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Radiant Solar Globe Lantern - large, copper
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Night Life: Lighting & Plant Ideas for Evenings in Your Garden

Most of us think about our gardens and outdoor spaces with a keen eye toward how they look during the day. This year, we’ve been thinking of more ways to make our gardens shine in the evening hours. The first item to think about is outdoor lighting for your plants, and we’ve got several ideas […]

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moon arch designed by Hitomi Gilliam AIFD at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2020
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Recap of Florabundance Design Days 2020

A beautiful week in Santa Barbara has come to an end and I’m back home in Washington spending the morning thinking about all the wonderful moments experienced at #FlorabundanceDesignDays . This was the 7th #FlorabundanceDesignDays and it ended in the sweetest way possible, Jose Rabelo, a Floral Consultant at Florabundance married his sweetheart, Gabby. This […]

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Honey Bees in America
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Honey Bees in America

by Eliot Wadsworth Having spent four plus decades in the world of plants, I am familiar with honey bees as companions in my garden, orchard, meadow, and, briefly, in a pair of poorly managed hives near our house. Their background murmuring and frenetic activity on warm days are a central part of the sights, scents […]

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Alicia Schwede, editor of Flirty Fleurs blog and owner of Bella Fiori
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Musings of a Florist :: The Early Days

Alicia Schwede, editor of Flirty Fleurs blog and owner of Bella Fiori Musings of a Florist :: visit flirty fleurs on Tuesdays and read a variety of musings by me – Alicia Schwede, editor of the blog.   I’ll be sharing some thoughts of what I’ve learned, what I would do differently, and what I’m […]

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Down on the Farm: A Glorious Summer at the Farm
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Down on the Farm: A Glorious Summer at the Farm

High summer has arrived, and we think Northwest Connecticut is as nice a place as any to enjoy it. Our cool, wet spring has our display gardens looking terrific, and we’re especially enjoying taking notes on a new Rose Garden that was installed last summer and fall. Our new Rose Garden features a wide variety […]

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Tips for Growing Peonies
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Tips for Growing Peonies

One of our favorite sights and scents in the garden is the yearly parade of Peony flowers that happens each June at the farm in Morris, CT. These gorgeous, and often fragrant, plants are very easy to grow. Below you’ll find some basic information about Peonies along with keys to success that will help you […]

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david austin garden roses buy bare root roses
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David Austin Roses launches sustainable packaging for bare root planting this season

As part of the leading rose breeder’s ongoing commitment to reducing its plastic consumption and impact on the environment, David Austin Roses is pleased to announce that its range of bare root roses now comes in plastic-free packaging. Without the need for a pot, these dormant plants have until now been packaged in an inner […]

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Hand-Forged Step Edger
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Top 5 Sneeboer Gardening Tools

These tools were selected from the Sneeboer line of durable, heirloom quality tools, which we discovered on a visit to England’s Great Dixter gardens. Made by the renowned Dutch company since 1913, each is hand forged from top-grade stainless steel then individually shaped, polished, and sharpened. These hard-working instruments are fitted with premium wood handles […]

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An English Country Wedding by David Austin Wedding Roses

The David Austin Wedding & Event Roses team have been busy preparing for a fabulous wedding day, set in the heart of the English countryside. Watch a rose-filled moment unfold as all aspects of this special occasion are festooned in glorious roses from their cut rose collection. The team share their insights below. An English […]

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