Category: Things that inspire me in the garden

Summer Glory ~ mid August in my country cottage garden

Summer has flown by and we are already on the downward side of August. Although many of the flowers in our garden have already shown their splendor, some hold out for the last hurrah. The ironweed, butterfly bushes, plumbago, crepe myrtles, hydrangeas, rudbeckias, phlox, alliums and August Lilies, backed up by those sturdy annuals –

DIY Project : Stacked Stone Bird Baths

During this exceptionally hot, dry summer it has been more important than ever to make sure the birds have water sources. This stacked stone bird bath project is the latest in my “use what you have” repurposing ventures. After building the fire pit this summer, I had about a wheelbarrow full of stone left over

Field Trip : The Delaware Center for Horticulture

Just ten minutes away from our home is a little jewel of a garden at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, in Wilmington, Delaware. Open to the public, this garden exemplifies green growing practices and shows how you can make a little space seem large. Come along for a quick tour of the grounds. Keep in

DIY Project : Plant pokes from vintage salt & pepper shakers

You know those vintage salt and pepper shakers that your great auntie gave you? That’s right, the ones you can’t part with but cringe every time you see them in the china cupboard? Dust them off and repurpose those shakers as whimsical plant “pokes” that you can enjoy! All you need for this project is

Wow! 3,000 site visits … thank you for the warm welcome

Thank you! Thank you! The warm welcome received by Our Fairfield Home & Garden’s new website and blog has just been overwhelming! Our website is just three weeks old today, but thanks to you lovely followers on Pinterest, HomeTalk and Facebook, we reached our goal of 3,000 site visits in three weeks! Celebration Time! It seems like

See what is blooming today in my garden…

I was strolling through my garden this morning, cutting a few things back here and dead-heading there. It is amazing how quickly the summer has gone by. August is here already and the heat and humidity have started to take their toll on our plantings. Not to mention we have had very little rain recently!

DIY Project : Make Your Own Birdbath !

Recently, I wrote a post on using odds and ends  around the house and shed to assemble a five-minute bird bath. It was quite a hit with the shabby-chic crowd, but some folks want a newer, neater look. So here it is! This project took a total of three hours to complete, but about half

Field Trip : The Unusual and Romantic Gardens of Chanticleer

One of the most unusual and romantic public gardens I have seen, Chanticleer, was the destination of our recent field trip.  This former estate in a residential area of Wayne, Pennsylvania, features seven distinct gardens, each designed, planted and kept up by an individual horticulturist/gardener. Because of this diversity, visiting Chanticleer provides the impression of


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