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Sempervivum, Sedum and Succulents at Andrew’s Legacy

I was never a fan of grandma’s old “hen and chicken” plants. But like hosta and heuchera, new hybrids have come out in many exciting colors, color combinations, textures and forms which have really captured my attention. Different types of succulents with similar cultivation requirements are being combined to create interesting and colorful gardens that thrive in containers and areas that few other plants can.  I like it when the leaves take center stage and the flowers seem to be an after-thought. Sedum, Sempervivum and the like are generically being called succulents. Before I started collecting succulents I was inspired and learned a lot about them from the Pinterest board I made. It allowed me to become exposed to a lot of different varieties, taught me about them and helped me find out where to get them.  Although not as drought tolerant as cacti, they can survive under an extreme range of conditions and are well suited to be grown in decorative pots or containers that many other plants quickly grow out of or won’t tolerate, as long as good drainage is provided. If they are subject to too much water or poor drainage, they will rot. I have several decorative pots that I have not had luck growing much else in, so I decided to create several succulent gardens and finally put them to good use. This is the first year that I have gotten into succulent gardening and I have had mostly good luck, and have been propagating them as well, but I would not consider myself an expert. Some tips that have served me well are: good drainage, as I mentioned, cactus potting medium, don’t overcrowd (they will do that on their own) and provide as much sun as possible. Most all of my “gardens” contain tropical and hardy species combined, so they will have to be overwintered either in the house or greenhouse. I don’t know how the hardy species will take to being overwintered indoors, but I guess I will find out. An odd tip to propagation is that cuttings should be left out of the soil a few days to the point they are just about to wither before placing them in moist soil mix. If you put them directly into the soil they tend to rot. Really good drainage, like that provided by clay pots, coconut fiber pots, or Spanish, sphagnum moss over chicken wire allows you to put your succulents on the same watering schedule as the rest of your plants without having to worry about rotting. I’ve been drilling holes in decorative containers I have around the house. Their ease of propagation, hardiness, and inexpensive cost (not to mention how great they look) has caused a succulent explosion at Andrew’s Legacy.

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One of my first attempts at creating a succulent garden was the living wreath. It was fool hardy for my first try as it is considered advanced, and it became one of my only failed attempts to date. Most instructions recommended using recently started cuttings, so the undeveloped root system can more easily pass through the wire that holds the wreath in place. I used mature plants and did significant damage to the root system. The wall I wanted to hang it on was in full shade. I thought I could bring it in and out of the shade and allow it to sun for a few days a week. This constant changing from sun to shade seemed to be the final factor of what did it in and the wreath only looked good for about a month, after which I disassembled it and saved what I could. 

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This is one of my first succulent gardens, now about 16 weeks old. I could never get anything to grow in this container, but the succulents seem to be happy there and include (l to r) Two-row Stonecrop ‘Tricolor’ (Sedum spurium), Kilimanjaro Senecio, Purple Crest Aeonium , Sedum nussbaumerianum, Sedum hispanicum - Tiny Buttons Sedum, Echeveria shaviana Pink frills and Sedum sieboldii variegated. I like the color and texture combination. 

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This is a succulent “living candelabra” I created from an old cast iron candelablra that I rarely used. I created the center form using chicken wire, secured it to the base using wire and lined it with Spanish moss. The soil drains and dries out very quickly, but the plants seem to be very happy. Varieties include; Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’, Echeveria shaviana Pink frills, Sedum nussbaumerianum, Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Kalanchoe tomentosa, among others.

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A close-up shot of the succulents in the candelabra  in the daylight show the broad range of colors and textures that are availableand ccan be combined for an interesting effect.

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There are many places you can order succulents on line, but I got mine locally. Pictured here are the succulents in the late spring at Sang Lee in CutchoguePeconic River Herb Farm in Riverhead also has a wide variety including tropical and hardy. Trimbles in Cutchogue has many hardy varieties. All these places offer the succulents alone in pots, or planted in many creative ways in interesting containers.

