Trouble, Trouble

A garden can bring truth to bear on everyday life, as hard as we might fight it. Right now, my garden is full of itself. Blooming and growing green like crazy. With all the activity out there, I’m still inclined to want more and more. What’s going to bloom next, what next do I need to plant, why are the azaleas not more full?
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Garden Obsessed

My name is Mary and I spent the entire day in the garden. If you’re not a stranger to obsession, you’ll understand where I’m coming from. You start with the best of intentions and before you know it, the day is OVER and you just noticed. This time it started as I tackled the insidious azalea fungus. It’s been a few years since I’ve confronted that problem. Happily, the disease appears contained to the one azalea that lives farthest from its relatives.
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And So We Go On

We spent a few days in Greenwich, as guests of a friend and set up our tent at the Bruce Museum Craft Festival. It poured rain the first of two days – and was cold too, worst I’ve seen at an event like that. We’ve been spoiled as we’ve only shown the pillows indoors.
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On the Road Again

It’s Spring and that means festivals and fairs for artists of all stripes. Larry and I have been prepping for days now and just learned that it’s probably going to rain again in the NE. We have the tent, displays and additional covers ready BUT, will the people come??? We’ll be at booth #52 in the 33rd Annual Bruce Museum Craft Festival, this Saturday and Sunday. There’s a great collection of artists – all of whom had to be juried in which is often the case for the established fairs. Come on down! We’ll have our pillows for sale- all
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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They were an incredible series of ascending tiered gardens  with brick walls 22 feet thick and plantings of all kinds, even full- grown trees. By one account, the gardens were near the ancient city of Babylon, in what is modern day Iraq. As that story goes, King Nebuchadnezzar II,  a Neo-Babylonian ruler in 605 BC, built the gardens for his homesick wife, Queen Amytis who missed the green hills of her homeland.
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The Exotic Parrot Tulip

A mysterious variety requiring a little more attention. And nothing ate the parrot tulips- even as other varieties got chomped. Have your tulips been eaten this year? Mine have! Even a hosta spear was gutted. Since this is the enclosed garden’s second year, perhaps the creatures have just discovered a new produce source.
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Craft Festival at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich

Spring is sprung. New life and…new products. On the planning for a new show, (We were juried into the 32nd Annual Craft Festival at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. We’ll be there May 19 and 20. From 10-5:00. Hope to see you there) Check out the other artists too! We have a 10’ white tent and tons of pillows for sale, with and without fabulous down inserts.
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Winter is Officially Over and May 1 is Proof

Historically, May 1 has been celebrated as the beginning of Spring, a time to finally expel winter once and for all. (Who isn’t ready for the end of winter?) I know I am. Keep in mind that officially, it could STILL freeze in Zone 5 until May 12. Just wait a little longer before putting out those bedding plants.
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Spring is Almost Sprung, Ya Think?

The “robbing” robins are back. Spring is just about here. The large robin I spied out the kitchen door was busily gathering up detritus for its new nest. When it landed on top of the bamboo fence I knew where it was headed -to the front door light sconce- a favorite spot. Four times we’ve now cleared and hidden the nest supplies. Wait, is it possible we could use these guys to clean the garden?
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