Category Archives: Flowers

Maui: Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

As an avid gardener and long-time Essex County, NJ Master Gardener I thought I knew pretty much everything there is to know about lavender. After all, I grow lovely large plants here in New Jersey and I know how to prep/use lavender in bouquets … Continue reading

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Gardening: Roses to Rock Gardens 2015

One of my favorite annual May in Montclair events — Roses to Rock Gardens — is organized by the Van Vleck House & Gardens to support the upkeep of its historic property and programs here in Montclair, NJ. This year, I toured with my … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse: To Heat or Not To Heat. That’s Always the Question

A few years ago I convinced my husband Mike to buy and assemble a 6’x8′ greenhouse … I presented him with a couple of super logical reasons why the idea was a good one: (1) I would save money by overwintering the kind-of-expensive summer tender tropical … Continue reading

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Plant Yourself Where You Want to Bloom or Bloom Where You’re Planted ?

Every morning I unlock the back door and step out onto my small back porch, walk down four steps onto a cobbled sidewalk and into my backyard garden. I planned and planted the majority of the garden while my Dad was still alive. I talked to him about my … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and Chanticleer Garden

My girlfriend Pat, whom I met when we were studying to become Master Gardeners ten years ago, is one of my best friends. She is relocating out of state after many years of living the Jersey life. To extend our fun and bank … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and Grounds for Sculpture

My girlfriend Pat, a fellow Master Gardener and one of my best friends, is moving after many years of living in New Jersey. To extend our fun and bank a bunch of new memories, we decided to visit as many “local” N.J. gardens as … Continue reading

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Roses to Rock Gardens: Spring in Montclair NJ

My husband Mike and I have lived in Montclair, N.J. since the mid-1980s. We think our town has some of the most beautiful private gardens in Northern New Jersey. We have an active Garden Club, many resident members of  the Essex … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and The High Line

Have you had to say goodbye to a great friend? I’ve hugged many a woman friend goodbye over my adult years, and every time, I feel like my heart is breaking in half. Gone will be the fun times spent together … Continue reading

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Constance Spry: Who Knew?

For the longest time, Constance Spry was “only” a rose to me, albeit my favorite rose. I know growers name their roses after family members and famous people, but I never really wondered if Constance was the former or the … Continue reading

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Sunday in My Garden: Spring Has Sprung!

Today it’s pretty chilly here in Northern New Jersey, but my husband Mike was outside edging away. Do you edge? You know, take a spade and dig a sharply delineated line between your lawn and your garden beds. Like this: … Continue reading

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