Cut and Dried

Cut and Dried - Coastal Home Magazine Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Tendercrop Farm grows food for the table and the soul   The fields are striped with rows of snapdragons, celosia, and salvia to fill fresh and dried bouquets. Photographs by Kindra Clineff   Among Tendercrop Farm’s most popular dried flowers are the cockscombs that they grow in long, colorful rows. Properly dried, their brilliant color will not fade for years. A rubberband goes onto the bundles in the field. Later, they will hang from the rafters after a paperclip is affixed. Some...

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Bell Farm

BF-BirdHouses4B Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Hostas take a garden from zero to OMG   The white-hemmed foliage of Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’ brightens the color of a shady walk. Photographed by Kindra Clineff Produced by Terry John Woods     A skirt of hostas engulfs the front porch of the Bell Farm Antiques shop with urns as accents and Adirondack chairs waiting for customers to enjoy the ambiance. | Gas lanterns, wired for electricity, accent the shop’s façade, while hostas form a kick-line in front.     Judy...

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The Herb Farmacy

HF-BottledHerbs-212 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar In full sun and sandy soil, these farmers opted for herbs To preserve their harvest of fresh herbs for winter, Rita and Brooke make herb-infused vinegars. The blue bottles hold herbs in balsamic vinegar; herbs mingle with apple cider vinegar in the clear bottles. Photographed by Kindra Clineff Rita Wollmering hauls a flat of ‘Grosso’ lavender, which is hardy in northern Massachusetts. By rooting cuttings, the HERB FARMacy is committed to diversity.      Brooke Finn shuffles a flat of purple basil,

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The Lure of a Labyrinth

Pit_IrisLabyrinth-268 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Photographed by Kindra Clineff Charlotte Pitman walks Piglet, a Jack Russell terrier, past the entrance to her 75-by-100-foot oval labyrinth. Dazzling gardens, once overgrown, are now restored Vigorous white wisteria covers a pergola and brings welcome shade to the back porch. In the foreground bloom peonies, foxgloves, and spirea.   Dwarf ‘Nikko’ deutzia lines the bluestone steps leading from the swimming pool to the wooden gate that opens onto an expanse of lawn. In 2005, Charlotte Pitman lived in Boston and knew...

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Gardening by Design

Garden-Robbi-FrenchCountry-Entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar This French-style country garden was once a horse stable and now features a clear connection from the driveway around a corner to the front door, and low stone walls that define garden spaces   The pool of this ocean retreat is screened from the street by layers of evergreens and a mixed border above a stone wall. Country garden and ocean retreat designed by Roberta Woodburn of Woodburn and Company. Landscape installation by Piscataqua Landscaping and masonry by William Avery of Piscataqua...

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The Art of Growing Food

KG_OverallShot2_2 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar   Kitchen Gardens Feed Body and Soul Photographed by Ali Kaukas Gardeners bring their own personality to the kitchen garden: painterly, orderly, and whimsical. The Complete Kitchen Garden, features 14 garden designs with recipes to show how to combine ornamental edibles with classic garden design. A well-managed Family Kitchen Garden features gravel paths, tidy beds, and a picnic table for the family to enjoy meals al fresco in the garden. A simple rustic arbor has a magical effect, making a transition from...

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Picture Perfect

Shore_041 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Color defines an artist’s house and gardenPhotographed by Kindra ClineffProduced by Marsha Jusczak    Curves and level changes maximize space leading to the bluestone terrace outside the kitchen door.     Yellow accents bring sunlight into the dining area, where fresh cut flowers coordinate with blue and yellow Italian dinnerware. Paned-glass windows frame views of the garden in the kitchen addition. The artist’s painting of ‘The Yellow Jackson House at Strawbery Banke’ is in the background.     In a sun-filled open...

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Autumn Blaze

1011Garden5 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Enjoy the vibrant trees and shrubs of fall Redvein enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus) is grown for its urn-shaped creamy white spring flowers with red veins and glorious yellow, orange, and rich red fall color. Photography and art scans by Kerry Michaels Linden viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum) attracts attention for its cream-white flowers in spring, followed by flattish red fruit clusters and orangey fall color. Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia) Cutleaf fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’) is hardier than Japanese maple, easier to cultivate, and adapts...

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Purple Coneflower

header Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Prairie Princess With A Whole New Look Left: Photography Zina Seletskaya /www.shutterstock.com.  | Center: When in bloom, award-winning ‘Magnus’ purple coneflower attracts butterflies and bees, while the mature cones provide food for birds. Photography courtesy of  vanberkumnursery.com. | Right: Sunrise’ has dark gold cones and yellow petals fading to cream. | Photography courtesy of provenwinners.com. What trendy bloom can look like a geek with a mullet or a wilted lavender daisy thirsting for a drink? Purple coneflower, of course! These are the glory...

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Driving to the Green

driving_to_the_green Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A FAMILY'S QUEST FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY GOLF COURSE     It’s a chilly but sunny mid-March morning when I pull into the North Road parking lot across the way from Sagamore Golf Club in North Hampton, New Hampshire. Though none would be safe in saying spring had arrived, the half-melted snow about the course’s far-reaching greens imparts something more than a simple glimmer of hope.     Still, while co-owner Tyler Sanborn and superintendent Dave Burgquist know that warmer temperatures will soon...

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A Passion for Words and Trees

Talent_PennyOSullivan3 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Portrait by Michelle Brewster PENELOPE O'SULLIVAN - Coastal Home's new editor reveals her passion for words and trees        In the late nineteenth century, a woman of exceptional achievement was sometimes called a “master smart woman.” This description aptly describes Penelope O’Sullivan, an expert in woody plants, garden designer, and author of 13 books, as well as numerous articles on gardening and the arts. Penny, with her husband, Bob, has also created a backyard arboretum filled with rare and specimen plants...

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Secret Eden

CoastalHomeHP8 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A LITTLE-KNOWN DANVERS ESTATE EMBODIES THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN GARDENS Spring-blooming Chinese wisteria (W. sinensis), planted in 1899, covers a pergola made of 10 weathered marble pillars with cedar crossbeams. All Photography by Michael Hubley  A late spring stroll through the historic gardens at Glen Magna Farms in Danvers, Massachusetts, makes your head spin. Colors shine—magenta peonies, deep pink rhododendrons, and lusty purple wisteria, growing like a thick shag rug on a columned pergola. Oaks and chestnuts ring the edges, and...

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The Urban Buzz

JCB-45 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar This Beekeeper is Sweet on City Streets   Photographed by Kindra Clineff When beekeepers open a hive, they always check on the queen bee to make sure she is laying and in good health. An extra set of eyes proves invaluable in the search, and sure enough, Ariane points her out.   Ariane smokes the bees to calm them before Jean-Claude removes the propolis (which he uses to make tinctures) from the hive. Jean-Claude is among a growing number of beekeepers turning...

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When the Primrose Path Goes Oceanside

primroseheader Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Photographed by Tovah Martin In Neil Jorgensen’s Kittery garden, primroses take spring by storm   Neil seeks out rarities. Although P. kisoana is generally magenta, he found a whisper pink version for his garden. Primula sieboldii comes in a broad range of colors; Neil has coupled this blue bloomer with Trillium and variegated Hosta. Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ blooms at the same time as polyanthus primroses and the P. sieboldii collection, resulting in a great seaside combo. Neil is selecting for the...

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