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Michels Memory

In remembrance of Michel Rae 1936-2019… one of the loveliest growers both inside and out, I’ve ever known. I was fortunate to have met her some sixteen years ago. For fifty years the owner, along with her husband of the Old Sheep Meadows Nursery have been the only growers in Maine and all of New England, of old fashioned root roses, along with her outstanding day lilies. Near and dear to her in her gardens was her uncanny ability to attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds through very well thought out plantings.

In addition to their lovely farm, you could always find Michel at local farmers markets exhibiting her roses, and always with a willingness to chat gardening.

Having collaborated with the Maine Audubon Society, TV’s Secret Garden Series and Better Homes & Gardens, her immeasurable expertise in old fashioned, heirloom landscape gardens and her generosity sharing her wealth of knowledge, a treasure I will hold on to forever. Rest In Peace my friend.

Today’s Bouquet

…. the zinnia’s are still so showy in the garden.. growing strong.

Busy Schedule

It was first day back to school for the boys last week, along with soccer and hockey season beginning. One soccer goal for Liam and two hockey goals for Eli. Needless to say, there was no arguing with them when it was time for bed last night after the full week they’d had.. They never even made it to the opener kickoff Pat’s game! Zzzz’s

Garden Statuary

I don’t keep a lot garden statuary at my farm, but a few of my faves are musts… St Francis, Saint Fiacre, a couple of garden fairies, and a few frogs I’ve collected over the years or have been gifted. They say frogs and toads are an awesome addition to any garden. Sharing your garden with a resident toad or two is a great way to bring down the pest population of buggies, slugs and snails and in all likelihood if you’re lucky enough to have them, a great indication of a pretty clean environment.

At my old farm, I had a gazillion toads as we were plagued with slugs there.. but it’s not the case at this new location, as it’s very dry and located in full sun from dawn to dusk. And some days I kind of miss seeing them… the toads, not the slugs! 🙂

But then last night I was pleasantly surprised as I went along the rows of squash I was picking for dinner. I’m not sure if our monsoon rain washed him in or not, but boy, was I happy to find him! And though it’s nearing the end of another season, I secretly hopes he plans to set up housekeeping.

Last Hurrah

…. of the season. Major cheat, but just couldn’t resist. 🙂 Yumma!

Quickie Lunch

… then off to the beach.

Tomato, leek, and Brie bruschetta Yum!