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A Long Lasting Favorite

November 8th, 2016

This spring I started a tray of Spring Cassis seeds and I’ve been blown away by their performance in the garden. They were the first things to bloom this spring and they’re still going strong. In fact, I cut a few small bouquets for the table this past weekend.
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These will definitely become a staple in my garden for many years to come, I love that they’re so easy. They take the cold, they take the heat, they take the dry, they take the wet, overall they seem to be a fantastic little flower for my garden.

What new plants have you fallen in love with this year?

Spring Cassis

June 14th, 2016

I purchased seeds for spring cassis from Baker Creek this spring. Violets are a favorite of mine, I love that they start blooming so early in the spring and can take pretty cold weather and light snow.
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I love how they all have different flowers ranging from dark purple to streaked with lots of white. Every time a new one blooms I’m excited to see what the flowers will look like. These have been a wonderful addition to my gardens this year. I’m usually not much of one to start annuals from seed, but I’ll definitely be growing these every year for window boxes and planters.

Have you discovered any new gems this year?

Early June in the Garden

June 9th, 2016

It seems like overnight the garden goes from hibernation to exuberance. I’m continually amazed by the rate of growth in the potager and in the woods. Every day I notice new color in the garden and flowers start to bloom. The lilacs, irises, and wildflowers are starting to fade, making way for the peonies, foxgloves, and hydrangeas.
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Pink and purple are the dominate colors in my garden, I also have a few white and green flowers in the mix. This is my preferred color range, I’m not a huge fan of yellow, orange, or red flowers, they seem a bit to bracing for me.

What’s blooming in your 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 moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.