November 24, 2014

Transplanting an Agave

The other day we transplanted many of the agaves in the greenhouse. Agaves are succulent plants with thick fleshy leaves. Since they are native to the southern and western United States and tropical America, they are sensitive to the cold and cannot survive outdoors during the harsh Northeastern winters. The process of moving them indoors and repotting them takes place each autumn, usually starting in late October. We move the agaves from their outdoor locations on the various properties into the warm environment of the greenhouse, and we transplant the ones that have outgrown their pots and become root bound. Transplanting agaves is a relatively simple process, but since we have so many at my farm it can take a while to complete the job.

November 21, 2014

A Visit to The Home Depot in Atlanta

Last weekend I visited The Home Depot in Sandy Springs, in the Atlanta suburbs, to demonstrate our lovely Martha Stewart Living holiday collections. We held two separate events - one with the knowledgeable Home Depot Associates, and the other with members of the public. The weather was chilly, but we received a warm reception - both audiences were friendly and engaged. We demonstrated a number of projects for the upcoming holidays, including four using my collection of holiday products exclusively at The Home Depot. The public appearance was recorded and is available as a livestream. We had a great time in Atlanta, Georgia!
November 20, 2014

The Splendor of the Maple Grove

Of all the trees that shed their leaves in autumn, the Japanese maples are among the last, which makes their colors stand out more vividly against the muted background.

During the planting of this Japanese maple grove last August, my dear sister Laura Plimpton passed away. Because she was especially fond of maples, I decided to name the grove in honor of her. It's called "The Laura Plimpton Japanese Maple Grove."

In a previous blog, I showed you all the steps involved in planting the grove. With these photos, you can see the trees in their full autumn splendor.  Most of them are still small. As the years go by and they grow larger, the display of colors will intensify and become even more beautiful. I know my sister would be pleased.