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In The Garden Today

With all the recent rain and warmth, the garden is in peak form, pleasing us and the pollinators– hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Even the goldfinches have begun to harvest Sunflower and Cosmos seeds. I love it when the garden becomes … Continue reading

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In The Garden

The big garden is coming into its peak with both perennials and annuals providing a riot of color. Pink Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), blue Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro), fluffy pink Astilbe taquettii, blazing red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, yellow, red and orange Daylilies … Continue reading

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Weekly Garden Highlights – August 26

It has been a varied week, cool and dry earlier, now hot and humid with thunderstorms predicted later to hopefully cool things down. Yesterday, a Monarch (Danaus plexippus) visited my zinnias, elevating zinnias to a ‘must-have’ in my garden from now … Continue reading

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Weekly Garden Highlights – August 12

It has been very hot and humid this week, so I’m laying low in terms of any vigorous gardening. Evenings seem to be the most tolerable time to weed and do a bit of trimming. Here are just a few of … Continue reading

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Weekly Garden Highlights – July 29

The biggest highlight in my garden this week happened today when I spotted a Monarch butterfly sipping zinnia and globe thistle! A rare sighting, as they have nearly disappeared from my area, it totally made my day, week and month! … Continue reading

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Weekly Garden Highlights – July 22

A nice, temperate break in the weather mid-week, sandwiched between hot and humid. ‘Tis high summer! Here are just a few of the highlights in my garden this week (hover over or click photos for ID): Many varieties of Daylilies … Continue reading

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Locally Grown and Gorgeous

The locally grown garden plant movement is a return to the way things used to be before big box stores started muscling in on local growers. Using economy of scale, large volume discounts, they out-priced local competition, causing many to … Continue reading

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Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies

A popular garden trend is planting to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Both are drawn to nectar-rich flowers, adding activity, sound and beauty to your garden. In early May, I know hummingbirds have returned when they visit my quince bushes. Right … Continue reading

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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

COUNTRY GARDENING in zone 5 “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” In March, month of the vernal equinox, New England transitions from winter to spring and can experience a broad range of weather from raging blizzard to warm days with … Continue reading

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Violas

Country Gardening   Violets are the traditional flower for the month of February. In the 1800’s and early 1900’s Sweet Violets (Viola odorata) were grown commercially in greenhouses as they were tolerant of cool conditions in unheated or low-heat houses. … Continue reading

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