It’s already December and life is busy.

I’m here to say hello but to let you know I won’t be around on a regular basis for several weeks.
If you are a subscriber, you will receive an email any time I post. But it won’t be often!

I’m going to try to do more photography…as well as quite a bit of entertaining and, you know, the usual holiday busy-ness.


A collection of greens, 2016, on a farmhouse board.

But wait! There was one more thing I wanted to tell you all: you need to watch
“The Crown” on Netflix!! Excellent, excellent. Highly recommended!
Ok, that’s it for now…




Do you have a gardener on your Christmas list?

I’m betting that most of you do… and at the very least, YOU have some fun or unique or mundane or unusual products that you just might like to have Santa know about. Am I right?

The weather in my part of the country has been unusual. Late fall and early winter are supposed to be cooler. Well, over Thanksgiving our temps were in the 70’s. We ate lunch out on the terrace each day where it was strange not to have any leaf or tree cover. But it was lovely.

On to holiday shopping! I’ve tried to gather some unique gift ideas for you. We all get the usual catalogs with packages of amaryllis and paperwhites, or citrus fruit from Florida, or jams from Maine, and oh so many cozy fleece wraps, socks and neck warmers for wearing outside. But what if you are looking for something just a little bit more unusual? Take a look at some of these and see what you think.


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I’ve tried to hit all price points here in these selections, although I do stay away from the very expensive. There are SO many fun items out there if you look hard enough.


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And the best, and most unique, gifts for last.
These are all from Etsy: the best place around to go shopping!


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I hope you have found some things that interest you. And, to find more, go to my
Pinterest Board: Gifts for Gardeners
I’ll be adding more goodies as i find them, so check back often.




Vermont Bee Balm



This is my newest and greatest and very best discovery in a long, long time.
Maybe. But this is, honestly, THE best potion for nails, cuticles and hands.

I have had such problems with my nails. Dry skin, in general, very dry cuticles and then cracking, splitting nails were the order of the day earlier this year. I go to THE BEST manicure woman and, believe me, she tried. We tried everything. I’ve never used acrylic nails or gels. We glued, we mended, we filed, and we filled. To no avail. They only seemed to get worse.

So I went cold turkey.
Nothing. No manicure, no glues, no polish. Zero. For six long weeks.
And you know what? They gradually got better!!!!!

Thanks to Vermont Bee Balm which I put on 3x each day, my nails began to look normal. Here they are after two months with one coat of base.


And here, finally, finally with some Essie ……  I have waited a LONG time to get back to some color!


I am certainly NOT a very good hand model!!



The color is “Fishnet Stockings”

Another favorite color of late is “Chubby Cheeks”


You can get this nice size tin in Original or in Orange Butter Balm. The original is just about fragrance free and I definitely prefer it. The Orange Butter actually smells a bit like chocolate/cocoa (my opinion!)
This is olive oil and Vermont beeswax. That’s it. The consistency is a thick almost solid mass. They say to drag your thumbnail over the top…actually you sort of “push” the nail forward. It doesn’t take much, believe me. My one tin will probably last close to a year, and I use it twice a day now.


And…for those of you who are wondering
just which coat I kept……..
It’s the Boden Sally Coat!


It’s cute, it’s different, love the snaps in front, and it fits perfectly. Happiness.

Let us know if you have a favorite nail or skin care cream: we would love to see your comments!