The New You in 2018

New Year’s offers an opportunity for reflection that I generally resist.  I think the biggest mistake about aging we can make is expecting that life will always remain the same. It doesn’t. As a gardener, I’ve learned principles about change that also apply to new life at any age.
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Decorating For the Holidays

Decorating has easily become a favorite part of the holidays. Last year we found our fresh tree appropriately, in the town of Bethlehem, Connecticut. We’ll be headed there again this weekend. Uncle Frank’s Christmas Tree Farm. We drove the truck into the property and were left to our own devices to find a tree, cut it down and load it in. What’s not to like?
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The Calm After the Storm

If you’re looking for comfort food in cold weather, (or an antidote to overeating), you need my mother’s basic lentil soup. The small and mighty lentil is high in protein and fiber. And, so much more. Best of all, the cozy taste of lentils is comfort personified.
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The Sound of Silence

The forecast for this morning was “a wintry mix by 10:00” so it made sense to jump out of bed and put the bulbs in before breakfast. Later, as I ran down to empty the wheelbarrow of leaves and branches, I heard it. The sound of silence.
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Green Works In Every Season

Palma is a Paola Prints pillow that looks splendid all year round in living rooms of all styles. Hosta leaves are like that. Green is like that. Even those of us addicted to the color red have to admit there’s a reason green has been so popular in home decor all these years.
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Summer Sun

Summer is in full swing here in Connecticut. Which means lots of sun and green. Oranges and yellows are re-appearing in the form of lilies of all stripes. The lily leaf beetles have now completely decimated the hybrid lilies and are migrating to other kinds of lilies. Gross!
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Rogue Tulips Heading Out

Tulips. At least in my gardens in Litchfield  Connecticut, are celebrating their last hurrah. I enjoy them, in a way even more then when they first show up. Why is that a tulip becomes so much more invigorated with age?
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Will There Be Serenity This Week?

⊃When we bought our serenity statue five years ago and installed him in the garden, I had no idea I’d spend so much of the last weeks fighting to save his life. He’s been a favorite fixture in the garden, watching over it as it grows. His seat under the Japanese maple is a perfect fit.
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