Meghan O'Connell2020/01/19

Supporting your Garden Ecosystem

It sure has been a strange winter here. We had a ton of snowfall early in December-- ??? inches over the course of just 3 days. Then last weekend it was nearly 70 degrees around Boston.

As a gardener, I am keenly aware of the interconnectedness of the weather, plants, bugs, animals and our human selves. I worry about the erratic weather patterns that we have been seeing more of lately, and the greater impacts of climate change.

This is why we make natural and self-sustaining garden care our priority. It is so important to make sure all the components of your eco-system are working together so that your garden not only stays beautiful, but actually enhances the earth in which it grows.

Winter in New England naturally causes me to turn inward... to spend more time  reflecting. I'm going into my fourth year of business in 2020 and I am excited to learn more about sustainable gardening so that I can continue to put best practices into use for our clients! I am honing my vision for my business and for the team I will be putting together this year!

Stay tuned...

Besides wintertime reflecting, I also had fun being creative with these winter arrangements. I used branches that I had pruned from clients' plants at the end of fall: Red twig Dogwoods, and Boxwoods, as well as some Spruce branches from my Christmas tree to create these lovely holiday decorations. The branches still look quite nice almost 2 months later!


Meghan O'Connell2018/03/12

A Winter Blooming Shrub!

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure to explore the beautiful forests and beaches of Costa Rica with my friend, Briana. It was a much needed escape from the cold, dreary days of New England winter. 

But vacations can't last forever and so I returned to Boston 10 days later, with a bit of a tan, only to be hit with a big, fat snowstorm the next day. Oh, I don't feel sorry for myself. I'm from the midwest... I know how to handle the winter. I remember the blizzard of 2012 in Boston quite fondly, watching the hilarious and brave souls cross-country skiing down the usually busy streets in Arlington. I enjoy the respite from the hard labor that I do in the gardens all year. I especially enjoy seeing the branches of trees all exposed in the middle of winter, after having shed all their leaves. 

And winter is the best time to enjoy one of my favorite trees! The Witch Hazel actually blooms during this time! I was lucky enough to see one in full bloom last week in a client's garden. This is probably the only tree I know of that can bloom in the middle of winter that won't get me riled up about climate change. 

Thank you, Witch Hazel, for your cheery and delicate yellow petals on a snowy winter day!