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Winter Gardens

This morning I’m appreciating how my garden gently and steadily slides into winter. I’ve often joked that when gardeners speak of “winter interest” I assume that they’re talking about a cup of hot tea and a good book. Or seed catalog. But the truth is that one of the secrets of a happy life is

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Keeping Potted Plants Outside All Winter

In my part of New England this is the “I have to admit I’m not going to get these planted…” time of year. I have a couple of shrubs that I’m not sure where I’m going to place them, and some small plants that will be donated to a non-profit next season. And then there

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Change of Season

As I work in the gardens this fall the beauty of the autumnal colors is breathtaking. I stop frequently to try and soak up the golden light from the lower-in-the-sky sun and the yellow foliage. I pause to appreciate the ‘Golden Delicious’ pineapple sage that is just coming into flower, and the Frosty Knight Lobularia

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Displaying Potted Plants

As the season winds down I go to my photo library to see what worked this past season and what didn’t. One of the overwhelming successes was using a never-sat-on garden bench for plant display. Although this bench is in the fragrance garden we never sit there, prefering the deck, or under the shady arbor

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Deciding What Plants to Save

Tonight we’re expecting our first frost at Poison Ivy Acres, so we’ve spent the past two days picking veggies and flowers, and pulling potted plants inside. I put many of my houseplants out for the summer, so many of these come back indoors, along with tender annuals, tropicals, succulents and other potted plants. But not

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Autumn Color

Most of the time “autumn color” means brilliantly colored trees. Red maples, yellow birches and rust-colored oaks. But the hues of autumn are striking at all levels and in all areas of the landscape. At this time of year we’re surrounded with a richness of colors and textures and it’s important to savor every inch

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