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"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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It's That Time Of Year Again

The annual Philadelphia Flower Show is in just a few weeks: March 1-9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia.  I've attended this show for the past two years and thoroughly enjoyed my experiences there. Great exhibitions, gorgeous plants and fun shopping.  

This year's theme is Articulture "where art meets horticulture".  Seems like a perfect theme for a garden show since landscapes and gardens have inspired art since ancient times.

I'll take my camera and share some of the my favorite sights when I return.  But why wait? You should plan to attend too.  Where else can you enjoy such a colorful pageantry of flowers when the outdoor temps are still freezing?

In the meantime, here are my posts of past trips to this show:

2012 Philadelphia Flower Show

2013 Philadelphia Flower Show 




Say It Ain't So

Rhododendron viscosum from Meadowbrook NurseryAm I the last to know?  The owners closed Meadowbrook Nursery ( last fall due to health reasons.  

I discovered this news while browsing some favorite online plant sources this week, looking for inspiration and ideas for native shrubs. was always a regular internet stop for my plant shopping.  I found the closing announcement when I landed on their homepage.

Meadowbrook Nursery supplied me with my first native summer-blooming azaleas more than 10 years ago. Much more pleasing than the showier Japanese azaleas that bloom in spring, the native white-flowering Rhododendron viscosum add fresh color and a sweet fragrance to my June borders. (Check out my post on these summer beauties here.)

It's always sad to see a favorite retailer go out of business. But this closing is especially sad.  They not only educated me on the beauty of native shrubs but provided me with wonderful plants that have matured and become part of the backbones of my Hamptons garden. Thank you Meadowbrook Nursery.  I wish you guys well and will miss you.

Their website is still up so I plan to study their plant collections thoroughly like good garden book for potential new native additions. Hopefully, I'll find a resource to fulfill this wish list.  





Who Knew?

Morning light breaks through the snow-clad branches yesterday

More snow today (with ice).  The trees and shrubs in my Hamptons Garden already look like they've been thickly frosted with vanilla buttercream.  A beautiful sight, but enough snow already.

We're only halfway through the winter and we've had record cold weather and significant snowfall. Was all this forecasted last fall? As a gardener, I'm usually tuned into the forecasts, especially unusual hot and cold spells. But I don't remember anyone cautioning us against polar vortexes until recently.

I looked back at The Weather Channel's winter forecast that they published on Oct. 21, 2013.  It reported, "A winter of extreme cold or extreme warmth is not expected during the months from December to February...For the Northeast, the best chance for extended cold temperatures is expected to be late in the winter".  Was this just an optimistic guess?

The tried-and-true Old Farmer's Almanac was a much better predictor.  They published last September, "a decline in solar activity combined with ocean-atmosphere patterns in the Pacific and Atlantic will result in below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall during most of the winter across much of the United States".  This almanac has been correct more than not. They did predict the warmer than normal winter we had a few seasons ago.

I guess there's not much I could have done differently knowing the severe winter forecast.  Maybe I would have bought an additional snow shovel and a few more pairs of long johns, but for the most part, ignorance was bliss.


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