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  Papillon Narcissus
'Butterfly' Narcissus , like those pictured above, are over-the-top gorgeous flowers! As much as I love 'regular' traditional golden yellow daffodils dotting yards and gardens everywhere in April, I have to admit a fondness for ruffly, frilly types with unusual color combinations. They're best placed close by walkways or the house so you can really enjoy their unique flowers up close!
A collection of these is available right now from the Chelsea Botanical Gardens 25 bulbs for $25.
Email me at for a bulb list and information and you can go to the website to order as well.

Frost on the pumpkin....

Well, not yet here in CT as of this writing, but possibly just a tiny bit last week...
Time to prepare, though, so if you haven't already done so, bring in all houseplants now! Also, if you've planted amarylis in your gardens or they're outside in pots, trim leaves and roots (slightly) and bring inside to a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. This will put them into a short dormancy; after that, pot up again with fresh potting soil and water just to dampen. Place in a warm area and when a shoot appears, water lightly. You might get a rebloom this year (mine did in 2013!)
Annuals can be pulled now if they're looking tired (or wait for a good freeze to brown them out). Perennials can be cut back; I leave things with seeds for the birds such as echinacea, rudbeckia and grasses. Last chance to trim hydrangeas, but don't touch the roses now-they should be left to form rose hips and start dormancy.

Upcoming Workshops at
Smith's Acres in Niantic

ill time to call and register! Workshops are scheduled through the New London Adult Education program. Register on their website See the listing on the Workshops and Classes page.

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

Helleborus 'Pink Frost'  Blooming Now in a Garden Near You!
These beautiful waxy flowers are so perfect they look artificial! And they come in greens, whites, lavenders, purply/burgundy and even close to black! They bloom for quite a long time and look nice with emerging ferns in a cool shady spot. I think I might plant some early blooming white daffodils near them...

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