An unexpected find

Since moving to this old house, I’ve probably spent hours staring out the window and walking around the property, envisioning the original gardens. I’ve envisioned possible frameworks clearly in my mind, but the evidence suggests that’s the only place any garden every existed – my imagination.  The one old photograph on the historical society’s website […]

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 […]


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 […]