Sunday, 20 of April of 2014

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Holiday House Tour

Andrew’s Legacy Bed & Breakfast is excited to announce that we will be one of the featured homes on The Holiday House Tour on December 7, 2013. Andrew’s Legacy and three other homes will open their doors for this event. Guests will enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and desserts at each home, which will be paired with a vineyard a restaurant or a local business as well as local merchants offering specials on the day of the tour for ticketholders. Andrew’s Legacy will be hosting Michaelangelo Restaurant who will be serving samples of their faire and Lieb Cellars who will offering wine tastings.

All participating homes will be decked out for the holidays, including Andrew’s Legacy, Sannino Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, and the private home of designer, Connie Cross. Additional locations on the tour are Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm for a raffle, and Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society for a visit from Santa Claus. The event will conclude at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society with Christmas carols, lighting of the Christmas tree and refreshments.

Restaurants, vineyards and businesses include: Michaelangelo, Touch of Venice, Lieb Cellars, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Waters Crest Winery, Flourgirls Cupcakes, Really Good Jam, North Fork Potato Chips and more. Special offers will be available with proof your ticket stub.

You can easily get your tickets online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/520407 , or contantJoyce at the Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast at (631) 734-8539 for tickets or more information.

 

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Make February Valentine’s Month in the Heart of Wine Country

Although February 14 is Valentine’s Day, the entire month of February is Valentines month on the North Fork. Bed and Breakfasts like Andrew’s Legacy offer couples romantic get-aways in the heart of wine country. Although B&B owners are always accommodating, this is the time of the year that they really go out of their way to create the most memorable romantic escapes possible for couples, making dinner reservations, ordering flowers, or chilling bottles of champagne to make sure everything is just right. Some (like Andrew’s Legacy hostess Liz) have even gone as far as helping nervous fiancés-to-be plan the perfect moment to pop the question.

Our legendary sunsets, miles of pristine beaches and beautiful vineyards and wineries all come together to make this the best place to be for couples looking for romance. And on top of this we now have our Winterfest Jazz on the Vine where most of the wineries or offering terrific live music at their venues. Click here if you are interested in the schedule for Jazz on the vine. It goes on until mid-March, but make sure to make your reservations early because most B&B’s are offering specials and are filling up quickly. A box of chocolates or a bouquet of roses are nice, but make your Valentine really happy by booking a room on the romantic North Fork of Long Island.

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B&B owners go out of their way to make sure your moment is perfect. Here is a bottle of champagne and red roses all ready in the Madeline Room at Andrew’s Legacy.

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A guest made arrangements weeks in advance to ensure this beautiful heart-shaped cake would be ready for his sweetheart.

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Antique red and pink glassware and a beautiful centerpiece with hearts further enhance the Valentine mood at Andrew’s Legacy.

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When we first opened we decorated our Valentine table with pink and white “sweetheart” candies. It didn’t take long for us to realize that our real life sweethearts were passing them back and forth to each other, picking out the special messages that were most meaningful to them, so we have used them on our Valentine’s table ever since.

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Homemade Springerle cookies for Valentine’s month at Andrew’s legacy. Three colors, three flavors.

 


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Caladiums Bring Bright Color to Deep Shade

In keeping with the theme of providing color through foliage, Caladiums have some of the most colorful leaves available. They tolerate a deeper shade then Coleus and can brighten up dark areas. Caladiums are in the same family as Calla lilies, (Araceae) and have a similar, but less spectacular flower, often hidden amongst the leaves. They prefer a damp, but not soggy soil and can tolerate some sun. They grow from corms and can be propagated from dividing the tubers. They are susceptible to the cold and must be pulled in the early fall to over winter them. Clean them well, store them in an area where the temp won’t got below 65o, dry them out well, but not too dry. I use a plastic bag poked with holes, as the method of storing the corms is to not get them too dry (as they will turn to dust,) and not to keep them too moist (as they will turn to mush.) If you have successfully over-wintered your corms or are purchasing new ones, the trick to starting them in the spring is consistent, gentle bottom heat. Apply this heat until temperatures in the evenings are regularly above 65o.

Elephant Ear Caladiums don’t come in as many interesting colors as fancy leaved Caladiums, but the leaves can reach up to 3 feet long and two feet wide. New forms are appearing on the market from the deep purple leaves of “Black Magic” to a chartreuse variety called “Elena.” Leaves can hang pendulously from stems, or upright like an arrow, they can have a ruffled edge or a smooth one. These are usually grown as specimen plants or towards the back of the garden since they can get to 4 feet or taller.

The fancy leaved Caladiums come in color combinations of red, green, white, pink and yellow with new combinations coming on the market every year. These brightly colored leaves can really pop in a shade garden where low light seems to make them glow. I usually keep them in pots or planters so I can control the soil moisture and move them around to where color is needed. Healthy plants are not bothered by any insects or disease. They thrive on a dark porch and are an excellent choice for bringing color into the shady garden. Readily available hybrids are “Pink Beauty,” “Miss Moffet,” “June Bride” and “Postman Joyner.”

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An Elephant Ear Caladium called “Black Magic.”  A very healthy specimen in a terra cotta pot on the deck in a semi-shadey location.

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This variety of Elephant Ear is tall, but has a smaller leaf. Here it is growing on a brick patio in a galvanized tub.

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This is the Calla-lily type flower that appears early in the season. Since the focus is on the leaves with this plant, I cut the flowers off, just in case the plant decides to go dormant after if flowers.

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This earn had violas growing in the early spring. As they start to fade when the weather warms it becomes time to replace them with Caladiums. But there is a period when they are both growing together, creating an attractive compliment.

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The intense colors and pure whites of the Caladiums really make them stand out in the shade, where they thrive.

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The leaves of Caladium “Pink Beauty” seem to dance around this garden statue.

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Interesting new varieties are introduced every year. New color combination and leaf variations allow you to create vibrant new displays such as this one, called “Miss Moffat.”

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Here, three types of Caladiums go well together in an old wooden box. White queen is one of my favorites, it’s stark white leaf combine with it’s vivid red veins making it seem to pop right out of the shadey garden.

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Another old wooden box, bursting with Caladium color.

 


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