Category Archives: Featured Garden

ONE THING

September 15, 2019

One Thing

One thing I’m working on this year is my gratitude. One of the ways I work on it is, every morning, my goal is to write at least five things (though usually it’s more like fifteen or twenty) that I’m grateful for from the day before. It’s been about a month since we started, and it’s simple but a really nice way to connect at the end of the day, and for each of us to share our day. Wit...

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HERB COLLECTION AND A RUSTIC TOOL BOX?

September 01, 2019

Herbs and a Rustic Tool Box

White Flower Farm is a favorite catalog and source for many lovely bulbs, flowers, seeds and inspirations. One idea that I was inspired by and wanted to have is an herb collection in a rustic tool box planter. I had seen it on their website, and I kept coming back to it. Finally, I asked for it as a gift and when my husband went to order it, it was ‘Sold Out.’ I waited too long, and I was bumm...

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IT STINKS

July 07, 2019

Corpse Flower

It’s been in the news, and it stinks. In this case, ‘it stinks’ doesn’t mean a bad or unpleasant situation. It means it smells rancid, and this rancid, putrid aroma comes from of all places, a flower. I know I only think of flowers as having lovely aromas like lavender or peonies or roses, but this flower is not your average bloom. Besides having an overwhelming rancid aroma, it takes 7-10...

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PREPARING YOUR SPRING GARDEN

May 05, 2019

Preparing Your Spring Garden

Last year in Westport, CT, I attended one of Terrain’s Coffee and Conversation Events: Preparing Your Spring Garden. I was there to get the real “dirt” on how to prepare my garden. Angela Truck, who is their Exterior Design Specialist, lead the conversation. As I have found from the other Coffee and Conversations, she has a wealth of knowledge and information. I learn something new every t...

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JOY, SURPRISE AND FRUSTRATION

July 29, 2018

My Cutting Garden

My cutting garden brings joy, surprise, and frustration (at times). The joy is a seed germinating into a lovely and colorful flower. The surprise is that I never know what is going to reseed on its own. The frustration is about what does not bloom and, as always, the weeding that is endless. The Dahlias are struggling a little as only half of the tubers are growing, but I know I will love ...

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BLOOMING SUBJECTS: HOW DO I PICK THEM?

April 15, 2018

Blooming Subjects: How Do I Pick Them?

Get it?…my blooming subjects: how do I pick them? Actually, I don’t hand pick any of them unless I photograph them in my studio. When it comes to choosing my blooming subjects, I look for something unique. I always love the well-known flowers like peonies, tulips and cosmos. The artist in me also pushes me to look for the unique, curious and unknown. I find it also opens up a new world of wond...

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THE REAL DIRT ON PREPARING YOUR SPRING GARDEN

March 25, 2018

Preparing Your Spring Garden

Last weekend in Westport, CT I attended one of Terrain’s Coffee and Conversation Events: Preparing the Spring Garden. I was there to get the real “dirt” on how to prepare my garden. Angela Truck, who is their Exterior Design Specialist, lead the conversation. As I have found from the other Coffee and Conversations, she has a wealth of knowledge and information. I learn something new every ti...

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BUTTERFLIES FLUTTERING ABOUT

March 18, 2018

Butterflies Fluttering About

In early March, I visited the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) to see the Open Air Native Butterfly Exhibit. The only caveat was that it was 52ºF (11ºC) and butterflies don’t fly unless it’s 60ºF (15ºC) or warmer. As disappointing as that was, there was still much to see, learn about, and enjoy. And fortunately, there were a few rogue butterflies fluttering about even in the cooler desert wea...

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THE FOUR-LEAF CLOVER

March 11, 2018

The Four-Leaf Clover

Do you associate the clover with St. Patrick's Day as much as I do: the luck of the Irish, the four-leaf clover? Did you know that clovers produce delicate flowers, one being the Pink Flowering Oxalis (featured at the top of the post)? I never associated flowers with clovers until I stumbled upon this sweet pink one at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. Do you associate the clover wit...

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ANNA’S BLOOMS

February 04, 2018

Anna's Blooms

Anna of Anna’s Blooms is a landscape architect, flower lover, wife, mother, friend, flower grower, gardener, flower arranger, wedding bouquet creator and writer of Wednesday’s Flower facts. 'Every flower has its own personality.' ~ Anna Karina Johansen The day of an event Anna is a wealth of knowledge and talent. We had the chance this past year to chat about her flower arranging. On the da...

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