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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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Stately, showy, easy-care, self sowing perennial, agatache.. and a part of my tea blend… and I hurried to harvest them this morn before our skies open up.

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I love this time of year when the black cohosh comes into flower, the uniqueness of its bud… plus nectar for the bees– sure wish they’d last a bit longer in the garden.

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