With the farm's most recent renovation, the humans aren't the only ones who get a new, elegant space. The homeowners' equine friends got seven new fenced in paddocks for more space to run free, a new, larger barn area, as well as riding trails that wind throughout the property.
*Hay* there, handsome! Dark wood stables line the sides of the barn, giving each of the horses a spot to hang out in. Meanwhile, clean lines and slim metal bars ensure that the interior looks less rustic and more modern.
Designed by Tim Egan, the equestrian barn houses up to six horses and features all the latest gadgets and luxuries. There's a heated equine wash room, automatic waterers, mahogany horse stalls and that's just for starters.
A hummingbird favorite, red horse chestnut (Aesculus x carnea) forms a round-headed tree that’s strikingly beautiful. It grows 35 feet tall by 25 feet wide. Look for the variety ‘Briotii’ or ‘O’Neill Red.’ Both offer good disease resistance and long flower clusters. Leaves turn gold in fall. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Dark bronze leaves paired with purplish-pink spring blooms give ‘Dark Horse’ Weigela florida head-turning good looks. Flowers beckon hummingbirds to plants that grow 36 inches tall and wide. This small weigela is versatile in the landscape. Use it as a short hedge, accent plant or mass planting. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Bruschetta is the ideal potluck dinner hors d’oeuvre because its ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and toted in resealable containers for quick on-site assembly. Start with a fresh baguette and experiment with different toppings: caramelized dates, tomato jam or red pepper jelly over goat cheese; salami or crumbled Italian sausage atop fresh pesto; crispy bacon over Boursin cheese; or finely chopped pistachios over honey-topped cream cheese.