet you both helped with the planting, also! Hope you have a great Father's Day weekend wherever you are! Maddox, you are so special and I love your comments especially about hearing from wonderful Basil our great buddy! I forgot to tell you my Mom feeds me delicious chicken or beef canned food she gets at Costco! She mashes it up, adds a little water and glucosamine and warms it up for me every morning and then gives me treats before I take my nap! So nice to hear from Zoe, Rebel, Kirby, and Cora-Belle about their great Dads-absolutely wonderful! Cora-Belle, hope you feel better real soon-love finally hearing from you! Lynn, your comments are always so much fun to read, also! I have no idea who my parents were, but I have the best Mom now and my great Uncle Tim who care very much about me!! Happy Father's Day to all you great Dads and have a great weekend my buddies! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • What great walking space at Skylands, my yard is a moss garden so I love spaces like this...lucky dogs!!!

    Maddox what a sweet thing to say...I agree!

    sorry I'm in a hurry, got my art student coming any minute...

    everyone have a safe and nice weekend!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Job well done on the tour of Skylands!

    What a beautiful area! I'm in NH anytime you need an extra set of hands, let me know!

    Hey, I know about Edsel's. I own a 1958 Ford Edsel Ranger and she runs like a charm!

    I think you were smelling roast that Martha had prepared for the team who helped her with the plants!

    Have a super weekend. Weather looks scrumptious here in NH!

    gail

  • Hi GK
    It is really great to see you at work!! Your home is beautiful! Uncle Carlos is an awesome man. I know how much he loves all of you guys. You look fab!!

    Maddox, oh my Maddox, I love to see what you write everyday. You really know how to put smiles on peoples faces.
    Jan

  • ..wow.. G.K. you are a helper..bet you and uncle Carlos have a good time together...Maddox, ..we heard from the bridge also..Ivy, the wonder dog, sent her best wishes to all the glue squad dads..now my tribute to James: You taught me everything I needed to know about the farm/ranch..you never question my decisions on what critters should be chased off the property ..including some humans..you have had my back my back for 16 years come thick or thin...now that I cannot serve and protect as well as I used too, you pretend not to notice..thanks for my ramp to the house, stairs to the bed, carrying me to the truck, I love you!!! Cora-Belle

  • Such very nice comments today. You have all made your dads so proud of you today.
    You know, we had a Tribute to our mom's and now a tribute to our dads. When ate the humans going to have a tribute to us? You know, the animals that are devoted to them, are there thru thick and thin, etc. We will have to come up with a day for Tribute to the Glue Squad Yeah. Hehehehehwhe
    Cora-Belle, very nice tribute for James. I see lots of maple bars in your future. Hehehehe
    Love,
    Maddox

  • Had to close before the weekend and thank all of you for making every day a special day for Lynn. It was wonderful to read all your tributes, and Maddox I am for a National Glue Squad Tribute Day. You are a great professor coming up with these ideas. This is what you think about when you can't sleep--I know you!!! Thank you all for your friendship and salutes to your dads.
    hugs,
    Lynn

  • What wonderful Father's Day tribute Maddox. Good to see you again G.K. Thank you for telling us about Warrior Prince Basil's call from the bridge and how he is now Ambassador Warrior Prince Basil-getting everyone situated and comfortable. :smile:

    I hope all fathers and their kids have a terrific Father's Day this weekend! :smile:

  • ..Cora-Belle told me about your idea Maddox, about a tribute to our dogs...and here goes a tribute to our Cora-Belle from James and Lucinda...Cora-Belle, you are our pride and joy since day one..for 16 years you have protected the house, the farm/ranch, and us..you never cease to amaze me what a good shopper you are..thanks for all the hand picked gifts over the years...granted you are slowing down..but so are we..we are all growing old together and I can't imagine it any other way..we love you, Cora-Belle, love James and Lucinda p.s. for 16 years you have acted naughty everyday..but that is what makes you the love of our life!!

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