December 13, 2013
Recently, The New York Times ran a fascinating article about the importance of vitamins to the human body. Click here to read the article. I have always been a firm proponent of taking vitamin supplements and I really understand their benefits. I have to confess, however, that I was never quite satisfied with what was available commercially and felt it was time to help create something that could become an affordable part of women's everyday health routine. We partnered with the wonderful company Inergetics, a leading developer of nutritional supplements. Working closely with their science experts, we developed six formulas guided by science and holistic medicine, using natural, whole-food ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The formulas focus on specific needs (Graceful Aging, Digestive Health, Bone Support, Menopause Support, and Hair, Skin & Nails) as well as supporting overall health and wellness (Women's Multivitamin). I hope you'll try these supplements and please let me know what you think. They're available at Walgreens.
1 Our line of Martha Stewart Essentials is now available in six condition-specific formulas.
2 This is the Women's Multivitamin, a unique blend for overall health support. It helps nourish and protect the entire body with a combination of the essential vitamins and minerals, along with important healthy fruit and vegetable extracts.
3 The Women's Multivitamin promotes gentle heart, brain, and hormonal support with whole-food-based ingredients. The more vigilant you are about your care today, the healthier you'll be tomorrow.
4 Graceful Aging is a whole-food-based vegetarian formula that nourishes and protects cells to help support their overall health with green tea extract, superoxide dismutase, and resveratrol.
5 Graceful Aging defends cells from daily exposure to damaging free radicals associated with aging. We've redefined aging, and most of us are entering our later years in much better shape and much more prepared than any generation before us.
6 Hair, Skin, & Nails is a comprehensive blend that protects from harsh environmental exposure with antioxidants, fruits and vegetables, while providing building blocks to support the production of healthy new collagen tissue with targeted nutrients.
7 Hair, Skin, & Nails builds and strengthens collagen tissue with the help of protective specialty nutraceuticals. We are all time travelers; our choices, our paths, our lifestyles leave their mark on the canvas of our bodies.
8 Digestive Health is a gentle, balancing formula that addresses and supports the health of the digestive system. It aids in the breakdown of food for adequate absorption of carbohydrates, fibers, proteins, and fats with the help of an array of important digestive enzymes.
9 Digestive Health supports healthy absorption of nutrients and may reduce the occasional discomfort associated with poor digestion. After all, good digestion increases energy, vitality, and your overall health.
10 Bone Support is a unique, targeted bone formula that builds and maintains strong bones with calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, and silica. It assists in reducing bone breakdown and nourishes and protects with healthy fruits and vegetable extracts.
11 Bone Support may reduce the risk of osteoporosis when taken as part of a well-balanced diet, along with adequate calcium and vitamin D. Bones form the shape of the body, protect vital organs, and help you make your way through the world.
12 Menopause Support is a 100% vegetarian formula that helps rebalance hormones naturally with nourishing herbs traditionally known to support the body's response to hormonal changes.
13 Menopause Support may provide gentle relief from occasional discomfort associated with hormonal imbalance with the help of whole-food-based phytoestrogens and herbs. The experience of menopause is not a loss of youth. It's a rite of passage to the next phase of life.
December 12, 2013
I'm having an important holiday dinner party this Friday evening, and my staff has been scrambling to get the house decorated and in shape for the occasion. Whenever I entertain, I love filling the house with the many beautiful plants that thrive in my greenhouse. This blog is about moving a very special orchid in sub-freezing temperatures.
1 This spectacular Cattleya orchid is blooming right in time for the Christmas season. It just so happens that its botanical name is Laeliocattleya Martha Stewart, an orchid named in my honor!
2 The Cattleya is more commonly referred to as the corsage orchid. It was presented to me several years ago on my TV show by Art Chadwick Sr. and his son Arthur of Chadwick & Son (www.chadwickorchids.com) Orchids, a famous orchid farm in Powhatan, VA.
3 I wanted this beauty moved into my house as part of the holiday decor. Ryan McCallister, my gardener, faced the challenge of moving it from the greenhouse in bitter cold temperatures.
4 Just a minute in the freezing cold could ruin the blooms of this tropical plant. There were 17 fragrant blossoms and more to come!
5 The plant was too big to fit into a bin or carton, so after some pondering, Ryan thought that wrapping it in a sheet of painter's plastic would offer enough protection from the cold.
