Spring is a joyful time for gardeners as we begin a new season in our flower and vegetable gardens.   Each day brings new delights as we watch tender new growth emerge from winter dormant plants or from seed.  Then the nightmare begins.  We are devastated to see plants chewed or sheared to the ground.  We…

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I was immediately taken with this unique mailbox garden planter featuring matching coir-lined baskets from Plastec. I first discovered this multi-use product while decorating it with holiday trimming at Estabrook’s Design Center (where I work). Here is a photo of the finished project. I can only imagine how cool it will look with no-fuss, heat…

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I am so pleased with the response to our new notecard packets featuring many photos of my gardens as well as my sister Jane’s watercolors (pictured is one of her cards). Thank you! There are three different packets of assorted notecards (blank inside) to select from. Packets of 5 cards with envelopes are $11.50 including…

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The American Horticultural Society (AHS), founded in 1922, is dedicated to sharing with all Americans the critical role of plants, gardens, and green spaces in creating healthy, livable communities and a sustainable planet. AHS, one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country, has long been a trusted source of high quality gardening and…

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Winter is fast approaching…and so are the deer as they target your tasty shrubs and trees. Stop them in their tracks by using Plantskydd – a highly effective, organic repellent that works for months. Plantskydd is Swedish for ‘plant-protection’. It was first developed in Sweden to protect vast tree plantations from browsing deer, rabbits and…

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I LOVE Tyson M. Weiss’s unique and creative art accents for the home and garden. His design focuses on the visual–cerebral sensations of ‘flow’ that is most clearly seen by the way schools of fish curve in response to elements throughout an underwater landscape. Who could have dreamed of such an enchanting concept and then…

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I have been a long-time fan (and customer) of Bluestone Perennials, owned by Bill and Sarah Boonstra. This family-owned business (started by Bill’s father in 1972) is a premier mail-order company featuring exceptional perennials, shrubs and bulbs. Bluestone Perennials has been rated by garden consumers for many years among the top 30 gardening mail-order companies…

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I have to be one of the biggest fans of Broken Arrow Nursery, although I’m sure many of you are saying the same thing. This premier, family-owned, destination nursery is located in Hamden, CT. This candy store of unusual perennials, shrubs, conifers and trees will have you captivated – be sure to allow plenty of…

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Helianthus ‘Suncredible Yellow’.  Oh my! That is what I kept saying as I watched ‘Suncredilbe Yellow’ bloom nonstop with NO DEADHEADING from June through September. I was trialing it in a container. It’s a rockstar! I was so impressed by its beautiful branching habit with 4”, pollinator-friendly flowers appearing all over the plant, not just…

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Cotinus coggygria ‘Winecraft Black.  I fell in love with this purple-leaved smokebush the minute I saw it. Even though I find the frothy pinkish flowers appealing, it was the eye-catching purple foliage on this compact shrub that landed it in my shopping cart. ‘Winecraft Black’ is now a striking focal point in my front garden.…

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