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20 Aug
Paradise Unleashed!

I just coined a new name for my garden: Paradise unleashed! That phrase came to mind last Friday as I sat and watched in awe the life in the garden unfolding before me. Two pairs of hummingbirds did their spiral dance before my eyes. A...

The DAISY DAYS of Summer are Here! Pt. II

'Teddy Bear' sunflowers are so much fun! My garden at home is filled to overflowing with every kind of daisy imaginable. First of all, there are sunflower "trees" everywhere (see the picture at the top of this email). I remove many of the lower leaves and...

The DAISY DAYS of Summer

What a wonderful sound to wake up to, a steady rain falling on the roof on Tuesday. It's a relief to know that our gardens and lawns are finally getting the deep soaking they need. This weather makes it the perfect time to plant your fall...

Design Inspiration for the August Garden

It's August and gardens are lush and abundant. There are many ways to think about the garden at this time of year. Recently I was reading Ken Druse's latest book The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change  This...

Keeping it FRESH!

It's a glorious summer week. The humidity is lessening, scattered thunderstorms have brought  rain to some towns, and the garden is alive with life. We're keeping it fresh here at Natureworks with lots of new annuals, plenty of colorful perennials, interesting ornamental grasses, and beautiful...

Nothing Says Summer in my CT Garden Like…

Phlox paniculata in all colors and sizes in the summer garden. How would you finish the sentence that is the title of this article? This certainly is one of the peak weeks of summer. Veggies and fruits and flowers are in abundance. Here are some plants...

A Celebration of Summer

Dear Alison, We are SO excited this week. Why? We are hatching monarch butterflies like crazy. I walked into the shopTuesday morning and there were FOUR monarchs born the night before, ready to be released. On the cash register counter is a large glass case with...

The Place is Buzzing… Bee Here!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="191"] Butterfly bushes are not a larval food plant but they sure are a GREAT nectar plant for butterflies of all types and sizes. I have them all around my deck where I sit every evening.[/caption] Butterfly bushes are not a larval food...

It’s Monarch Month!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="250"] Learn how to find these tiny monarch caterpillar eggs on milkweed plants.[/caption] Summertime is here in all its glory and education is something we are passionate about.  At Natureworks, we have proclaimed July to beMonarch Month. Jillian Shea, our very creative Natureworker,...

It’s Blooming Beautiful!

July has arrived and it promises to be a beautiful week for gardening, parades, picnics, and parties. Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year and I am taking advantage of that fact to enjoy a long weekend and recharge my batteries. For as...