Springtime

Love on the Table by Beth Albright

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Written by Beth Albright As a Southerner, I’ve always known that food and love are one and the same. My grandmothers both knew this secret and, as we do down South, passed that bit of magic down to future generations, the same as with our stories. Memories and shared recipes all get wrapped and tied with ribbon in faded, stained …

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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The whole concept is amazing to me. As one of our most popular and widely anticipated folklore celebrations, Groundhog Day is such a seemingly-silly tradition. How does the groundhog seeing his shadow determine if winter remains or if the season has come to an end? I always watch with amazement at the man who holds up the groundhog for all …

Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Gardens from European Treasures

Exploring Europe’s Gardens with Victoria

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The Norton family, of which I am a descendent, came to America from England. In fact, when we were publishing needlework magazines, one of the great historians of needlework Joanne Harvey told me that she had created a needlework kit whereby I could re-create the Hannah Norton sampler from the Historic New England collection. The original was stitched in 1795, …

Why Hydrangeas are a Special Favorite in My Summer Garden

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I am in love with hydrangeas. My bushes are in full bloom right now, and I wish they stayed that way year-round. I started my hydrangea garden after listening to my dear friend Alexandra Stoddard speak of her writing room. The white-drenched room, complete with open windows and billowing curtains, overlooks her French hydrangea garden where the beautiful blue blossoms nod …

Show Off Your Favorite Summer Plants

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I absolutely love planters. There is something intriguing to me about grouping plants in containers to show off their beauty. I had the opportunity to travel to Wisconsin last week and wanted to share some wonderful plant displays that I have seen this summer. The planters with the old iron and weathered wood were so creative. They look so old …

Tulip Bulbs

Garden Inspiration: It’s Time to Plant Bulbs!

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The beauty of spring takes my breath away. I am sitting here looking at the most gorgeous dogwood tree laden with white flowers while my tulips and violas are making a show on the terrace. I planted my bulbs then planted violas on top of them. The tulips nudged their way through the tiny purple blossoms and together they create …