Black thumb

I swear that I have a black thumb… While my mother makes magic with plants ( they positively flourish in her presence), I struggle to keep mine alive. The photo above is from last year, when I bought some darling succulents in an attempt to create a  display cluster of green on my kitchen window […]

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Weekly Pleasures-April

Where do I start? Now that April has brought some spring weather I can finally, FINALLY begin tackling  a few much-awaited chores. The snow has come and gone and come and gone so many times and with the most snow in our area in over 30 years-we are just now seeing it melt away. There […]

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10 Ways to Prepare for Fall

Each Fall, I am used to getting ready. As a teacher, I would get ready to welcome new students with their  fresh school supplies and eager faces. As a mom, I would help to get my own brood ready with new clothes as they prepared to begin another year of music lessons, or sports. sometimes […]

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7 Tips for enjoying a Botanical Garden

Each time we pass by a beautiful botanical garden while on vacation, I sigh. When we had a family at home, we were always too busy to stop and if we did have time, I normally had 4 plus kids in tow and the idea of dragging them around a large flower garden didn’t seem […]

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Lady’s Slipper legacy

Ah the delicate lady’s slipper… Today the sun shines brightly, and I am anxious to get into the garden for weeding, as my treasured lady’s slipper needs some space for blooming.  I had been away on a holiday and when I returned, the grass was knee-high, the weeds reaching up skyward and I had not yet […]

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Sweet Succulents

I am a complete newbie when it comes to succulents. I was rather indifferent to these fleshy, water-storing plants until a friend kept including them in her photography. They added such a wonderful balance to her photos, and they photograph so beautifully that I became enchanted. Succulents are typically quite expensive, so following plant care with […]

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Flower Extravaganza

Who doesn’t love flowers, but more pointedly-peonies? I am fortunate to have an abundance of these gorgeous blooms that resemble huge scoops of ice cream.The funny thing is, I can’t seem to find the deep purple variety. I have purchased the vibrant purple from the greenhouse a few times, only to discover come spring, that […]

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