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Friday Favorite: Labeled Plants

September 25th, 2015

I’m sure I’ve told of my love for labeled plants before, but after visiting Longwood Gardens I’m once again going to talk about how much I LOVE this!
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In the parking lot there are these lovely Winterberry Holly shrubs that I admire every single time I visit, which has always been in the spring and summer. The berries on it this fall were stunning! Now that I’ve seen it in all three season I’m certain I’ll be adding some to my garden.
Winterberry Holly 2
Over the past few winters I’ve been reading about adding winter interest to the garden. I’ve also been keeping a keen eye as I’m out and about to find things that work in my area. I think this plant will be a stunning addition to the garden for fall and winter interest.
Winterberry Holly 3
Winterberry Holly 4
When it comes to plant descriptions, my favorite place to check first is the Missouri Botanical Garden database. See what they have to say about Winterberry Holly here. It’s great to bookmark this site to use as a reference guide. Now off to find a few plants!

Do you have any plants that add winter interest in the garden?

Mother Earth News Fair

September 24th, 2015

Mr Chiots and I have been traveling for the past 10 days, it was a busy trip. We logged around 3000 miles, mostly by Mr Chiots while he traveled for work. I went along for the ride since he was headed to Ohio. While he worked, I visited with my family.
You can see photos from our trip to the Secrest Arboretum here. While at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA, our internet was pretty much non-existent in our room (big bummer). I managed to get a little on-line work done, but I had to sit out in the hall to do it. Which is not that comfortable.
I attended a few classes, mostly on winter gardening. Though I must say, all the classes I attended on the topic were taught by people in zones 7 or so, which is a whole different thing than trying to garden in winter in zone 5! There were so many great classes, I wished I could have attended more. I had at least two choices that I wanted to go to during every time slot. There was an interesting one on harvesting rain/surface water for livestock that I gleaned some great ideas from. I can’t wait to implement a few of the things I learned to collect water for the gardens and our livestock.
Mr Chiots had a booth for The Jojoba Company, which he is the manager of. I had to help occasionally because it was pretty busy, especially after the essential oil classes let out and everyone swarmed the table to buy jojoba as their carrier.
After we left Seven Springs, we went on to Kennet Square, PA to visit Longwood Gardens and a few other lovely spaces. More on those tomorrow.

Have you done any traveling lately?

Quote of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

September 20th, 2015

“I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that . . . as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet.”

-Thomas Jefferson (The Gardens of Monticello)
Is there anything more perfect than a BLT in summer? A small amount of meat and a lot of vegetables from the garden. I love to add slices of onion to my BLT, and thick slices of heirloom beefsteak tomatoes. In my mind, it’s the perfect meal for a late summer day, especially for breakfast!

Secrest Arboretum

September 19th, 2015

I’ve been on the road, traveling to Ohio to visit family, to Pennsylvania for the Mother Earth News Fair, and then on to Philly to go to Longwood and a few other places. My first day in Ohio, I met up with my sister and the nieces & nephew at Secrest Arboretum at the OARDC in Wooster, OH.
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Secrest Arboretum 1
It’s quite a lovely place to spend a day. There are perennial gardens, trees, water features, and amphitheater, catcus gardens, and a children’s garden complete with slide.
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It’s a great place to spend a day, walking, spending time outside and with each other. Admiring plants, taking photos, running, laughing, playing, everything a family fun day should be. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommending spending a few hours at this lovely place.

Do you have lovely gardens to visit in your area?

The Apple

September 17th, 2015

I’ve been in Ohio for a few days and walking around her garden. As you can see, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I used to spend a lot of time working in this garden with my mom. It’s interesting to see it change from year to year without seeing it continually.

Did your parents garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.