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Hell bent on blooming – Hellebores

With all the warm weather this winter a perennial is blooming in my garden – the Hellebores foetidus.   In fact, it started to bloom in December of 2015, unprecedented since I have been growing them. Usually they bloom late February, early March.



Helleborus foetidus is also known as stinking hellebore, bear’s foot, or  dung wart.  It has greenish yellow leaves with drooping green flowers.  It tolerates dry shade, and prefers well-rotted leaf mould.
This wonderful architectural plant thrives in a woodland or shady garden, or under deciduous trees and shrubs.  Cut back any foliage that is burnt from winter winds or temperatures.


Fantastic Fall Wreath


Year three and I’m still using the original artemisia base for my fall wreath. Freshly cut silver wormwood is wired to the form, adding fullness and brightening the dried artemisia.

Last fall I used hydrangeas as the decorative plant material. This year Heptacodium miconioides calyces, commonly called Seven Sons, is the focal point on the wreath, selected for its contrasting pink coloring.  All floral material is from my garden, naturally!


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A few photos of the summer garden.

I’m out in the garden deadheading plants and staking the delphiniums that were pummeled by the heavy rains yesterday. Great time to weed too while the ground is soft.

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Garden Conservancy – June 13, 2015

The Garden Conservancy has selected our garden among several in Fairfield County to be viewed on June 13, 2015. We are located at 200 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT.

Artisans will be selling their one of a kind creations at the pop-up boutique located in the barn.

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Plant Sale and Gift Boutique

Pixie May #2

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Virginia bluebells

One of the sweetest spring ephemerals you can have in your garden.

What draws me to Mertensia virginica is the rounded grey-green leaves.  Chameleon-like, the buds are pink, yet open to a beautiful shade of blue.

Mertensia virginica in bud - pixieperennials.com

Mertensia virginica in bud – pixieperennials.com

Native to eastern North America, Virginia bluebells love a shady spot with well-drained soil.  They do not like to be moved; this stresses the Mertensia virginica;  think carefully where to locate them  before planting.  After flowering, the plant goes dormant until next year.  Mark the location for future reference.

Also known as Virginia cowslip, lungwort oyster leaf, and Roanoke bells.

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Pixie Perennials Plant Sale and Gift Boutique

The first Pixie Perennials Plant Sale and Gift Boutique of 2015!

Friday, May 15th – Sunday, May 17th  
200 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT.
9:00am – 5:00pm
Pixie Sale 5:2015

Barn Boutique:

  • Honestly You – 100% handmade organic soap, lip balm and bath bomb
  • Little Red Hen Redux – Prosperity hens,  handcrafted soft sculpture elephants, beaded flowers, clothespin mermaids and soft stuffed “paper dolls”
  • Hook & Ladder Hand Knits
  • Nod Hill Designs – Elegant & fun embellished gardening & kitchen aprons
  • Arbonne – Botanical based skin care & nutritiion
  • Ellen Hoverkamp – Photographic Note Cards, Prints, Scarves & Book.  Winner of the 2013 GWA Gold Medal Photography Award for her collaboration with Ken Druse on “Natural Companions, The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations.”  Samples from “Pixie Perennials” are featured in Natural Companions.
  • Lemonade and homemade cookies