The Days Whittle Down – But There Is Soil to Test

  • Post published:12/01/2021
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Digging for soil test

Before the ground freezes I was determined to get my soil tested.  I think the result will be pretty good because we had to bring in 60 yards or more to create raised beds that would permit good planting spaces. As you all know, our yard/garden is a swamp when there is rain.  If we are  going to have a garden with lots of different plants we need to have good soil for raised beds.   Martin’s Farm (https://martinsfarmcompost.com/ was a dependable supplier of good soil and compost. (more…)

Berries on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – November 15, 2021

  • Post published:11/15/2021
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English Holly

On this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I will begin with a familiar English Holly. Very prickery, but beautiful  red berries. Everyone is familiar with English Holly at this time of the year.  However – (more…)

Muscari – Otherwise Named Grape Hyacinths

  • Post published:11/10/2021
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Muscari – otherwise known as Grape Hyacinths   photo November 3, 2021

Three years  ago I planted grape hyacinth bulbs in our new garden. I had never planted Muscari before and didn’t know it’s proper name – or how it would grow. The bulbs bloomed in the spring and I was delighted. The foliage continued after the blooms died, and then died itself in early summer. As  summer progressed I was shocked to see some weedy thing come up. Those shoots grew bigger and bigger and I  thought I must have planted them at the wrong time. I didn’t really pay attention to the notes that came with them. Surely they would be killed by the cold over the winter. (more…)

Father Frost Finally Arrived – But All Is Not Lost

  • Post published:11/05/2021
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Knock Out Red Roses

On Thursday morning I looked out into the dark morning and saw frost – first on the frosted  Knock Out red roses. Knock Out roses are very sturdy. This red rose bush has been blooming all season until now. It has been a hard year with intermittent rain and hot days, but this rose has persevered, though without its usual vivacity. I was worried if anything else had survived. (more…)

Unearthing the Secret Garden by Marta McDowell

  • Post published:10/29/2021
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Unearthing the Secret Garden by Marta McDowell

Marta McDowell gives us us a view of Frances Eliza Hodgson’s whole life, but the focus is on her book The Secret Garden and the gardens she created. When Unearthing the Secret Garden by Marta McDowell showed up in my mailbox I was thrown back into the past. My family moved from a Vermont farm to  an apartment in Stamford, Connecticut. I entered the John J. Ryle elementary school and fell in love  with my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Lupinachi, who read to us every day after lunch.  My favorite story was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I have never forgotten Mary, Colin and Dickon who discovered  a secret, and untended garden. Now Marta McDowell has brought us Unearthing the Secret Garden – The Plants & Places That Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett (more…)

The Roses That Bloom In Autumn

  • Post published:10/24/2021
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Knock Out Red Roses

Knock Out roses are famous for their dependability, the long bloom season and their  loveliness. My Knock Out Red Rose is a substantial bush and while it is not covered with blossoms there are more scattered on the bush. (more…)

Greenfield Garden Club Party – Hard Ciders For Tasting

  • Post published:10/20/2021
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For the third year the Greenfield Garden Club has offered a hard cider tasting. We have been learning about the difference between ciders. Sweet ciders that are available in supermarkets come straight from the apple press.  Hard ciders require fermentation.  The ciders at our party had about 5.7% of alcohol. Our part of the world has become an important place for those who enjoy hard cider. That is my husband carrying in a gallon of sweet cider, for…

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – October 15, 2021

Hydrangea ‘Firelight’

I’m not sure how we got to October with blooms! It’s been hot! The rains have been torrential. Nothing was sure. We don’t have a lot of blooms, but we  begin Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day with my ‘Firelight’ hydrangea. The name is because it gets pinker and pinker in the fall. the ‘Fire’ in Firelight is slightly exaggerated, but it is wonderful to  watch the shades of ‘red’ increase through the  fall. (more…)

Garden Allies – Insects, Birds and Other Animals

  • Post published:10/11/2021
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Garden Allies by Frederique Lavoipierre

In her book, Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds & Other Animals That Keep Your garden Beautiful and Thriving, (Timber Press $24.95) Frederique Lavoipierre opens up amazing worlds of  the creatures who may live in our garden, creatures who will benefit the garden! We learn about so many creatures from soil-dwelling micro-organisms to bats. For example: Did you know that the common woolly bear caterpillar is really the larva of a tiger moth? (more…)