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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?

Cady’s Falls Nursery (part 1)

June 16th, 2016

This past weekend, Mr Chiots and I popped over to Vermont to visit Cady’s Falls Nursery. I’ve been wanting to visit for quite a while now, but they are only open a few weekends each summer and I always seem to find out about it after the fact. This little gem is everything a nursery should be, with lovely gardens that highlight the plants they sell. You can walk through the garden, decide which plants you love in a garden setting, then purchase them in the nursery area. Here are some photos of the garden, there were so many I’ll post more tomorrow and maybe more next week.
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This nursery specializes in rare plants, there quite a few stunning specimens in their gardens. I especially loved seeing plants in person that I’ve only read about in books. We came home with our car packed full of all sorts of lovely plants, more about those next week. Check back tomorrow for more photos of this lovely garden.

Have you discovered any little nursery gems in your area?

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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.