September 22, 2018

Repotting Aeoniums

Among my favorite plants are the exotic forms of succulents - they make excellent container specimens.

If you like growing plants, but don’t really have a lot of time to care for them, I encourage you to consider growing succulents. Succulents are so easy to maintain and are able to survive prolonged drought because they store moisture in their fleshy stems, roots, and leaves. A general rule of thumb is to repot succulents every two-years to provide more room and fresh fertile soil. Recently, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, took the opportunity to repot a good number of succulents called Aeoniums that form beautiful rosettes of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves.

Enjoy these photos.

September 21, 2018

Orchard Maintenance

Work on the new orchard continues at my Bedford, New York farm, and it looks great.

As many of you know, I now have an orchard surrounding my pool - one with a variety of apple trees, plum trees, cherry trees, peach, pear and quince trees. They already produced lots and lots of beautiful fruits this season. To keep it well-maintained and looking its best, my outdoor grounds crew manicured the pits under every tree - 204 of them! This was a tedious process, but I am sure you will agree, it was well-worth the effort.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

September 20, 2018

Hanging Metal Wall Trees from My Collection on QVC

Another fun planting project at my Bedford, New York farm is complete.

During my appearance on QVC earlier this week, I talked about my metal wall trees - 71-inch decorations featuring 11-rings and pots to hold your favorite flowers, small plantings, or fall pumpkins. I also mentioned another way I decided to use them back at my farm - as trellises to hold two vining, flowering plants inside my vegetable greenhouse - one vanilla orchid, Vanilla planifolia, and one jade vine, Strongylodon macrobotrysMy head gardener, Ryan McCallister, put up the metal trees and plants and they look wonderful.

Enjoy these photos. And if you don’t have one of these beautiful wall trees, go to the QVC web site and buy one today - just click on this highlighted link. It’s a great way to add a natural element to any space, indoors or out.