Category Archives: Stepheny The Gardener

Writing reflections on my garden and gardening allows me to live the moments twice. Once in the doing and then in the remembering.

Gardening – A Balm In Gilead

Gardeners have long known that a great way to still their minds and restore their equilibrium is to go out into the garden and get their hands dirty. As our election cycle draws to an end, we’re all looking for … Continue reading

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It’s Time To Create Your Winter Garden Containers

Images from My Pinterest Boards Click on the link I am providing to a Youtube Video. It is all you need for inspiration and directions to create beautiful exterior arrangements in the days ahead. I have been tricking out my exterior … Continue reading

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After the #Challenge I’m Catching Up in the Garden

THANK GOODNESS I MOVED THE PEONIES “The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom.” Henry Mitchell, American writer (1923-93) Two years at the end of this … Continue reading

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Moon Vines-Morning Glories Equal Devine

Have you added the fragrance of moonflowers to your garden? Next Spring plant this climbing vine to enjoy large white flowers that offer an appealing evening scent. I photographed (9/27/14) these flowers open and waiting for me last evening at … Continue reading

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Building a Pebble Patio-Next Project in Creating a New Garden

If you have been reading this blog you know that we left a garden in Durham, NC in May 2013 and have started a new one in Nashville, NC. A blank canvas that in my mind I have divided into … Continue reading

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‘Frilled Enchantment’ -A Belated Birthday Present Worth Waiting For-

Iris ensata ‘Frilled Enchantment’ I have a dear friend, Jinny Marino, who among many things is a superb gardener, floral designer, flower judge and generous of heart. In March when I was celebrating another birthday, she offered me some iris … Continue reading

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Hostas – Spectacular in the Garden

Private garden on the CHGC Spring Tour In the North Shore community of Winnetka, IL. where my husband and I were once raising a blended family, hostas’ were profusely planted. Under stately trees, shade provided these plants the kind of … Continue reading

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Iris – A Spring Love Affair

The Iris are blooming in North Carolina Gardens Iris in a long border in the Greer Garden I am proud to say this is my daughter’s NC border that greets people at the front edge of the property. Iris in … Continue reading

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Iris Galore

I feel this untitled poem was written for me because aspects of The Houghtlin Garden are mentioned; my little gate of green and the garden’s Iris galore. The poem is from an old catalog of “Green Gate Gardens 1931” which used to be in … Continue reading

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Moving Peonies In An Act of Faith

“The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom.” –Henry Mitchell, American writer (1923-93)  The peonies blooming in the garden this May prove how accurate Henry Mitchell’s … Continue reading

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Touring Gardens Heals What Ails You

“You never really leave a place you love, part of it you take with you, leaving a part of you behind. A friend sent me this quote knowing the fix I have been in. She is a fellow gardener and flower … Continue reading

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Looking for the Moonlight

I may not be able to take the trees planted throughout the garden to my next blank canvas, but I will be taking this lovely green glazed pot.  I love to run my hands across the cool smooth surface knocking … Continue reading

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