the English Lady

Gardening As Therapy

There are those of us “mud and Wellington boots” gardeners that experience tremendous joy and utter despair while indulging in this gardening “pastime”. And there are moments, albeit infrequently, when I would happily give it all up and live in an apartment with a Victorian Aspidistra plant.
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March Gardening Tips 2019 from The English Lady

‘Those March winds shall blow and we shall have snow and what will the Robin do then poor thing? He’ll hide in the barn and keep himself warm and hide his head under his wing.’ March can be rather unpredictable, as was obvious in the heavy snow of March 3rd. Hopefully that is the last white gasp of...
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2019 February Gardening Tips By The English Lady

This winter as in other winters I needed a blossom boost and have enjoyed the fragrance of paper white narcissus that I planted. I surrounded the bulbs with seashells from White Sands Beach here in Old Lyme and kept them in a dark cool area keeping them moist as the roots developed.
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2019 January Gardening Tips by The English Lady

Happy New Year everyone. On December 21st, on the Winter solstice we turned the corner, and each day we move gradually from the dark into the light of a longer brighter day. A few weeks ago I planted my Paper white Narcissus on pebbles or you may use potting soil. I use tall glass vases and it is...
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2018 December Gardening Tips by The English Lady

Hello everyone; so much to do and so little time in this holiday season. However, remember to breathe, stretch and take time out for yourself each day. On a pleasant December where you can be in the garden, where perhaps you may have forgotten or not had time to plant spring bulbs outdoors. The...
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November 2018 Gardening Tips By The English Lady

We have been fortunate here in New England to have enjoyed a lovely summer not too hot with adequate rain. Followed by a warm fall with more than enough rain into November to encourage vibrant spring growth next year. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this weather foretells a mild winter – we...
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2018 October Gardening Tips By The English Lady

Welcome to October everyone. I love fall gentle breezes, soft sunshine and the foliage colors are breathtaking. The soil is still warm and you can plant until the first week of November. In fact early November is a great time to plant spring bulbs. You also have time over the next few weeks to...
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September Gardening Tips From The English Lady

Rain through August has been quite plentiful. The weeds continue to grow but I have been able to keep a handle on them with the use of natural Bradfield Organics corn gluten based weed pre-emergent, which can be purchased at any reputable garden center. HYDRANGES - pruning of Hydrangeas. The reason...
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August 2018 Gardening Tips By The English Lady

August has always been one of my least favorite months in the garden; but this year August rated pretty high for me. We had a late long cool spring, which resulted in later bloom time for everything. We have such a short blooming and growing season here in New England that any extra time to have a...
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The How, Why, What, and When of Composting

Many gardeners get confused the first time they consider compost. That confusion is due to the belief that that compost is the same thing as fertilizer. Allow me to dispel this belief and show you how, why, what and when compost is all about. Compost is an organic material, which serves a very...
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