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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...

Summer Color is Here!

Welcome to the first week of summer. What a lovely time of the year. The gardens are bursting with color.  Hummingbirds visit the pots around my deck every day. Bees and pollinators abound in our organically tended landscapes. We are eating from the gardens more...

What a Week!

I sat down to write this email and was astounded to realize the sheer number of celebrations we are having this week: dads, the summer solstice, pollinators, master gardeners, the June Prune, fairies, and herbs! Wow! Allow me to elaborate...

Classic Garden Plants Reign Supreme!

Welcome to one of the most wonderful weeks of the gardening year. Hydrangeas, roses, foxgloves, astilbes, peonies, irises, and so many more classic garden flowers are in their glory right now. I believe that a good garden is built around the classics. Young, beginning gardeners...

The Plants are Rejoicing!

Rain at last! As gardeners, it has been very difficult dealing with six weeks of drought and heat during the spring. The spell has been broken. Our rain gauges are overflowing. Deep, soaking rain for three days has revitalized the landscape. Planting season resumes, full...