6 The sheet of plastic was slipped beneath the orchid.
7 He then lifted the plastic around the orchid, being careful of those amazing flowers.
8 To secure the plastic around the plant, Ryan reached for some little orchid clips.
9 Just as hair clips, orchid clips are spring-loaded and are commonly used to secure orchid blossoms to their stakes.
10 Gathering and clipping
11 The clips were a good idea!
12 Next, Ryan hefted the plant and carried it through the greenhouse.
13 And rushed it through the cold
14 A heated car was waiting to transport the orchid for the brief drive to my house.
15 Ryan hurried from the car across the terrace to the house. That's Chhewang, draping burlap over the hedges.
16 The door was held open while Ryan kicked off his snow-covered boots and brought the orchid into the warmth of the house.
17 I wanted the orchid to be the centerpiece of the servery. Here's Ryan unwrapping the plant.
18 And here it is on the marble-topped table in the servery.
19 The leaves of the orchid were spotted with lime and other mineral build-up from watering.
20 This build-up is a common if you have hard water.
21 Ryan did some investigation and discovered a good way to remove that build-up. Here he is pouring some distilled vinegar into a container.
22 He diluted the vinegar with an equal part of water.
23 He rubbed each leaf, top and bottom, with the diluted vinegar. This helped to break down the build up.
24 Next, he used another common kitchen staple - mayonnaise!
25 He rubbed the leaves gently with the mayonnaise.
26 And wiped them clean.
27 Shiny perfection!
28 The next challenge was to elevate the orchid, placing it higher than table level. To raise it to eye level, Ryan used two nesting silver bowls. He sandwiched the bowls with bubble wrap.
29 And he sandwiched the orchid pot in the bowl with bubble wrap, as well.
30 He then used Spanish moss to cover over the bubble wrap.
31 Stuffing here and stuffing there
32 A superb masterpiece!
December 11, 2013
I reported in mid-November that we received our first snowfall of the season that fortunately, was merely a dusting. A more substantial snow fell yesterday. I was happy to see that it was light and fluffy and didn't cause any damage to the boxwood hedges, most of which have yet to be wrapped in burlap. It was a very pretty day around the farm.
1 This is one of a group of four Sargent crab apple trees planted along the driveway. They are covered with gorgeous white blooms in the spring time.
2 The blooms turn into tiny crab apples, which birds are drawn to.
3 A flock of robins found these trees and spent the better part of the day feasting on the crab apples.
4 Fruit on trees ferments over time and birds actually become drunk from eating it. When this happens, birds often act erratically.
5 The weeping habit of a Camperdown Elm
6 The grove of bald cypress next to the basket house
7 This is an owl house attached to a spruce tree.
8 Spruce with snow
9 Spruce needles really collect snow.
10 The snow looks very pretty, but its weight puts a great deal of stress on the spruce branches.
11 This is the fence surrounding the cutting garden next to the greenhouse.
12 This is the head of a mammoth sunflower hanging on the garden fence. Birds have been eating the seeds.
13 Climbing hydrangea upon white pine
14 The pin oak allee
15 Another shot of the pin oak allee and the long pergola
16 A view of the long pergola
17 The bald cypress across the drive
18 The recently transplanted wisteria from my East Hampton garden - A new pergola will be constructed here in the spring to support their growth.
19 Looking towards the apple espalier grove, the carport building, and my house
20 There are still apples on the espalier!
21 A view of the stable
22 The boxwood hedge around the peony bed - Fortunately, this is a light snow and won't hurt the shrubs, as they have not been wrapped in burlap yet.
23 Another view of my house
24 The miniature donkeys seem unfazed by the snow.
25 Hey, Rufus and Clive - Let's play a trick on the blog readers!
26 One, two, three....
27 Let it snow!
28 Thank you for the animation, donkeys!
29 An alley between paddocks
30 The lovely weeping cherry trees
31 The allee of linden
32 The maple grove
33 The shrubs around the Maple Avenue house have their burlap.
34 Metasequoia trees, or dawn redwood
35 Tall white pines reach skyward from a grove of smaller recent plantings.
36 A stately sycamore tree at the far end of a hay field
37 The Christmas tree grove
38 The other hay field
39 Another view
40 Looking at the little house deep in the woods.
41 I call this the woodland folly.
42 This sycamore tree is the symbol of the farm.
43 Another owl house hangs upon the sycamore - this one occupied by a screech owl.
44 Another view of the sycamore from the other side
45 One of the gurgling brooks that run through the woods
46 The brook passes under the road and this is the other side.
47 A grove of weeping willow
48 The long boxwood allee leading to the stable
49 The blueberry pergola
50 The very busy bird feeders hanging from the carport building