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Ordering American Grown Flowers

Did you know that the percentage of cut flowers sold in the USA aren’t grown in the United States? More to the point, however, is the following question: did you know that you have the ability to order flowers that are American Grown? In many parts of this country you can find cut flowers that

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Celebrating The Seasons

I was going to buy some flowers for the table, but realized that it would be more appropriate to stay with the slow-food, slow-flowers theme. So the table for our Winter Solstice dinner was set with assorted candles, hellebores from the garden, green sprigs from the houseplants, and a few Ranunculus from bouquets from Battenfelds, in the mid-Hudson valley.

In the rush and hype of Christmas and New Year’s, the Winter Solstice gets left in the dust…or perhaps lost in the dark would be more appropriate wording. In the northern hemispheres, however, this is an important time as the days will begin to grow ever so slowly longer. For gardeners and plant people, it

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Welcoming A New Dog to the Garden

He is most comfortable and carefree when he's next to us. It's a big world that we're introducing him to, and it's sometimes a bit scary for a small dog...

As many of you know, our dear dog Riley died last March. After grieving him for the past summer, in September we finally felt ready to accept a new dog into our lives. On Wednesday we brought Sparky home from Cape Ann Animal Aid in Glouchester. He is a rescue puppy from Puerto Rico (a

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Plant Connections & Dreaming of Chanticleer

Here is the photo that was submitted through the app.  Don't you love how the wonder of plants can bring total strangers together?

As many of you know, I am one of the advisors for Garden Compass, a smartphone app that allows people to have a plant or plant problem identified by actual human eyeballs…when you have this app it’s like having a garden geek in your pocket.

I had a great conversation with one of the Garden

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Healthy Weight Loss? You Can Grow That!

Steamed green beans, about 50 calories. Three large cherry tomatoes, about 15. Two tablespoons of hummus for dipping, 70 calories. So for less than 150 calories you have a flavorful, statisfying snack or lunch. Emphasis on the word flavorful.

Put aside the myths, products and gimmicks about weight loss and what you’ve got is the truth: it’s a matter of calories taken in and calories burned. For most people (yes, there are exceptions) if more than you’ve burned and you gain weight. Eat less and you lose weight. So the trick for many of

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In a Garden…

Sometimes we just have to take the time,

or open our eyes,

and be willing to be fully present,

and say yes to it all.

 

So why are we making it seem so hard?

Walk through your gardens each evening with open eyes. Forget the work, what’s left to be

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