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Ode to Chives

Summer in the garden is my happy place. Carrots, beets, peas, brussels sprouts, arugula, spinach, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and onions are all working their way to maturity. It’s a short growing season up here so it’ll be several weeks before some of these tender plants really produce their fruits & veggies. If I had to

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photo of peonies grown in Vermont

Peony Season In VT

Peonies. June in Vermont means peonies. It feels like I wait all winter long just for these babies to pop. It’s a special time in my garden and if you want peonies for your wedding you’d be wise to plan to marry in mid-June to ensure availability. So today I’ve got pictures of peonies for

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Planting a garden

When planting a garden it’s easy to get to the point where you won’t be able to walk through the rows once the plants are mature. If you find yourself in this situation I suggest you plant a few more plants…just squeeze ’em right in there…and then stop. Happy planting! Check out the most recent

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Lilies In My Vermont Garden

This week has brought some brilliantly colored lilies in bloom my Vermont garden.  I seem to have successfully triumphed over the super destructive red lily beetles that have plagued my lilies for the past few years–diligent destruction of the buggers in the spring along with fearless squishing of their gross larvae have paid off so

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First Day of Summer in Alison’s Garden

It’s the first day of summer so it seems like the perfect time for a look at what’s cookin’ in my garden.  Last week we returned from 10 days in Italy {more on that later!!} and I must admit that I was worried I would miss out on my peonies blooming, but luckily I returned

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Alison’s Garden: Springtime in Vermont

As far as flowers go it’s still early spring in Vermont.  I’ve got a few daffodils holding their heads up high, but tulips are the main attraction lately.  I’ve never planted a single tulip bulb in the 7 years we’ve been in our house, but year after year they keep on blooming.  I consider myself

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Springtime Weddings in Vermont

Spring means melting snow, followed by some freshly fallen snow, the maple syrup is a-flowing and a-boiling, and ultimately, it is mud season in Vermont.  As our friends and neighbors tap their trees and welcome their newborn lambs, the sunsets suddenly seem more beautiful and the Vermont wedding season begins! Springtime in Vermont offers couples crisp days and wet feet in April followed by flowering trees and magnificent

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Vermont Welcomes Spring

It’s officially springtime in Vermont and after a beautiful weekend of solid vest-weather {and our first wedding of 2011!} it’s seriously snowing right now.  Vermonters should know that we cannot get ahead of ourselves when spring teases us with her first appearance. While I was out and about checking on things in my garden yesterday I snapped a

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Honeysuckle in Alison’s Garden

OK, so there has been a frost…well, quite a few of them…and it’s November, well, mid-November at this point, but my honeysuckle vine is still hanging onto a few final blooms.  I noticed this pop of pink as I was headed out to my compost pile yesterday and was amazed to see the honeysuckle triumph

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Japanese Anemones in Alison’s Garden

When summer comes to a close and there is hardly a blossom left in my garden there is one beautiful bloom that stands out among the sedum.  Anemone japonica is one of those late blooming flowers that adds a little something special to my fall garden.  They are a perennial, a member of the ranunculus family,

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