Garden Wisdom

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.."  -Alfred Austin



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Jeff, Gardener in Chief

Contrary to popular opinion, some people in the Hamptons enjoy getting their hands dirty. I'm a self-taught gardener in East Hampton, NY that enjoys sharing my gardening experiences and inspiration with others. Hope you enjoy my blog and galleries.

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Catalog Shopping

A Favorite, Bluestone PerennialsLove this time of year when all the garden catalogs start pouring in. I've had great successes (and flops) from plants that I've ordered from mail-order sources. These catalogs provide inspiration and education.

One of my favorite sources is Bluestone Perennials. Their catalog is so full of beautiful choices. Many plants I can't find locally. The plants arrive a bit small, but most double in size quickly. And their prices are very reasonable. You can get 3 of a kind for what others charge for just one plant. I usually study their glossy catalog and then order from their online site: The online catalog is also very well done and very user-friendly.

Sometimes I happen upon the same plants at the local nurseries later in the season after receiving and planting my mail-order plants. The local plants may be a bit bigger, but are also more expensive. But with the summer stock at local nurseries not available for many months, these catalog offerings are just too enticing to pass up!

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