VIRTUAL HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP

Are you still uncertain what to give a special person in your life? Problem solved!  Below are exceptional companies that offer unique, high-quality products.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with each of these businesses and seeing their merchandise first-hand. They have been vendors at my past Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposiums, attended by hundreds…

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The Last Blooms in the Garden

The last plants to finish blooming in my Maine garden this year was a powerhouse rose called ‘Ringo’ (I took this picture on November 11th after multiple nights in the 20’s) and a nonstop blooming Heuchera called ‘Timeless Night’. ‘Ringo’ has been decorated with many awards, world-wide. The single petaled flowers start out bright yellow with…

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STEP UP YOUR GUARD AGAINST DEER DAMAGE THIS WINTER

Now is NOT the time to let down your guard against gnawing critters, especially deer, that wreak havoc on gardens and landscapes.  Cold winter months can cause deer to devastate plants, even those that are not normally on their radar. I have never seen the extensive damage to unprotected evergreen hollies like I saw last…

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Espoma Organic Products are Beneficial Year-Round!

Many of you have read my praises for Espoma Organic Products in past newsletters. This top-rated manufacturer of organic potting mixes, soil amendments, garden and lawn fertilizers, and more is dedicated to producing premier products that are planet-friendly AND produced sustainably by solar power! Over 43,000 square feet of warehouse rooftops are covered in solar panels; eliminating more than…

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Inspiring Words of Love

While speaking at a garden Symposium in Ohio last month, I had the most heart-warming experience.  An elderly gentleman was sitting alone near my book signing table. Occasionally he would turn and smile at me. He gave me a thumbs up after I spoke. At the end of the symposium, he came over and gave…

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Holiday Gardening Gifts from Perennially Yours

Gifts from Perennially Yours: Assorted Notecards; Special $18 sale includes shipping on any of my four gardening books; Garden Video Lecture Bundles (4 or 5 one-hour lectures with detailed lecture notes); and Virtual Design Consultation gift cards. Click on images below for more details

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New 2023 Winter Flower Gardening Webinars

As the temperature drops my excitement rises as I begin working on this winter’s NEW flower gardening Webinars!  I will be presenting four virtual lectures in 2023; one each month from January to April.  Inspirational talks are packed with colorful slides featuring amazing plants and design ideas; low-maintenance, earth-friendly tips; and noteworthy gardening products. NOTE: YOU DO NOT…

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Hydrangea Tuff Stuff is a WINNER

If I had a penny for every time someone comes into the garden center where I work (Estabrook’s) and asks me why their big-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), such as ‘Endless Summer’, isn’t blooming, I would be a wealthy lady. But let me clarify – this common frustration is primarily isolated to hardiness Zones 5 and…

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Garden Makeovers: Before and After

I love designing gardens for clients. Below are three existing gardens in Kennebunk/Kennebunkport that had radical makeovers. All of these gardens were designed in fall and planted this spring. Two are shade gardens, one is full sun. ‘After’ photos were taken shortly after each installation. I also love to do Virtual Garden Design Consultations for…

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Classy White Gardens

White gardens, also called moon gardens, are actually not all white as foliage contributes additional colors. Silver along with variegated green and white foliage are especially valued in white gardens. Another design factor to consider is that most white flowers are not pure white – they have very subtle shades of yellow, pink, green, or…

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