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There is no denying it, things are changing. As I write this, tiny snowflakes are flying through the air. Last Friday I worked outside with one of my crews and had on five layers of clothing and winter gloves. The leaves have fallen off the...

August can be a lovely month. I was fortunate enough to have a few extra days off over the last weekend and the weather was gorgeous. I spent a bit of time gardening and a lot of time sitting and watching my garden pulse with...

What a summer we are having! So many extremes, it sure is keeping us on our toes as gardeners. The heat wave this weekend tested us, that's for sure. Then, blessed relief and LOTS of rain. Again. Do you know what that means? Expect the...

This week the crops in our summer gardens are jumping for joy. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn and so many of the food that we grow in our edible gardens are tropicals. They LOVE and NEED the heat. I bet you will Monday's dinner harvested minutes before...

Summer is truly here in all its glory. In my world, we call this time of year "high summer" because the sun is high in the sky. I just got back from a delightful 6 day Staycation. I got into a nice routine of gardening...

Are you sick of ice, slush, and snow? Me too. Winter is getting a bit weary. I have just the solution! Head up to the CT Convention Center in Hartford this Thursday thru Sunday and visit the CT Flower and Garden Show. It is such...

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...