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 Here are some sedum that were propagated and are growing in coco fiber pots. The quick drainage these provide make the plants very happy. Succulents, including sedum are very easy to propagate. They do best when the cuttings are left on a table for a few days and allowed to wilt, then planted in a moist cactus potting medium and placed in full sun. If this process is not followed and you put them directly in moist soil as you would do with most other types of plants, they more than likely will rot.

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This beautiful hand-thrown terra cotta pot includes an unusual Jade plant called “Hobbit.” The branches remind me of the ears on Shrek’s head.

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Flowers on succulents are generally considered insignificant, many flower in unusual ways with unattractive or small flowers, but some are beautiful.

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As far as I am concerned, the more colors in the variegation , the more interesting the plant. The focal point of this small garden is Kalanchoes fedtchenkoi, surrounded by sedums and common hen and chicken.

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Bryphyllum diagremontianum, Kalanchoe, mother of thousands. Yes those are actually “babies” that grow on the edge of the leaves of the parent plant. They can be removed and planted into the soil to grow another plant.  If left alone the babies will continue to grow and form roots until their weight will cause them to fall off.

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A large blue-green succulent tops of a strawberry pot filled with Hen and chickens (sempervivum.)

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A decorative galvanized pot filled with a jade plant, agave, variegated peperomia, sedum and sempervivum.dsc_0019.jpg

A rare example of Agave Parryi, “Cream Spike” in a decorative terra cotta planter

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I made so many planters filled with succulents I threw together a low table to keep some of them organized on the patio.

 


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Late Summer, Fall North Fork Events

It’s been a fun, busy summer on the North Fork and when you’re having fun time flies. Which leads us to the late Summer/Fall events blog. This is not comprehensive, but we try to include everything we know about that we think our guests might be interested in.

Olde Steeple Community Church Antique Show

August 25, 2012 Saturday

Main Road, Aquebogue

75 exhibitors, fee for adults, children free. Rain Date Sept. 1, 516-868-2751: oldsteeple@optonline.net. Calendar of events at http://bit.ly/P5t41L

We have been to this antique show many times and it is lots of fun. The location is great, the church and grounds are beautiful and they provide plenty of parking across the street.

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Harvest East End, The Wine and Food Classic

Hampton Classic Horse Show Grounds

Bridgehampton

Organized by the Merlians and the Long Island Wine Council Tickets $150 for more information: http://harvesteastend.com/

Normally we don’t include South Fork events, because there is plenty to do on the North Fork and it can be difficult to get there in the summer, with all the traffic. But this event has become kind of a big deal and includes lots of North Fork Wines, produce and restaurant such as A Mano, Taste of the North Fork, Comtess Therese Bistro, Luce + Hawkins, Noah’s, North Fork Oyster company, Scirmshaw  and the Frisky Oyster among others.

North Fork by North Fork Art Show in New Suffolk

September 1 -16 (Wed. evenings 5-8pm; Sat. & Sun. Noon - 7pm) http://newsuffolkwaterfront.org



Location: The Galley Ho

 Wednesday evenings, 5:00 – 8:00pm, Saturdays & Sundays, Noon – 7:00pm at the historic Galley Ho on the waterfront, New Suffolk Ave and First St., New Suffolk. Exhibit and sale of the work of many of the North Fork’s finest artists. Bring along a picnic lunch or supper and soak up the scenic vistas with Robins Island, Nassau Point and the Hamptons in the background. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the New Suffolk Waterfront.

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Pizza Night at the Sailboat Races with the famous ROLLING IN DOUGH Pizza Truck

September 5, 2012 http://newsuffolkwaterfront.org

Sailboat Race, NF X NF Art, and Pizza Night at the New Suffolk Waterfront, New Suffolk Ave. & First St., 5:30 – 8:00pm. Come down to the water! Enjoy the Art Show, Wednesday Night Sailboat Race around Robins Island, and delicious pizza with all the extras from the famous Rolling in Dough pizza truck.

