Friday, August 27, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow? and 'The End' Part 2

Hello friends....thanks for coming back for part 2 of my mini holiday in Montauk.  The Montauk lighthouse was authorized in 1792 by Pres. George Washington. It is the fourth oldest lighthouse in the United States and stands 110 feet tall. Its light can be seen 19 nautical miles out to see. I have walked the 137 steps to the top...phew!
 Lots of cliffs and moors along the coast.
 Remember I had asked you if you knew what a Hoodoo was? Well this is a Hoodoo...erosion has caused these formations in the rock and dirt along the rugged shore near the point of Camp Hero.
 The native indians believed evil spirits lived in the crevices of these formations. I thought they were fabulous!
 All along the hiking trail we found signs that warned us about getting too close to the edge as these formations were undermined. They could give way at any time. I used my zoom to get these shots..didn't want to get too close .
 Sorry honey...had to post this one. Read the warning sign and then notice where hubby is standing. But he is a secret agent and I bet the Hoodoo does not even know he is there. He is that stealth...he..he.
I think this is my favorite pic of the whole gotta love them!
 We took a little drive up Montauk Highway to East Hampton..playground to the super rich. You name it..they live or lived here...Spielburg, Billy Joel, Martha Stewart, P.Diddy, Jackson Pollack, Jerry Seinfeld...etc...etc. I wonder who lives n this sea side beauty.
 All the beautiful mansions are screened by very tall and lush boxwood hedges and flowers...lots of flowers! This hedge was lovely..a mix of hydrangeas and dinner plate hibiscus...beautiful. These homes put many landscapers to work I'm sure.
After four wonderful days we said good-bye to Montauk and headed back to upstate New York.
My brother-in-law (Mr. Beach House) has a beautiful farm in Hopewell Junction, NY. He worked on the Knapp farm when he was a young boy and really bonded with Mr. Knapp. He was determined to own this farm someday and guess what...he does! In honor of his friend, he kept the Knapp name on the farm. I love that!
 See that huge tent way up on the hill?  That's were the big birthday party is going to be. My great nephew Jack, turns 1 year old.
 I love silos and this one is so pretty. This particular morning the sky was so blue and the clouds were little wisps of cotton. Red, white and Americana.
 So this is the 'little' garden. The pumpkin patch is taking over the front yard. The fence line is actually way back by the sunflowers.
 I should have put my hand on this beauty to show the is huge and still growing. 
 In fact they were all huge! My brother-in-law throws a big harvest party in October and the children really get a kick out of the giant pumpkins.
 Swiss Chard is one of the most beautiful leafy vegetables . Just look at that ruby color..Mother nature rocks!
 Squash is coming along nicely.
 Juicy cantalopes
 Of course tomatoes...what's left that the deer have not gotten to.
 Brussel Sprouts
 More gorgeous hues on Mother Natures pallette...cabbage
 Abundant bunches of parsley
 Lovely hanging eggplant flowers...I'm imagining Eggplant Parmesan..Yum!
 You will find some of the most pampered cows anywhere here on this farm. Super clean barns and stalls. These are very spoiled milkers....that did not come out right .. I am not inferring that their milk is spoiled, but that they are spoiled...ok Metzger, shut up before you get yourself in trouble. This farm produces 'Super Milk" so named because of it's super cleanliness and farming habits and dedicated farmers.
 Here is a beauty being milked by a milking machine...she even gets to have a companion to chat with while she's milked ( black cow )
 These girls just come and go as they please.
Stay with me...just a few more photos......
 I am always amazed at the fabulous Sunflowers they grow in their garden each year. 
 They reseed themselves every summer
 Some are just coming out of the budding stage..isn't this perfection?
 Some are perky and happy
And a few for some reason are droopy and look so sad. Maybe they know summer is almost over and they will soon be birdseed.
So as the sun sets over the Knapp Farm I will say good-bye until we visit again.
Until next kind and stay creative.
PS...I am busy in the studio working on many cool creations which I will post about very soon and I am also trying to plan a very cool Giveaway that you won't want to miss.


PG said...

Wonderful again! Loved the garden...good to see the aubergine flowers only just coming out, mine are too and I thought they were late.
Red White and Blue...hmm, didn't you lot nick our national colours??? ;)

janet said...

I believe we did Gretel ;-)

Bob said...

Wow. What great pics! The Amish have nothing on Glenn's farm. One question...Did Bill think he would have seen something with his binoculars that he wouldn't have from ten steps back? :)

janet said...

Back in the 1940's there were military bunkers and radar towers at that point...I think he was looking for Germans..... ;-)

Marie said...

What lovely photo's. I don't know which I preferred more the hoodoo's or the cows. I love cows - they are nature's friendliest animals.

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are awesome! That is the most beautiful farm and plants I think I have ever seen. You saw some beautiful scenery. Thank you so much for sharing all the beauty in pictures. Hugs

Kathleen Grace said...

Your garden is delightful! I especially love the pumpkins! I have one growing and next year I absolutely MUST have more:>)

Annette said...

Amazing photos Janet! I'm glad you had such a wonderful week away!

The LadyBugs Garden said...

This was a great getaway. I loved the light house..but the farm was so back to nature. Seeing everything growing on a farm we buy in the store brings me back to my roots when I grew up on our farm. lol


I enjoyed all your beautiful photos. Looks and sounds like a great time.

Thank You for all your prayers for Baby Boy. Praying he will be born safe and healthy.

Have a great weekend. Many Blessings,

Sweet Birdy Love said...

Oh Janet, I am suffering from Sunflower envy, they are absolutely gorgeous and make my Sunflowers look like delicate wee things, lol. I remember my mum used to grow some next to the dairy on her little farm and they were monsters too.
I love visiting farms, all the sights, sounds and yes, smells of the country! Just love it and your photos are wonderful.
Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday thanks for sharing.
Claire X

Maison Conti said...

What gorgeous photos Janet! I especially love the vegetables and of course the clouds!

Closer to Lucy said...

lovely photos! Thanks for the vicarious travel!

Stopping in from Lucy's, thanks for the visit! You are talented, I'm a bit green with envy!

Following you now!