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Are you ready?
Do you want to plant 'something' but have no gardening experience? Do you putter around in the yard, but want to learn more about plant culture? Are you afraid to do ANYTHING out there?? You've landed on the right page! Plantasia is all about helping you to create gardens you will enjoy-stress free, natural (no chemical products at all!)and suitable for Connecticut's unique environment.
With 18 years of experience in the gardening industry, I can help you to understand your particular site and choose the proper plants for those conditions; that's really the key to gardening success. Follow along on my website for seasonal tips and if you'd like more guidance and information, check the Workshops page to see where I will be offering programs in 2015. Or email me at to schedule a consultation at your home.


Chelsea Botanical Gardens  Fall Bulb Fundraiser
Help build the gardens! This bulb sale completely and directly funds upcoming construction projects! The Chelsea Botanical Gardens will offer visitors a view of the natural flora and fauna of Eastern Connecticut, as well as themed plantings, a beautiful permanent butterfly pavilion with a research lab, and a gardening school!
These are fresh, premium bulbs from John Scheepers, based here in Connecticut. Go to to see all of the exciting selections! Choose your favorites, or if you need help deciding, call or email. 860-639-8088

'A daffodil by any other name....'
I'm no Shakespeare...and these aren't roses...but, I wanted to show you how diverse the daffodil family is. Pictured are 'papillon' or butterfly narcissus...split cup types. Not as traditional as the sweeps of golden yellow trumpets of King Alfred or Dutchmaster, but surprising and incredible when viewed close up along a border or popping up by the front door.
Although they are planted in the fall, take note of any favorites you see curing the year so you won't forget what you loved. Take photos if you can't identify the variety; also, watch your spring and early summer gardens and notice where you could use some color before the perennials come in.
Besides daffodils (narcissus), look for hyacinths, crocus, snowdrops and later on, allium. Spring bulbs are great to tuck in next to perennials with lush foliage that will hide dying leaves of the bulbs. 

plant and enjoy tulips!
For how-to-plant tips and full information for all bulbs, come to one of the following programs:

Sunday, October 11   1:00 program; bulbs for sale through November   Smith's Acres, Niantic
Saturday, October 17  9-5  Perennial Harmony, Waterford- bulbs for sale and Q&A all day!

The Gardening Calendar has something to do each day-it's more of an activity book than a list of chores! No pressure...just suggestions! Go to Sticks and Stones page

Local Stars of the Plant World and beyond....
Many of my friends and relatives are multi-talented...they plant, cook, sew, crochet, play music, ride horses, write books, build things...soooo, I asked them to contribute to my site with some very real usable information for all of you. Like talking to your best friend or mom on the phone and learning a few of their secrets of success.  Take a break and check out Time for Tea

How To Succeed in Gardening
Without Really Trying

Sometimes less is more...just by default ( because of life's persistent intervention-and the weather) my gardens are very much on their own. I weed-occasionally; fertilize-occasionally; water-occasionally; and most of the time, have very little plant loss or pest issues. More often than not, too much attention can be just as detrimental as too little. This year, why not try a more relaxed approach...use the Garden Calendar to help plan timing for planting and take care of maintenance. Go out to breakfast with a friend instead of watering, relax with a beverage in a comfy lounge in the middle of the garden and just enjoy what you've accomplished, or take some pictures of your favorite flowers and foliage. Change your focus from 'what's wrong' to 'what's right' know, the 'half empty, half full' idea. Be peaceful, not stressful. Get some hints and tips on the Sticks and Stones page

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