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COME STROLL WITH ME IN SOME ENCHANTING ENGLISH GARDENS

If you’ve been thinking about visiting some of the most noteworthy English gardens, as well as some exquisite, lesser known gems, then check out my July 2 – 11 tour that includes the unmatched Hampton Court Flower Show. This sure-to-be memorable excursion is limited to 35 people. To learn more about all of the featured…

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IF YOU CAN’T GARDEN OUTDOORS, PUT ON YOUR INDOOR GARDEN GLOVES

I have many indoor plants that ‘suddenly’ get more of my attention after the first hard frost. They become my ‘new love’, especially those that go into bloom or continue into bloom in winter. Check out Espoma’s blog post on some of the best indoor plants and their care. Cooler weather also triggers many of…

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Back Off Bambi

With colder weather approaching, so are deer. Many shrubs are prime targets for voracious consumers. Some of their favored snacks are arborvitae, yew and rhododendrons. Stop them in their tracks with Plantskydd animal repellant, which is 100% guaranteed and approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). Plantskydd was the first organic animal repellant to…

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You need sunglasses to look at this perennial!

One thing for sure, Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’ is not shy. It’s a bling machine! This workhorse perennial blooms from July into fall with no deadheading. I took this picture just a few weeks ago in my garden. Not only am I still enjoying it, so are the bees. ‘Golden Arrow’ is hardy in Zones 4…

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All gardening books $18.50 each and FREE SHIPPING

Yep, it’s that time of the year when I roll back prices on all of my gardening books for holiday gift-giving – including gifting yourself! HO! HO! HO! Any of my four books are only $18.50 each and include free shipping. This offer includes my newest book, The Budget-Wise Gardener, being released in early February,…

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Jazz up your Winter Landscape

It’s time I faced reality and accepted the fact that wi….wint….winte…winter (I said it!) is around the corner. Winters can be very long in Maine. To help combat the winter blues, I like creating attention-grabbing winter vignettes, both in the front landscape, as well as in the sightlines of commonly used rooms, like my home…

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Evan and Mom’s Corner October 2017

Evan called the other day and said he had some exciting news to share. My mind started spinning…was he going to ask Meg to marry him? Did he decide to hire a cleaning service for the apartment he shares with his friend Matt? Nope. He is moving farther away from me. To California. Evan said…

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This Honey of a Plant will Surprise You!

Get ready to jump out of the way! Earlier this summer I helped my sister with a new garden in front of her farm house located near me in Kennebunk. This garden faces directly south. I took this picture shortly after we planted it. I was ASTOUNDED by how quickly Supertunia ‘Honey’ created a lush…

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Garden Design is ‘pumpkined’ out!

The Autumn issue of Garden Design is another home run! There are so many incredible features. As I leaf through the 145 page, ad-free magazine, I cannot decide which enticing article to read first. The 38-page head-turner on ‘Great American Trees’ grabs my attention. In addition to featuring breathtaking native specimens for many different hardiness…

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Tough Sepcies Tulips and Miniature Daffodils

This is the time of the year when gardeners are digging lots of holes in the garden, burying precious bulbs of various sizes and shapes. Sadly, there is usually an audience watching us with grins on their furry faces. I’m talking deer, squirrels, voles and chipmunks. GRRRRRR. (Right: Daffodil ‘Kokopelli’, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs) Thankfully…

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