Growing bulbs can sometimes be a disheartening process. We’ve all been there to witness the barren ground after painstakingly planting dozens of bulbs, finding them consumed before they even had a chance to greet the sun. Or when our treasured tulips suddenly become remnants of the grand display they once were; a tattered mass of stems and leaves torn asunder. But, […]
The buds of our deciduous trees are starting to swell and the leaves are gently unwinding after a long winter’s slumber. Yes, spring has arrived and our trees and shrubs are starting to awaken. But, they won’t be fully displayed until sometime in May, which leaves us with a landscape that still seems a bit colorless. Enter, […]
If, like me, you crave a touch of adventure in your garden, then yucca could be the plant for you. For those of us in colder zones, we can’t grow many of the desert dwellers such as agaves or cactus. But yucca is a different story. Quite cold hardy, not only do they add a […]
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?
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. […]