Category Archives: My Garden

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 DIDN’T HAPPEN THIS YEAR

August 04, 2019

It Didn't Happen This Year

It didn’t happen this year, and I’m a little unhappy about it, to say the least. What didn’t happen, you ask..? My cutting garden. It’s hard for me to fathom that I didn’t get one single seed planted. At least there are a few flowers that are blooming this summer, whose seeds have resurfaced from years past and... a whole lot of weeds. With our upcoming renovation of our house starting ...

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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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FORSYTHIA

April 21, 2019

Forsythia

Forsythia is a word I enjoy saying because of how it rolls off my tongue. It’s also a shrub I have fallen in love with over the years as it’s one of the first signs of spring. It mutes out the grey, dreary “sticks” of winter with the most vibrant pops of yellow. It renews my spirit and gives me the belief that spring is coming. It’s sunshine on here on earth, and it brings joy as it melt...

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THE MANY FLOWERS OF MY GARDENS

March 24, 2019

Cafe au Lait Dahlia

It’s all about survival for me during these cold and grey winter days to let the many flowers of my gardens occupy my mind and heart. So, with the first day of spring having sprung (though you would never know it looking out my window), it’s my joyful reminder to start planning the flowers to grow in my gardens and for cutting. Are you as excited as I am to think about, dream of, and plan the ...

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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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CLEANING OUT MY CUTTING GARDEN

May 20, 2018

Cleaning Out My Cutting Garden

After this very long winter, I’m cleaning out my cutting garden, as it’s a complete mess this year. It has never looked so bad. It has tons of weeds and overgrown grass, though there is one plant that I will keep: my Orange Oriental Poppies. I don’t know how, but year after year they reappear in exactly the same place in a perfectly straight line. While other flowers will reseed, I never kno...

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PROCRASTINATING ABOUT PLANNING MY CUTTING GARDEN

May 06, 2018

Procrastinating

I’m procrastinating about planning my cutting garden again, for no good reason. While others have already started to germinate seeds that need a head start, I’m still sitting here debating what I want to plant. I know I get overwhelmed with all of the beautiful possibilities. Also, I'm always wanting to create my best cutting garden yet. For obvious reasons, though, that won’t happen as som...

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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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BLOOMING SUBJECTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION

April 08, 2018

Blooming Subjects: It's All About Location

So how do I pick my blooming subjects? First, as they say, it’s all about location. In this case, I have six places I photograph: Out in nature, is a very peaceful and calming place to experience other wildflowers. I shoot in my studio/office. I don't shoot there as much as I did when I started, as I find there is something special about experiencing flowers in their own habitat. My own...

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