Garden Therapy

I lost a dear friend last week.  We were gardeners, grammas, knitters, and friends.  We often talked about our gardens being the places we would go when we needed to sort things out – like when our parents passed or when other problems arose.  Now, I go into my garden to grieve and try to make sense of things and find peace.   I have many plants in my garden that my dear friend shared with me.  They aren’t blooming yet, but they are growing and thriving and give me great joy.  My friend will always be with me when I am in my garden.

Spring has come…. here are a few beauties:





Miniature violet in the trough graden


Hellebore buds


Primrose in the trough garden


Bloodroot buds in an embrace


More later……


A surprise

I purchased a yellow Clivia miniata many years ago from Logee’s Greenhouse in Connecticut.  It never bloomed, it got scale, it looked lousy, and yet I couldn’t quite part with it.  This year, I put in the basement and left it for the winter with instructions to be watered once a month.   When we returned the first of April, there was a bloom spike.  Ta da!


Outside it is not so lovely. We are forecast to have freezing rain and possible icing today and tonight.  The daffodils have buds on them so I will be out covering some of them with buckets so the weight of the ice doesn’t ruin them.

The Hepatica bloomed Friday when we had a warm interlude.  I think I will cover them as well.


Ah, spring in New England.  The roller coaster ride continues……..



April 2018 – back home

We have returned from the sunny south.  I was eager to see the garden and to assess the winter damage.  Moles and voles were busy this winter and something nibbled the hens and chicks.  The deer left hoof prints in the dirt and perhaps they were the nibblers. The storms left some tree damage.  Oh yes and we had snow…….


Luckily it melted fast.   This birch had split and needed to be removed..


And it was added to the burn pile


The turkeys are strutting about doing their thing



We took a walk in the woods this morning and there was hoar frost – beautiful but ….

Version 2


Spring IS just around the corner though … these bluebirds are checking out the nesting box.. sorry for the blurry photo.. I was so excited to see them that I didn’t get a good shot


It is supposed to warm up the next few days.. maybe I’ll find a few buds or blossoms to photograph and share.  Despite the late spring, it is nice to be home.



March 2018

Spring is on the way, right?  My northern friends and neighbors have endured yet another huge snow storm. I know my garden is slumbering beneath feet of snow so there aren’t any little green shoots popping up yet.  (I can’t complain since I am “wintering” in the coolish but sunny south.) I took a walk yesterday and photographed some local Florida plants so my readers could enjoy some color.   Enjoy!











My orchids continue to be happy here in the south too.


I am looking forward to returning home soon and watching the glorious Massachusetts spring unfurl. I’ll bet the deer, moles, voles, rabbits, chipmunks, groundhogs and other garden visitors can’t wait either.  I wonder what they munched on while I was gone????



January 2018

Its been cold, then warm, then cold , then warm again in Massachusetts…… or so I am told.  I have escaped south for a bit so I don’t know what my garden is doing.  I am glad that there was snow cover during the super cold weather though because that helps protect the plants.

I thought perhaps readers would like to see what I am up to in the (chilly and not very sunny) south.  I had some seeds at home that needed using so I brought them along and  planted some up in grocery store salad containers.  They have sprouted..


I also brought along some cuttings from my Brugmansia to give to a friend here in Florida and they have sprouted roots as well.


I have been bringing the orchids with me the last few years.  They spiked and I couldn’t leave them behind.  Now they are starting to bloom.  I think this year they will remain here in Florida at my son’s house when we return north.


Tillandsias are other plants that like to winter over with us however they will return home.


This little patch of succulents grace the front walk and look much better after much needed weeding.


There is so much color here… I found this beautiful specimen while walking the dog this morning.


And just for fun.. here’s one of my favorite mailboxes in the neighborhood


I hope readers enjoyed this little adventure in Florida gardening.



First snow

Its always special.  This one was one of those winter wonderland fairyland Narnia type snows.  Its always fun to look at the way it transforms the garden.  Enjoy….

Bottle tree colors look beautiful against the white


Primrose the Pig is not looking happy


I like these little elf hats on the bee balm




Globes and shepherds hooks in front of the blueberries


Patio barely visible


Esther the labrador loves the snow


We are supposed to get rain on Tuesday so all this will wash away… but for now its absolutely gorgeous.

I want to send a shout out to my friend and reader Barbara S-W….glad you’re feeling better and will be home soon.




Oh deer oh dear

The fall has flown by for various reasons, and I am way behind on the clean-up chores in the garden.  The colors were a bit dull this year, but I did get a few photos of some pretty leaves before they fell.




Then the frost came, and it was time to clean up the garden.  The markers you see are the labels I made for the daylilies.  My collection is growing.


Primrose the Pig presiding over the field and the last mow of the season


Every fall, I put up deer fence to keep the deer from getting into the garden in the winter and eating all the azalea buds.  My Dad used to do this in his garden with tomato stakes and fishing line strung at 3 ft and 6 ft  height on the stakes. The theory is that they won’t jump what they can’t see and when they bump into the line they back away.  It has worked well for years.  So yesterday, we hammered in the stakes around the edge of the garden, and I strung the line.  Here is what it looks like.


However, this morning I woke up to this:



Notice they are inside the fence.  I went out and discovered that the line was broken in one spot.   More line was added this afternoon…..we shall see what develops.

Sunsets come early these days, but they sure are pretty.