a quick way to refresh your planters

a quick way to refresh your planters

April 29th, 2011

Here’s a quick and easy way to extend the life of your planters throughout the season: Typically there will be that one plant in your container that fizzles out before the rest – rather than toss the whole bunch or stare at a dead plant (or a gaping hole), simply replace the fading plant with something fresh – preferably one of a similar […]

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chocolate chip scones

chocolate chip scones

April 26th, 2011

I know, I know. I JUST wrote about scones, like, a month ago. Did I really think we needed another scone recipe? Yes, we do. If it’s THIS scone recipe. In addition to s’mores bars, Chelsea  also wanted to make these scones while she was home for spring break. I couldn’t say no as she looks […]

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technicolor

technicolor

April 23rd, 2011

One of my favorite movies of all time is “The Wizard of Oz”. And my hands-down favorite scene is that moment when Dorothy steps out of the black-and- white farmhouse into full color Oz. That scene has never grown old for me – to this day I still thrill to it as if I’m seeing it […]

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“bye-eee”

"bye-eee"

April 21st, 2011

When Chelsea and Conor were little – about a million years ago – peanut allergies had not yet been invented. I mean it. Yes, there was the occasional kid with a lactose intolerance but I didn’t know anyone whose child was allergic to peanuts. And thank god, because in Chelsea’s case peanut butter was one of […]

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a year in my garden: april

a year in my garden: april

April 20th, 2011

The calendar says April. Feels like November. This is the spring that will not come. The garden, however, is in full-on spring mode. Alliums and tulips are budding out like crazy (click on any picture to enlarge): and summer perennials are waking from dormancy to show off their foliage: As for tasks this month, I’ve put up the peony rings. […]

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tumbleweed boutique

tumbleweed boutique

April 17th, 2011

Having spent the better part of this week completing spring planters, I’m thrilled to have clean fingernails once again and think about things other than plants and shrubs. Namely, dresses. Specifically, dresses from Tumbleweed Boutique. When I started my landscape design business years ago, I struggled with how to look professional in front of clients while dressing […]

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matzoh crack

matzoh crack

April 16th, 2011

-ERS, people. Matzoh crack-ERS………… This recipe appeared at Passover several years ago, courtesy of my cousin Amy. We collectively pounced on the tray, declared, “this is a KEEPER” and it’s been a Seder staple ever since. In an on-line search for this recipe, I’ve seen it referred to by various names – “matzoh crunch”, “chocolate matzoh brittle” and “chocolate […]

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a gardener’s heaven

a gardener's heaven

April 13th, 2011

By the time December rolls around and I’ve finished doing all of my clients’ holiday planters, I am DONE for the season. It’s all I can do to push through New Year’s and get to the short stretch of time I have to relax, regroup and reflect. That said, by mid-March I’m typically chomping at the bit to […]

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s’mores bars

s'mores bars

April 10th, 2011

I can always tell when it’s getting close to the time for Chelsea to come home because I start getting e-mails with links to sites like this. And this. Chelsea loves to bake when she’s home. She has a knack for picking recipes that are completely irresistible, and before I know what’s hit me, I’m running to the store to buy […]

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gardening basics: mulch and irrigation

gardening basics: mulch and irrigation

April 7th, 2011

In my many years of designing gardens, not once has a client turned to me and said, “I’d really love to learn all there is to know about mulch.” Shocking, right? I know – you’re DYING to hear more……. When it comes time to design and plant a garden, most people (myself included) want to get to the “good […]

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