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I went shopping on Monday and was surprised to see mums at the grocery store and Halloween candy on the grocery store shelves. It's that time of year again: back to school time, the last few weeks of August. As a gardener, I am seeing...

What a month we are having! First it was HOT. Really hot. Then it started raining and just kept on raining. The good news is that I have never seen the ground so saturated and ready for plants in August as it is now. The...

This week, everywhere I went, I saw huge stands of our native summersweet, Clethra alnifolia. What a heady scent this shrub has. It is really easy to grow, a pollinator I spotted this Eastern black swallowtail caterpillar on my fennel plant magnet, and will perfume your yard...

Some Interesting New Plants   I was at a nursery the other day and I discovered a new and very cool summer blooming Spirea. It is called 'Painted Lady' and the leaves are variegated white and green! Oddly enough, they told me that in early spring, the...

When you think of summer, what flowers come to mind? Top of the list are hydrangeas. This week we are SO psyched to be hosting Lorraine Ballato, CT author and hydrangea expert. Her long awaited workshop Success with Hydrangeas is happening this Saturday morning from...

An INSTANT Pollinator Garden   Do you want to do something to help our precious pollinators? I keep reading post on Facebook that folks just aren't seeing the bees they used to see in their yards. Not me. My yard is ABUZZ with life, even at night...

Is it hot enough for you? This happens every year in July, but for some reason, we all think it's something new. Heat waves happen in the summer in CT and they are good for one thing: they make the tomatoes grow. And eggplants and...

Happy last week in June!  I am having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that next Wednesday is the 4th of July but the garden tells me it's true. As I have said many times, I see the passage of time in terms of what is blooming in...

Happy Pollinator Week. There really is a week for that? You betcha. Pollinators are vital to life on this planet. And, at Natureworks, we are teaching  Pollinators come in every size and shape.   our customers to protect and help pollinators every single day. It all starts with...

Do you have a "Happy Place"? For me, it's my garden. For many of you, it is Natureworks! This week, all I can say is that the garden center is just BEAUTIFUL. So much is in flower, the weather is gorgeous, and folks are smiling...