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Blooming New England – Spring Flowers 2013

April offers us poetry month and the first flower flash mob

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A Guy’s Guide to Valentines and the Meaning of Flowers

Guys as a species, tend not to be communicative, especially about feelings, so here’s your flower language tutorial. It's a virtual Rosetta Stone for the language of flowers

Farm Stands, Flowers, Food, gardening, ideas, Nature, photography, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Uncategorized

OVERGROWN – Chronicle of a Reluctant Gardener

"Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there." ~  Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732   “I don’t want a garden, that’s a deal breaker, too much work, too little time”.  He agreed.  We bought a townhouse, we got married.  My husband, envious of my sister’s wonderful tomatoes, faltered first.  We were allowed 3 feet… Continue reading OVERGROWN – Chronicle of a Reluctant Gardener

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For the best corn EVER visit Barkers Farm No Andover This is a repost of a blog I wrote last August 2011

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“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”     Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lend me your ear and I’ll tell you all I learned about corn from the people who grow the best butter and sugar corn in our region and beyond:  Barkers Farm and Farm Stand, North Andover, MA on Rt. 125.  The Barkers know what they’re talking about, now under the guidance of the 10th generation (that’s the real Gen X!), this land has been cultivated by the family since 1642.  As a comparison, the town wasn’t incorporated until 1646.  The Barkers maintain a true Yankee farm focusing on their produce without sliding into the “farm as theme park” modus operandi that others in the area have resorted to to pay the bills.  It’s not that I begrudge the other farms their livelihoods, I’m pleased that any land offers me the option…

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THE VOTES ARE IN- One Perfectly Pretty Flower-24Hour Photo Contest (c)

Ahh, what a garden of delight we have here with our entries!  Thank you everyone for your contribution to the bouquet of beauty. CONGRATULATION NISSI CAMPBELL (PHOTO #2) FOR WINNING THIS PHOTO CHALLENGE. And now the list of all our fabulous contributors... Flower #1 (Cacao Flower) by Lori Weeks Swift;  Flower #2 (Winner poppy) Nissi Campbell; Flower… Continue reading THE VOTES ARE IN- One Perfectly Pretty Flower-24Hour Photo Contest (c)

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One Perfectly Pretty Flower – 24-Hour Photo Contest(c)

“I hate flowers -- I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.” GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, New York Herald Tribune, Apr. 18, 1954 found on * Each flower by its very nature is beautiful, but is yours the Beautiful-est of ALL. That’s the challenge…. Make us swoon for your bloom, people, and I’ll forgive the pollen,… Continue reading One Perfectly Pretty Flower – 24-Hour Photo Contest(c)

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EMBRACE PROHIBITION (Bottle Trees – A New Englander’s View)

"Bottle Trees at first glance seem like an environmentalist’s dream (all those bottles kept out of the landfill), and a neighbor’s nightmare I called “junk on a stump” masquerading as art." Alison Colby-Campbell