Weather vagaries

Last week weather in the 70’s encouraged daffodils, forsythia, magnolias and even some cherries to bloom, while we still have the early blooming hellebores and squill in our yards and gardens. This week started with very cold nights. Now we can only wait and hope that we’ll still have our lilacs and other flowering shrubs as spring progresses.

Lyman Estate Greenhouses

For a promise of spring, try visiting the oldest continually operating greenhouses in the US. I love visiting this delightful rabbit warren of glasshouses in late February through early March. The camellias, orchids, begonias, bougainvillea and many other blooming plants, as well as ferns, succulents and many other plants fill the greenhouses, along unmistakable smell of moist earth. Even on a gray, rainy day like we had on today, this is a cheerful place to spend an hour or so.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

We visited this garden in early August. The Botanical Garden opened in 2007, and is still developing parts of the nearly 250 acres in coastal Boothbay, Maine. Completed sections  include a kitchen garden, natural woodlands, waterfalls, fountains, a meditation garden and a children’s garden.

 The Botanical Garden includes many exciting new varieties of familiar plants.  Plantings in the children’s garden, and near the Visitor’s center are well-labelled – a plus for the avid gardener.Coreopsis ‘Cosmic Eye’ is dramatic.


There are several water gardens and water features in the Garden. This waterlily was beautifully sunlit.

A  large, polished stone urn is perfectly scaled for use as a  fountain in this large open space, and contrasts beautifully with the natural stone and ferns. 

Stone is used for a different effect in the meditation garden. This fountain appears to be made of natural stone. Parts of the rim, and the bowl are carved and highly polished stone.

This section of the garden is focussed around the meditation fountain. Though large, the area feels private and peaceful. The meditation fountain has wonderfully contrasting sections of natural, carved and highly polished stone. It is soothing to dabble in the water, and feel the smooth texture of the wet, polished stone.

As I was leaving the meditation garden, I noticed a lovely patch of Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry) with flowers and berries.

One of the newer projects at the Garden is this waterfall. The photo was taken from the top of a small hill, looking down and across to the waterfall.

Bowl of Beauty Peony

This morning I picked the last of my peonies, to combine with foxgloves, ferns and ivy for a flower arrangement. It is a sad thing to see the end of the peonies – they are spectacular in the garden and make lovely cut flowers. Continue reading Bowl of Beauty Peony

Plant Sale Today

Today is my second annual plant sale from 9:00 am – 1:00pm. Stop by at 28 Pleasant Street, Groton, MA to check out proven performers from my garden and some unusual perennials purchased for the sale.

One of my favorite new plants at the sale is Clematis integrifolia. This clematis has a sprawling bushy habit, and does not climb like more familiar vining clematis. The flowers range from lavender to shades of blue. There are many other interesting plants for sale, so please stop by.

May 29 – Plant Sale Details

The Plant sale will be at 28 Pleasant St Groton, MA from 9am to 1pm

The sale features reliable performers from my garden, unusual perennials purchased from a premier nursery, and some heirloom tomatoes and a few other herbs and vegetables

More about plants for sale

If you are curious about any of the plants I have purchased for my sale, they have all come from VanBerkum Nursery, considered the finest wholesale Nursery in New England. You can view photos and descriptions of plants atn  under “Perennials Photos & Info.”

I am especially excited about the two non-vining clematis – species integrifolia and recta that I am offering.

I hope to see you on Saturday!

New and unusual plants for sale

I found some unusual plants at the wholesale nursery, and coudn’t resist buying them for my sale on May 29. Continue reading New and unusual plants for sale

Second Annual Plant Sale – May 29th

I have been busy digging, dividing, weeding and cleaning the garden. Continue reading Second Annual Plant Sale – May 29th

Spring Cleaning

The cool weather is a bonus for gardeners. Plants are less shocked by division and transplanting in this weather. Continue reading Spring Cleaning