Going Native

I’ve been spending time with the natives this year. It’s opened up a new way of looking at things, from planting scheme design to the  experience of being outdoors. Eradicating invasives has been the practical necessity of restoring our property and bringing our more native-friendly design to life.  There’s an entire community of people focused […]

Bee friendly this pollinator week

Much has been written about the alarming threats to our bee populations and the benefits of adding natives to attract pollinators of all types to your habitat.  In honor of National Pollinator Week, I think I’ll try this fun-looking project to welcome more bees into our garden, courtesy of the Pollinator Partnership. In honor of […]

A Spring planter

In this planter, ferns and heuchera are joined by some violas.  Some moss completes the composition.  The results seem to be deer-proof, so far — and shade-tolerant.  As perennials, they can be relocated to another part of the garden at the end of the season, to return again next Spring.

Catching up

We recently celebrated the first year anniversary of living in our new home. If Year 1 was about improving our home’s infrastructure, Year 2 is about the garden.  And this has been a do-it-yourself season!  I’ll post the entire before-and-afters at some point.  Right now, take a tour through some early spring highlights. More soon! […]


Winter and spring are wrestling.  The majority of our snow — and major storms — hit in March. The bulbs can survive. The snowdrops below first appeared in March, and then were buried under nearly two feet of snow following a couple of n’oreasters. That’s resilience. While there is barely a garden, some former occupant […]

Shifting seasons

One harbinger of the slow, subtle shift from winter to spring  is witch hazel (hamamelis). The varieties of this shrub bloom from February through early March, with tiny flowers – crinkled wisps. We included a witch hazel in the front bed.  It has endured sustained sub-freezing temperatures and the regular stiff winds here on Windy […]

The next chapter

Time flies and there’s nothing like moving to really drive that point home. It’s bittersweet to read this blog and to recall our nearly 18 years in our first home, as we embark on a new adventure.  The love, care and improvements we made Building a garden that is now mature.  Love, friendship and good […]