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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.

 

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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.


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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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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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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
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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


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The Daffodil Show – April 22 & April 23

Nothing quite signifies the start of spring like the sight of hundreds of daffodils in bloom.

Today and tomorrow at the Christ Church Parish Hall 245 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT there will be the most exquisite daffodils on display. This free event is not to be missed! Mark your calendar and stop by The Daffodil Show hosted by the Daffodil Society of Greenwich, CT.

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An additional treat at the show is artist Ellen Hoverkamp’s scanner photography. 23 pieces of her floral scanner photography is exhibited in the hallway next to the community room and available for purchase through the church bookstore.


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Snowdrops in the forecast?

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At 6:20am today I awoke to the sound of birds chirping outside our bedroom window. Delightful! My view of the sunrise from our bed was nothing less than spectacular: oranges, pinks, and grays. I rolled out of bed and grabbed my camera, wanting to capture this moment in time. Reaching the window, and raising the camera to my eye to frame the shot, I notice the driveway no longer shows any sign of the blacktop that had been there when I went to sleep. The entire yard is white with snow. Shaking my head, I take another look. The snow is still there. How could this be? Spring starts in two days. The weather channel never mentioned any chance of precipitation, let alone snow in their forecast last evening! However, snow is predicted for Friday, the first day of spring. Winter doesn’t want to retire.

Normally at this time of year, snowdrops greet me each time I walk in or out of the front door. Not this year. I am waiting, not so patiently at this point for the snowdrops to peek their heads out of the ground, or for any sign of my spring bulbs. Most are buried under the biggest snow piles in our yard.