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Cutting Garden Class

June 5th, 2018

This past weekend, a few friends and I went to a cutting garden class at Fieldstone garden. Fieldstone is a lovely garden center with beautiful gardens, I don’t need a class to have an excuse to go, but it’s a good reason to make a trip.

It was mostly focused on perennials that can be used for cut flower arrangements. We were given this fantastic list from the University of Vermont. I have dreams of turning the potager behind the house into a cutting garden someday. Now that the deer and wild turkeys have discovered the edible gardens, I need to keep all the edible things contained to one area that can be easily fenced in. The potager will make a lovely cutting garden, conveniently located right behind the house.

I have a decent amount of perennial flowers and plants that offer good options for cut flowers. Each year I try to add a few more. There are a few more things I’d like to add, perhaps a golden smoke bush, another variety of ninebark for colorful foliage, and I could always have a few more peonies and roses in the garden.

Do you grow flowers for cutting?

Local Sources

May 17th, 2018

One of the great things about living in Maine, is that there are a wealth of small business around. A few months after we moved up here, we met Duane, the owner of Dewey’s Lumber & Cedar Mill. Since then, we’ve become friends. I get cedar shavings off of him for the chicken coop, as well as lumber for raised beds. When he asked if I could some take photos for his new website, I was more than happy to. Two weeks ago, I went out and caught Duane and his guys in action.

Duane and his wife Kim, get eggs from our chickens. I head out to the mill a every few months to get things I need and to drop off eggs. It’s great being able to support a friend and local business. We feel very fortunate to live in an area where small, local businesses are prevalent.

Do you have any great local businesses you like to support?

Friday Favorite: Finding a Plant

May 4th, 2018

I read about ‘New Dawn’ roses many years ago and have been looking for one for my garden ever since. A few years ago, I saw one at a local garden center, but with a price tag of $60, I decided to keep looking. I knew I could order one on-line, but generally prefer to support small independent local greenhouses when I can.

Yesterday, I was out with a friend and we stopped at Guini Ridge Farm in Rockport, Maine. There it was, a ‘New Dawn’ rose for $25! I grabbed one and a ‘White Dawn’ as well.

If this rose is as hardy and prolific as they say, I’ll be pleased as punch to have it grow up and cover the ugly part of the house. Since this is an own root rose, I’m hoping I can take cuttings and propagate my own. I have a few spots around the farm that could benefit from a large climbing rose and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at taking rose cuttings.

Naturally, I also left with a few herbs for the garden. Look at all those variegated leaves! I couldn’t pass up the lovely variety of Lobularia either (it’s ‘Deep Lavender Stream’).

Have you ever looked for a plant for years before finding it?

Pruning Clinic

May 1st, 2018

Last Saturday morning, one of my favorite local greenhouses held a pruning clinic. Fieldstone Gardens is one of my favorite places to go look for plants. It’s an fairl small place, so you don’t get overwhelmed with varieties & selections (something I really appreciate), but they focus on interesting and good quality plants. You won’t feel like they’re lacking in anything, that’s for sure.

There are two garden cats, Fred & Wilma, as you can imagine, I absolutely love them! You won’t be there long before a cat comes rubbing on your legs for some love. On this particular morning, Fred was begging for the homemade muffins.

The name of the gardens is clearly evident, there are stacked stone walls all around the property. They make wonderful backdrops for gardens, creating a sense of permanence.

I always head up to Fieldstone a few times each summer (you can see more photos of their gardens later in the season in this post I wrote a few years ago), no doubt I’ll be headed back in a month or so to see what the gardens look like. One of the best parts of this place are the beautiful gardens that surround the nursery. They also have huge beds filled with mature plants. It’s really nice to be able to see the plants in mature form and in a garden. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell what the final shape/size of a plant will be. Fieldstone’s gardens are the perfect place to walk around and get inspiration for your home garden!

Do you have a favorite local greenhouse?

Johnny’s Seeds Research Farm

October 4th, 2017

I’m lucky in that I live about 30 minutes away from the Johnny’s Selected Seeds Research Farm. Whenever I order from Johnny’s, I pick up my order that the store and stop by the research farm on the way home. Last week when I stopped the flower gardens were STUNNING. There’s not much I can say about it, photos speak so much better than I can:

Seeds and Sundries
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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 moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.