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Almost an Oops! In the Garden

May 21, 2020

Here comes my annual salute to the real Parterre, the behind-the-scenes realities that few visitors think about. Given this provoctive, tell-all title, this is always a readers’ favorite (no surprise).…

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Welcoming the Tulips!

May 14, 2020

There’s a wonderful overlap in my garden that happens about this point in the spring…as the four flowering cherries finish their magical bloom time, glorious tulips start popping up in…

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Paris, Thanks for the Memories!

May 7, 2020

The events of the last 3 months have given a new meaning and vividness to the memories we each hold dear — almost as though a bright celestial light has…

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The Centerpiece of the Parterre Garden

April 30, 2020

If there can be a silver lining to having had some glorious trips cancelled this spring it is that I am here, in Newport, to see my two beloved matched…

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Faux and Behold: The Dovecote at Parterre

April 23, 2020

A dear reader left a lovely comment on last week’s post asking about “the charming cylindrical shaped structure with the conical roof at the corner of the hedge.” She could…

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Through the Garden Gate

April 16, 2020

Humor is such an important antidote to this “journey” we all find ourselves on. And I had to look no further than my own garden and the pair of frogs…

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New Beginnings at Parterre

April 9, 2020

Easter and new beginnings are taking on a special meaning at Parterre this year. Only a very few times in the twenty years that we’ve lived here have I ever…

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Private Newport, Home at Seafair

April 2, 2020

“Home” has never meant as much as it does now (as we self-quarantine) or carried as much significance as a place of refuge in troubling times. With two coffee table…

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