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Nutri-Mulch

I first learned about Nutri-Mulch when I discovered that Bill Cullina, Executive Director at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, uses this organic material on their display beds. That was good enough for me so I gave it a try. I could not be more pleased with how this rich dark material (undyed!) suppresses weeds, reduces water…

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Evan and Mom’s Corner

Evan had a blast over Memorial Day weekend when he returned to Ballston Spa, NY where he grew up. He went to visit his best friend, Connor Preece, who had just graduated with an MBA from Marist College PLUS recently closed on his first home. What a celebration it was! Connor and Evan are the…

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Flower Garden Containers

In spite of the cool, rainy weather this past weekend, I was determined to plant containers for my home’s entryway. I felt like a crazed chef concocting masterpieces – instead of flour flying everywhere, it was Espoma’s organic potting soil. I must have made quite the scene because several neighbors came over to see what…

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Enjoyed your lecture tremendously

I enjoyed your lecture tremendously. And the inspiration you generated greatly benefited three local garden centers the next day! Also enjoying your books. Treating the earliest one like a bible. it’s wonderful for a “dabbler” gardener who’s still learning. Thank you. Arlene in CT

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Dramm Garden Hose gets a gold star

Don’t you just hate it when garden hoses kink? You’re watering away and then suddenly, no water. You follow the hose back to where the frustrating crimp is, wrestle the section into a smooth line, and by the time you begin watering again, ZAP! there is another kink. I felt like I was in garden…

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Ceanothus Marie Bleu

Ceanothus ‘Marie Bleu’ (New Jersey Tea) I recently discovered this mesmerizing spring flowering shrub. Caenothus ‘Marie Bleu’ has masses of soft blue flowers that are followed by glossy red seed heads in late summer. It grows to 24” to 36” tall and prefers sun to part sun. ‘Marie Bleu’ is drought tolerant and flowers on…

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Supertunia Really Red

Supertunia ‘Really Red’ This petunia is a showboat, and I love it! The bold, REALLY red flowers are large and numerous. This is a new Supertunia from Proven Winners. I first saw it last winter from across an exhibit hall at a green industry trade. I just planted a sweep of ‘Really Red’ in front…

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New Perennial Mukgenia

Mukgenia   This perennial is awesome! I spotted it at Holdridge Garden Center (in Ledyard, CT) when I spoke there earlier this month. It is a cross between Mukdenia ‘Crimson Fans’ and Bergenia. The rich pink flowers, attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, open in April and continue into early June. The jagged leathery leaves turn a…

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Hydrangea Talk and Plant Sale at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

Each Spring Coastal Maine Botanical Garden Hosts the Classic Plantastic! Plant Sale. And we’re talking some really cool, unusual plants. The first day of the sale is on Saturday, June 17th, the same day as my lecture at the Garden. I’ll be talking about Growing Honkin’ Hydrangeas in the Northeast. The lecture is at 1:00…

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Adrian Bloom and Inspiration for Your Landscape Symposium

Please plan to join me and many others as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bressingham Gardens located at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA. This festive symposium, Inspiration for Your Landscape, will take place on Tuesday, July 25 from noon – 5:00 p.m., followed by a special evening reception. The afternoon includes lectures, garden…

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