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Soaking It Up

February 21st, 2017

I spent the last half of last week in Ohio, visiting family. On Saturday it was 74 degrees. Naturally, I spent the afternoon sitting in the sun on front porch reading a book (The Memory of Us, a historical fiction).

I took a short walk around the garden with my parents, my mom was feeling well enough for a bit to make a quick jaunt around the garden seeing the very first early crocus popping up out the soil.

It won’t be long until spring arrives in Ohio, we still have a while here in Maine. That small taste of it gave me the push I needed to get started on a few early chores. This week I plan on starting a flat of spring cassis and lettuces. Perhaps I’ll even start some celery and a few other herbs.

When does spring usually arrive in your garden?

Digging Out

February 14th, 2017

Sunday and Monday we had a big nor’easter hit us here in Maine. We spent a large portion of the day yesterday digging some things out, more digging will be done today. It’s hard to say how much snow we got, with the gusting winds and drifting it’s waist high in some places and only a foot in others. If I had to guess I’d say we got between 18-24″.





It’s like mother nature was procrastinating this year. We’ve gotten 3-4 feet of snow in the past week and there’s another 15 inches or so predicted for tomorrow. I am happy that there’s finally enough snow for snowshoeing, which is one of my favorite winter activities.

What’s the worst kind of weather you get in your garden?

Friday Favorite: Puddyprints

February 3rd, 2017

A few of the cats don’t mind the snow, I love that they go out and leave little pawprints all over the front rocks and trails through the snow.

It makes me smile when I got outside and see their little prints all about the snow.

A Fresh Look

February 2nd, 2017

I love it when a fresh layer of snow falls. this is when I find myself looking over the garden, thinking about structure. The boxwood hedge around the front and side of the house is fantastic, every time I see it I am reminded that I need far more hedges and winter structure in the garden.



Boxwood is definitely a favorite of mine, partly because it’s evergreen and looks fantastic in winter. I also love that it’s so low-maintenance and so easy to propagate yourself from cuttings! Every summer I take a few cuttings to make new plants and hopefully some day new hedges. Perhaps this summer as I scale back the vegetable garden a bit, I’ll be able to start hundreds of box cuttings for future hedges.

Hydrangeas are another favorite in winter. Even though they’re not evergreen, they still provide some much needed interest in the winter garden. I find myself seeing a glimpse of their summer glory when I see the dried blossoms covered with snow.

What’s your favorite plant that adds winter interest in the garden?

Planning Hedges

January 30th, 2017

I’ve been thinking a lot about hedges during this winter season. As I walk around the sleeping garden, I’m trying to decide where hedges will help with snow drifting, wind, and provide much needed structure and interest. I’m also in need of hedges to close up spaces and break my very large garden into smaller, more intimate areas. I’ve always been enamored with hedges, I notice and photograph them everywhere I go. One place I particularly loved the hedges was in Sweden.




At the moment, I’ve selected a few different hedges to instal this summer. One is going to be a particularly large undertaking, around 400 beech plants around two side of the main garden in the back. This spring will be spent preparing the ground for them and hopefully I will be able to order them and get them planted in early summer. Here’s hoping we don’t have another drought this coming summer!

Do you have any hedges in your garden? What’s your favorite hedge plant?

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