17. June 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: General


The weather report in our newspaper yesterday actually said gorgeous as the description for the day.  I don’t think I have ever seen that before.

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  It is amazing how a word can affect our impression of something.  Sunny would have been a good word but instead gorgeous really jumped out and made you want to run outside to see what kind of day was shaping up.

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Gorgeous is exactly the description I would have used to describe the weather yesterday.


I was out in my yard most of the day enjoying the perfect weather.  It was sunny and warm, but not too hot and the air was crystal clear.  A few puffy clouds in the afternoon made the sky even prettier.

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The “gorgeous” weather made my flowers even more vibrant and colorful.  After all the rain we have had lately it was so nice to be able to be outside and enjoy the garden.





  I love when  many plants are all blooming at the same time. I know as most gardeners do, that we have to take in the blooms while they are here because most perennials aren’t in bloom for very long. I wish my entire garden could be in bloom all at once, and last for the whole season.

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Now that would be something to see.

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I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself.  And I find sufficient purpose for my day.  ~Robert Brault




09. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

Christmas in June!!

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I recieved my sample shrubs from Proven Winners!  What a thrill it was to see what was in the box.

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I feel so lucky to have been chosen as one of the bloggers who gets to “test drive” their new additions.I spent the time last Saturday to plant them even though it was around 90 degrees and really high humidity. 

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I just couldn’t wait to get them in the ground so I can see them grow and see how they do.

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There were 2 spireas~ Glow Girl

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There were 2 hydrangeas~Let’s Dance Rhapsody Blue

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2 Viburnum~ All that Glitters and All that Glows


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and 2 arborvitae~ Filip’s Magic Moment


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All of them were extremely healthy and packed very well by Whiteflowerfarm

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 Thank you Proven Winners!

Let the growing begin…

 ~”How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.”  ~Benjamin Disraeli


29. May 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: General

    My friend Linda and I have a favorite nursery we visit in Hamden NY.


The Green Thumb is always one of our favorite road trips when it’s planting time.  We head there each spring to see what plant treasures we can find. They have beautiful healthy plants and their green houses are full of more choices than most places we’ve been.  Add to that their hospitality and of course their cute dogs that greet us, it’s a favorite trip every spring.


Hamden is a tiny little town about an hour and a half away from where we live. There is a quaint farmers store as well as beautiful old homes and inns.








It’s located near the West Branch of The Delaware River and the Cannonsville Reservoir where the water that feeds NYC is held.  It’s beautiful country side that surrounds The Cannonsville watershed’s drainage basin which is 455 square miles.  The mountains surround what looks like a huge lake.  It was a very nice to drive by on our journey home.


Needless to say we bought a lot and I mean a LOT of plants. But as long as it can all fit in the car for the ride home, all is well.  We couldn’t resist a second stop at a local nursery that we hit every year as well.  There we added a few more plants to be sure the car was filled to the brim.  The only thing that bothers me is that it was so rainy and cold by the time we got home, I never got my plants in the ground.  Darn weather is not cooperating at all.  The next day was so windy and cold, again I didn’t dare put them in for fear of a possible frost that night :(  You can guess where my Memorial Day was spent…right in my own backyard.




So many plants, so little time :)





The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.  ~Gertrude S. Wister

19. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

I can’t believe it’s already mid may!  Time has been flying by for me lately.  I Finally got some flowers and veggies planted!  Of course Gracie helped!

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Slowly but surely things are shaping up.

I hope its growing well in your garden!


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Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a
garden.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

My Granddaughter Gracie and I planted some seeds this week.  The weather was actually pleasant so we headed out to the back yard and got our hands dirty.

She is finally old enough to participate in gardening this year so I am excited to see her reaction to the seedlings sprouting.

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 Patience is the first lesson in gardening and 2 1/2 year old children don’t have a lot of it. ~(Heck I don’t have a lot of patience waiting for plants either)~ But that’s what she will learn about while she is waiting for her seedlings to appear.Web IMG_0472

Kids in the garden are so fun.  She was way more interested in digging in the dirt and getting her hands dirty than picking up tiny seeds and trying to place them in the tray.

Sounds like she is a natural to me!

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~”One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.”  ~W.E. Johns

13. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

Xtratuf Shoes are great in the garden but also great for everyday wear.  They come in 3 different styles for Men and Women and each comes in different colors as well.

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It’s Easter time and most of us picture bright sunny spring days filled with  birds chirping and flowers blooming.  Not this year in the North East. We have had gloomy skies for the past several days filled with March winds and flakes of snow whipping by.


But all is not lost because we can get through these last days of winter weather in the spring by taking in the little things around us, like daffodils in the grocery stores to bring home and pretend I have just picked from my garden, and a few brave bulbs beginning to emerge from the cold ground. 

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A Christmas cactus that thinks it’s an Easter cactus and old Easter cards that I found in a box. 



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These are what hold me over until the real thing comes along.


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That and the knowledge that in a few days we will be heading to Florida to sit ocean side in muuuch warmer weather than we have here. 

 So I’ll keep on smiling because we have made it this far and the worst is behind us now


…it just has to be.


  Happy Easter, I hope it’s spring like where you live!






17. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

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Time to dust off the garden tools and think spring.birkis

This should include being prepared for the first nice Spring day by knowing which shoes, boots or clogs you will slip on to greet the new year of gardening. Some folks may prefer an old pair of sneakers, flip flops or just plain old barefoot. puddletons That may work on a beautiful day if there’s not a lot of hard work to do, but what about a muddy or cold day.    Sneakers and flip flops don’t control the temperature of your feet or protect them from sharp tools or rocks…. And barefoot, well I don’t even need to explain that one.   Klogs Great clogs, waterproof, rugged with with an aggressive sole.  pretty too!

Any of those choices are not safe, healthy, or comfortable, not to mention the pedicure issues you will face.

Warm feet that are dry and safe make it easier to stay out there long enough to accomplish whatever task you need to do, no matter what the outside conditions are.  So whether you prefer clogsboots or shoes,there are so many to choose from at Garden Shoes Online.   

Xtratuf II Rubber/Neoprene Chevron Sole Shoe


Your feet and back will thank you for it. :D

Xtratuf Women's Deck Shoessloggers garden shoes~”f you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” ~Robert Brault

15. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

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  In all my years gardening I have cursed many a dog that has dug deep into my flower beds, torn down my climatis or eaten my tulip bulbs. I have also pleaded with teenagers not to stomp on my fledgling plants that are emerging when they retrieve their basketball, and then got angry with them for doing it anyway.  Gardens don’t usually fare too well when there are kids and dogs around. 

Even though I have spent the last five years building the gardens around my yard, I know that our new puppy will most likely undo a lot of my work.

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I have been spoiled with an old dog while I have expanded my beds.  He isn’t at all interested in digging or crushing anything in my yard.  He simply goes out to his dog run and then back inside.

Occasionally he lays in the grass and watches as I toil in the dirt, but mostly he is uninterested in my yard.  Offer him a walk and he’s ready to go, but to hang out and enjoy the scenery doesn’t thrill him at all.  He’d much rather a comfy bed indoors.  I guess being fourteen and a half allows him this preference but it has made me oblivious to dogs and the garden destruction they can often cause.

This new puppy my son brought home just before Christmas has changed everything.  He cant wait to get out there and bite the branches off of my lilac bushes and chew the sedum stalks. I am quite sure there will be plenty of holes to fill in and uprooted plants to replant but I am not complaining, well, not yet...it’s still winter. ..

                   …and they are still very cute!

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.  ~Gilda Radner !

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