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New Plants

July 28th, 2015

Yesterday was my birthday, so a friend too me to lunch and we went to a little local greenhouse. It was a little gem of a place, hidden in Searsport, Maine. It’s perfectly named ‘Hidden Gardens’.
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It was the perfect little greenhouse. It was surrounded by flowerbeds here and there to showcase some of what they sold. The greenhouse/potting shed was super cute. From what we learned, the woman who ran it died last year and her son and husband are keeping it alive. Pardon the cell phone images, I didn’t take my real camera with me to the greenhouse. I promise I will be back again soon and provide you with quality images of the locale.
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The plants were very reasonably priced, I picked up loads of stuff for less than I’d pay for 3 perennials at most of the local shops. In my score were two tree peonies, if you know anything about those, they can be super pricey. Here’s what I got:
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It was definitely a great way to spend the day, what fun we had! Is there anything better to get for a gardener for her birthday than a trip to a local greenhouse? I think not.

Do you have any little greenhouses like this in your are?

Belfast Garden Tour #3

July 13th, 2015

It’s garden tour season here in Maine. I’ve missed the first few weeks, but I finally made it one last Friday and then to the George’s River Land Trust Garden tour yesterday. Here is the garden from the Belfast Garden Club Tour on Saturday.
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One of the things I love about garden tours is that you get to look at real garden (at least most of them). I realize that my garden is just as great as most gardens. We often forget when looking at magazines and Pinterest photos that we’re looking at gardens that have been nipped and tucked, clipped and cleaned beyond what most of us can do. As a photographer, I also know that you can shoot around certain things, use depth of field to hide others, and use the light to get things to look different than they do in person.

Do you ever go on local garden tours?

Fieldstone Gardens

May 27th, 2015

This past weekend, Mr Chiots and I headed out to Fieldstone Gardens in Vassalboro, Maine. It’s a small greenhouse nearby that I’ve been wanting to go to for quite a while. I really appreciate greenhouses like this one, you can really tell it’s all about gardening, not necessarily about selling plants. The greenhouse is surrounded by beautiful fields with old stone walls. There’s an orchard, ornamental beds filled with lilacs and other perennials. There’s a small greenhouse filled with heat loving plants, a snail topiary in the growing field out back, a beautiful little potting shed store.
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The pig statue above is now on my list of thing I’d love to have in the garden. Since we’re not getting real pigs this year, one like this would be perfect. I’m so happy to have discovered this beautiful place. Places like this are such an inspiration and I’d much rather spend my gardening cash at little local stores instead of the big box greenhouses. This place is so nice I’ll be taking any gardener that comes to visit up to walk the grounds.

Do you have a great little greenhouse nearby where you can purchase plants and be inspired?

Soaking up the Sun

April 13th, 2015

Yesterday was simply BEAUTIFUL! It was sunny and warm, with temperatures going up to almost 60 degrees. Today is supposed to be even warmer. We wanted to take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy some of Maine’s beautiful scenery. We headed out to Mt Battie on the coast. We bought a map and planned out hikes for the coming warm months.
It was stunning. We sat in the sun on a big rock for a long time, soaking up the sun and enjoying the scenery. The perfect way to enjoy the first warm day of the season.

Do you have any scenic places to visit nearby?

Bird Hop and Swap

May 12th, 2014

Mr Chiots and I have been trying to take a Sunday or two each month to go out and explore the lovely state we reside in.  It’s nice when these jaunts can be used for errands we needed to go on.  Yesterday we headed East with three of our muscovy ducks in boxes in the back.  We stopped about 45 minutes into our trip to deliver them to lady who bought them.  Two were staying with her and one was heading up north to another farm.  We also picked up a chocolate muscovy from her to add new color and fresh genes to our flock along with a box of Freedom Ranger chicks to deliver to the farm we were visiting.
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We continued east and made sure to stop at Helen’s Restaurant in Machias because several people told us the pie was fantastic. Wild blueberry pie was enjoyed by both of us, Mr Chiots enjoyed his with a la mode of course, mine was plain.
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Since we were headed up to Lubec, we decided to stop at the Quoddy Head State park to see the lighthouse and visit the easternmost point in the United States.
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Then we stopped at Muddy Hoof Farm to pick up heritage turkey hatching eggs and drop off her chicks. Our neighbor will be hatching them out for us in exchange for a dressed turkey at Thanksgiving. These are the most expensive eggs I have ever purchased! There are three heritage breeds in the mix, it should be interesting to see how many hatch and what we end up with.
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On our way back home we drove through the part of Acadia National park that is on the mainland. It’s a short loop, only 6 miles long, but just as beautiful as the big park. Whenever I visit places like this I don’t take a ton of photos because I always feel like they never can do it justice.
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We arrived home just before sunset with time to incorporate our well traveled duck and more miles under our belts. It’s certainly nice to live in such a picturesque place.

Any traveling miles logged by you this past weekend?

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