Hydrangeas – Bring Water For Success

Ever notice your hydrangea bushes wilting in the heat of day? Fortunately, hydrangeas were designed to catch water- each little seed capsule is wide open, ready for any passing moisture. Hydrangeas love regular watering- it  yields more flowers too. This year in Connecticut- we have no worries, plenty of water.
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Living a Colorfully Diverse Life

Many say that we’ve become intolerant of people different from ourselves. You can see evidence that supports this. Living in places where we only hang out with people like us or putting our noses in a phone everywhere we go. Sometimes, we engage in a lot of inward turning – regardless of which side of the proverbial aisle we live on.
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It’s Independence Day. Take A Chance.

Every person, not just the first Americans, yearns to be free. Independence Day is a time to reflect on that. This might simply mean trying something new. Consider that in your own life this year, or any day. Nobody could accuse the early settlers of being timid or not taking chances. It’s not easy but I think we have to keep working for independence every day.
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Colors and Serenity In A Summer Garden

My husband gave me dusty pink roses for my birthday. I quickly realized that aside from green, shades of pinks are the main colors in the summer garden at present-with peonies and spirea bushes. Along with the rich brown hue of the Serenity Statue. 
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Hosta Blooms Incoming

Last year at this time, I spent the better part of the day in the garden getting ready for a bridal shower. This year, we’re in recovery just back from my daughter’s wedding. And the hosta blooms are incoming. 
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Marking Changes Over Time

The photos of my daughter Bridget were taken this past week on her wedding day. As a mother, I’ve witnessed many changes over her lifetime both subtle and dramatic. Then again, some things change and  some don’t.
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Inside Flowers and Outside Flowers

This year has been such a wonderful year for flowers that I’ve had a hard time cutting them. What’s the motivation? They’re thriving outside. All the peonies that have been staked, tied, keep coming. The rain has been brutal yet there is no denying the difference between last year and this. Would that every year were so!  Still, I’m starving for inside flowers!
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Gardens are more than flowers

Now that the bones of the new garden are in place, I’m learning each month what’s working or not from a plant perspective. At the same time, flower gardens are more than just flowers. A garden can be a sanctuary, a place for being.
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