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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.

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Repost for my dear friends Olivia and Matt. Thinking of you ❤

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I’ll never forget my first encounter with a lady slipper.  I was playing hide and seek with my buddies on my grandfather’s farm. I remember running up a dirt hill in the deep pines and then racing down the opposite side to find the best spot to hide, but I was instead to be stopped dead in my tracks when I reached the bottom. What was this odd looking plant? We didn’t have these in our yard, at least none I’d ever seen.  At the end of the day of outdoor fun, as we sat down to Grampie’s dinner table I told everyone what I’d seen and asked what it was.  My grandfather spoke right up.. “it seems you’ve found the lady slipper patch” he said.  And then went on to say, “ that is one of the only flowers you must never disturb.. it’s against the law to pick them”. I nodded my head listening intently as he spoke of this lovely, yet unusual plant.. but in my mind I wondered? Do they have sheriff’s hiding in the woods ready to pounce and arrest the lady slipper touching culprits?? LOL Of course, I never said this to Gramps though!

Many, many years later when we bought our farm, I was pleasantly surprised when out walking in our pine grove in late May, a profusion of these lovely plants.  All pink, with only one lone yellow slipper.  Finding them made me smile with fond remembrances of years gone by and my Gramp’s farm and finding my first Lady slippers. Alone, they are unique.. in clusters.. simply striking, and as the breeze blew through our grove — hundreds of pink pouches bobbed gently… an incredible sight!

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Happy Mother’s Day! ❤

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On a night much like last night.. windy and raw.. by lantern, as we were without power due to the storm,  Vidahlia our oldest and best Mom delivered her triplets like an old pro…

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and not two hours later Pansy, a first timer.. delivered with only a little assistance from me… young Jonah.  Historically not all of our birthing ewe’s deliveries went so well.. but we were blessed  that chilly March night. 🙂 I’m wishing all shepherds as smooth deliveries this lambing season.

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The snow was lightly falling,
Sparkling coming down.
The few remaining Autumn leaves
Had fallen to the ground.
The wind was howling through the trees,
all the leaves had died.
One by one they’ve tumbled down,
now buried by the snows.
The more the sparkling carries on
the more the wind does blow.
A large white blanket has covered the land.
I picked a snowflake from your wool…
it melted in my hand.

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