October 8, 2015

Repotting Plants

Cold weather preparations are in full swing in my greenhouses.

Now that it’s autumn, everyone at the farm is busy moving all the tropical plants back into the heated greenhouses where they will spend the cold, winter months. Most of them are kept in a hoop house designated specifically for these warm weather specimens. They are all thriving, and have grown quite well in the last year - some grew too big for their pots, and needed to be removed, trimmed, and repotted into slightly larger containers. It’s a tedious process, but a very important one that keeps all my plants healthy.

If you are thinking of repotting some of your plants, here are some tips. Enjoy.

October 7, 2015

Hosting a FEED Supper to Help End World Hunger

We can all work together to eradicate world hunger.

FEED Projects, co-founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, is an initiative to fight world hunger on behalf of the UN World Food Programme. For the second year, FEED has called on food enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, community members, and other influential individuals to join its FEED Supper table with a goal to raise two-million meals for children and families around the world within one month’s time. This annual FEED Supper fundraising campaign launched on September 16, and runs through October 16, World Food Day. Through individual gatherings, FEED Supper hosts motivate others to make donations that provide meals to those in need.

It is a very creative way to help a very important cause. And, last week, MSLO executive editorial director of decorating, Kevin Sharkey, and I, hosted a FEED Supper at Kevin’s New York City apartment. We invited nearly 50-people for a casual after-work cocktail party. And, in lieu of bringing food or drinks, we urged guests to make contributions as low as $1.10 to our fundraising page - the amount it costs to provide 10-meals. Our group meal goal was set at 25-hundred dollars.

Enjoy our photos, and consider being a FEED Supper host - events can be as small as dinner for two or as large as a company picnic - it’s an easy way we can all help end hunger.

October 6, 2015

My Friesians, and A Head-Start on Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching…

It’s no secret Halloween is among my favorite of holidays. I just love decorating my home with all the ghosts, goblins, skeletons, and other bone-chilling props I’ve collected over the years - plus, all the wonderful pumpkins and gourds that grow in my garden each autumn season.

This year, get a head-start on preparations and check out the Martha Stewart Pets collection, exclusively at PetSmart, for some great Halloween tees to get your pets ready for the festivities. The Martha Stewart Living line at Home Decorators Collection has all the hair-raising items you need for a frightfully fun night of tricks and treats. And, for costume ideas, pumpkin-carving instructions, and lots of photos of me in my most amazing Halloween makeovers, don’t forget to pick up your copy of the "Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue" - it's on newsstands now!

But first, here are some photos taken of my beautiful Friesians by photographer, Jill Greenberg. Enjoy…