Art, Oysters & Champagne

September 8th | 5pm – 7pm

http://newsuffolkwaterfront.org



Location: The Galley Ho
5pm – 7pm

Join us to celebrate the bounty of our land and seas with local oysters and champagne at the historic Galley Ho. Enjoy the NFXNF Art Show and wonderful music while you sip champagne, sample fresh, local oysters and enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres. Renowned shellfish expert John Holzapfel will share his knowledge about the much-loved bivalves. Take in the panoramic views of the North and South Forks to round out a perfect evening on the New Suffolk Waterfront. Sponsored by the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund to help support the enjoyment and improvement of the property for community benefit.

Tickets are $60 each.

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Buglight Excursions 

http://eastendseaport.org/cruises.htm

Explore the lighthouse and see the view the lighthouse keepers saw!  Visitors will have 45 minutes to explore the lighthouse, take photos, view a special exhibit and listen to a narration of its history and stories. The Peconic Star II will ferry visitors back and forth to the lighthouse. The trip between the dock and lighthouse is 15 minutes each way.

From the lighthouse pier, people will enter the lighthouse from the ground floor and climb a short stairway to a main room. A fenced deck surrounds this level, enabling harbor views from all sides.  On a clear day, the shore of Old Saybrook, Conn., is clearly visible across Long Island Sound.

Super Cruise!  September 10, 2012 - Depart Greenport 9 AM return at 3 PM.; excursion dates- September 22 & September 23.Prices - Museum members, Southold Town residents, and members of Groups with 10+ participants should register at the Member Rate of $30 per person.  Non-members pay $35 per person.  Child/Teen - $25. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Arts and Crafts Show and Sale

10am-5pm

Old Town Arts and Crafts Build

Main Road, Cutchogue

 

Sat. and Sunday, September 15 and 16

Haollockville Fall Festival and Craft Fair

10am-4pm

Haollockville Museum Farm

Sound Avenue, Riverhead

Unique handmade folk art, demonstrations of traditional crafts, Antique tractor pull and car exhibit, hayrides, music, children’s activities, livestock displays and tours. Entrance fee goes to support Hallockville. Hallockville.com

Check out their events calendar for other great events at the farm. http://hallockville.com/events_calendar.html

 

Friday, September 21

Land and Sea Reception

6-8pm

East End Seaport Museum

Kick-off party, Greenport Maritime Festival

Eastendseaport.org

 

Saturday and Sunday

September 22 & 23

Greenport Maritime Festival

11am-5pm Parade starts at 11am on Saturday.

Vendors, roaming musicians, Village blacksmith, Captain Kidd’s Ally, old fashioned games, treasure chest, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations, Pirate shows, kayak derby, live music, whaleboat race, chowder contest and more.

For more information visit Eastendseaport.org

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I like to call this character Admiral Drake. Don’t really know his significance, but he had a prominant place in the Maritime parade.

 

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A parade on the North Fork without the appearance of the Strawberry Queen, who is crowned at the Mattituck Strawberry Festival, is a rare event.

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Antique cars and English sports cars were part of the procession at the Maritime parade.

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This impressive and frightening shark was on the Long Island Aquarium float in the Maritime parade.

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A young pirate enjoys the parade through the haze of a sugar high.

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All sorts of tents, exhibits, vendors and events were at the festival including this touch tank where young visitors can experience the marine biology of the area first hand.

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A portly pirate looks through his treasure chest for props to wow the crowd before one of the pirate shows in Mitchell Park.

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The stage is set for one of the pirate shows at Mitchell Park

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What’s a Maritime festival without boats? And there were plenty there including a wooden boat show, boating events and these boats all decked out in maritime flags.

Annual Scarecrow contest

Saturday, October 6

Cutchogue- New Suffolk Historical Society

11 am

Co-hosted by the New Suffolk Library and friends of the library, Free

http://cutchoguenewsuffolkhistory.org/

 

 


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