The Many Faces of Spring

This week, I had the pleasure of cleaning the garden as tulips and daffodils spotted the landscape. I don’t have a lot of tulips because my garden is new, and well, you know how it goes, you can’t never get enough tulips. Do I pick or do I leave them out to decorate the land before all the green returns? The azaleas are all budded up- I’m so relieved to see them this year- they totally bagged out last year. But guess what? With the threat of frost, we ran around the other night with bed sheets and clothes pins
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In Savannah, Old Friends Are Forever Young

Telfair Academy is a neoclassical Regency mansion turned museum- built in 1818 in downtown historic Savannah. First home to the son of an American War patriot and later a public building. You may recognize the fellows out front from school studies of the ancients. I know I did.
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I can’t make you love me

I thought this a good thought to begin 2017. You can’t make anybody love you, so love yourself! The rest will follow… “I can’t make you love me” sung here by George Michael – recorded by MTV in 2009.
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Happy New Year 2017!

New Year is a time to ponder on what went before and what’s upcoming for 2017. Van Gogh was a man who struggled mightily with his “here and now”. His genius was only truly appreciated after his death. Largely self- taught and a bit of a vagabond- he was unable to stay too long in any one place.
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Ring in the Holidays -The Pantry, Washington Depot

Paola Prints was thrilled to participate in the 25th Holiday in the Depot in Washington CT. We were hosted by staff and owner Michael Ackerman of The Pantry, a fabulous American Café featuring the area’s premiere bakery, artisan food and catering since 1977. What makes such a place successful? Great food. Kind people. A fun evening for all. Being with neighbors and friends -holiday gatherings are always a kick. Honestly, it’s part of what makes you keep going, right?
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Here Comes Fall

Colors and leaves-leaves everywhere. The New England countryside is begging to be seen. Take a drive soon if you’re so inclined. Due to a general lack of rain this summer, Fall 2016 should be a shorter color season.
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The Art of Collaborating With Nature

Serenity is something to be strived for. We bought a serenity statue a few years ago in Brimfield MA. Each year we try to get a little farther in making a special place in the garden to secure our own serenity. Our statue sits in the shade of an old Japanese maple. Over time, I’ve noticed that sunlight penetrates the foliage behind the statue pretty consistently all day. So, this year, as part of the front garden development, we built up the hill behind the statue and added flowering bushes planted above and behind. So, now in addition to azaleas
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Summer Dew All Over

Summer is in full swing. With alternating downpour and incredibly hot sun, it feels like the tropics. Doesn’t it? I continue to struggle around the yard to cover gardens with hemlock mulch- the weeds are threatening to take over again so we’re covering as many as we can with a thick layer before the next rain.
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