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The Gates of Newport

September 29, 2022

Inspiration seems truly “around every corner” when you live in a setting as beautiful and historic as Newport. Just the other night, I attended a lecture on Frederick Law Olmsted…

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Vivacious Autumn Clematis

September 22, 2022

I remember many years back describing with great affection my take on Autumn clematis, or ‘clematis paniculata’…”vivacious…embracing…enveloping…a bit free with her favors…and goes by the honeyed name, Sweet Autumn Clematis.…

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Newport Traditions: the Sleeping Porch

September 15, 2022

There is one house in Newport that has always held my fancy…and it is not just because we placed a bid on it before making the decision to build. Bellevue…

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Memories of Summer ’22

September 8, 2022

Summer of 2022 has just finished and what a glorious season it was, blessedly free from the strictures of Covid. With the most-delicious weather I can remember in years –…

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A Newport Tradition: Coaching Weekend

September 1, 2022

As though scripted by Julian Fellowes, Coaching Weekend returned to Newport August 18-21 after a four year hiatus, just as the first season of his “The Gilded Age” TV series…

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Newport Viewscapes: Gooseneck Cove

August 25, 2022

Every summer in Newport provides a welcome opportunity to enjoy the many viewscapes of our very special island. Today I’m choosing a favorite as this blog post – Gooseneck Cove,…

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Oops! in the Garden 2022

August 18, 2022

What a lollapalooza of a year for garden challenges…frequent and strong winds, torrential downpours (rather than soft showers), a constant brigade of bunnies, and a new blight on the horizon…

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Summer Details in the Parterre Garden

August 11, 2022

Here at Parterre, ours is a green scheme that so suits a formal French stroll garden. The peace and cool that shades of green provide have proven, as always, a…

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