This is the time of year when we start taking stock of what looks good, what held up through the winter, and plants we might be composting come spring. I tend to favor shrubs with the ability to add structure and interest in the border during the winter months, and bayberry is a shrub that […]
I’m confused. There’s witch hazel and then there’s winter hazel . . . which is which, and what’s the difference?
I remember colder winters, when snow was deeper and seemed to last longer. And our lakes and streams froze over for months, allowing us to skate for hours at a time-day after day. My mother would pack up a thermos of hot cocoa and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and off I would go […]
I’ve been growing native twig dogwoods for decades and they never cease to amaze me. Though not as showy as the glowing red and yellow twigs, for growth habit and minimal care, there is no better shrub to fill in a large area effortlessly. Grey twig dogwood, Cornus racemosa, and silky dogwood, Cornus amomum, are […]
As the layers of foliage fall away abandoning the tree limbs, a new aspect of the landscape is revealed; one with walls of stone meandering across its hills and valleys. Whether formidable structures or crumbling piles, they crisscross heavily wooded acres in patterns reminiscent of boundary markers.
Black Friday, and the weeks before, are often spent indoors shopping for bargains . . . but I have a better idea! November is a month that can grace us with unseasonably mild temperatures and crisp blue skies; in other words, perfect conditions for strolling through a garden. So, for the folks at the mall waiting in line […]
In celebration of our anniversary, my husband, Ged, and I visited a gorgeous park overlooking the ocean in Waterford, Connecticut. Well worth the visit, my post will hardly be able to cover all the wonderful aspects worthy of mention on this beautiful estate. Between the stands of ancient beeches, maples and chestnuts, the expansive and […]
Imagine a garden designed to delight us visually and sensually, as well as addressing the often neglected sense of sound. Using a story high fountain, rambling brooks tumbling over carefully placed stones and a gorgeous forty acre lake; the sound of water soothes visitors, while the reflective surfaces incorporate the sky and surrounding hillside into this breathtaking atmosphere.
There’s only one way to fight a seemingly endless winter; enlist some serious flower power! In my neck of the woods this entailed taking a much needed break from the snow and frigid temps to attend the 34th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, just an hour away at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. […]