Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Guide to Northeastern Gardening - Journeys of a Garden Designer: My First Published Book!


After designing for 19 years, blogging for five years and working on content for the past two years, I am pleased to announce the official launching of my very first book!  With the exception of a few close friends, there was no mention of me working on this book, as I was questioning myself as to whether or not it would ever materialize. I decided to try a self-publishing program and the adventure began. Now, after edit upon edit, and being my own worst critic, I have finally turned my many thoughts about gardening into a published work.


The journey started as a child.  My mother's favorite flowers were daisies so I would often pick them for her, which always put a smile on her face, a warm smile that I will always remember.  At the age of five, I started requesting flower pots and seeds that I could nurture and watch bloom.  My mother taught me to have an appreciation for nature in her own way, possibly without even knowing the impact she had on me.  My father also saw my interest in living things and helped me to plant my very first tree in our backyard, which deepened my love for anything green.  As an adult I embarked on a career in education, but my love of gardening continued to flourish. I went back to school for horticulture and with the encouragement of family and friends, became a landscape designer and started up my own business.  I retired from a fulfilling 32 year teaching career in 2013 and now run my business full time.  While working just one career I also found some time to write over the past two years.  The rest of the journey continues here...

A Guide to Northeastern Gardening~Journeys of a Garden Designer 

Gardening in Zones 3-9

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A Guide to Northeastern Gardening is a comprehensive guide of valuable information on plants hardy in a range of zones from 3-9, and gardening techniques backed up by my own personal experiences as a professional landscape designer, along with answers to frequently asked questions. Learn about landscape design principles, butterfly gardening, deer resistant plants, long blooming perennials, globe and weeping evergreens, flowering trees and shrubs, native plantings, shade gardening and more. Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener, A Guide to Northeastern Gardening will help you to create your own dream garden. Come along on my journey into the world of gardening!

Preview Info:  To Preview Click on the Link to the Left

Sample Excerpt
My goal for this book is to share my experiences and passion of horticulture with others. With that goal in mind, I included the information that I share with clients during the design process, such as the types of plants that are most hardy and longest blooming,  deer resistant, low maintenance or shade tolerant and those that will supply color and all season interest. I have also addressed answers to commonly asked maintenance questions that are posed by clients.  In total, there are twelve chapters, each containing information on the design and maintenance of various types of gardens, with recommended plants and answers to commonly asked questions, all backed up by my own personal experiences.  The plants mentioned in the book have been personally photographed and I have included detailed information on each. I cannot be more elated about this venture becoming a reality. The links below will take you to a preview and purchasing info for my published book. I hope to share my passion of gardening with you!

Thank you to my readers for giving me the motivation to pursue this endeavor and thank you to my husband, friends and family who encouraged me along the way.  

As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and Foliage Follow Up March 2015 - Bring on Spring!

March 2015 Garden
This is not your ordinary March.  March came in like a lion with snowfall on the first, followed by winter storm Thor on the fifth.  With more snow storms than I can keep track of totaling 56.6 inches, record low temperatures and snow still embracing the landscape, spring initially seemed to be so far away.  
March 2015 Snowy Garden after Winter Storm Thor

Female Cardinal

March 2015 Garden Thaw
Then…we set the clocks ahead for daylight savings time on the 8th. It felt like at that moment the landscape started its thaw, with temperatures rising above freezing and into the mid to upper 40’s, as if Mother Nature was saying "Enough already...It’s time!”  For the first time in months the grass was visible again and all that was buried in a blanket of white started to appear.  
March 2015 Garden
Along with the thaw came the wildlife.  A Blue Jay visitor perched on a tree outside the kitchen window and then eight geese landed on our lawn as they were lured in by the only patch of green grass exposed through the snow.  Cardinals, mockingbirds, sparrows and other birds became more visible as they come out of hiding into warmer temperatures to join the juncos.
Blue Jay Visitor
The Canada geese visitors stayed for hours on the property enjoying the only patch of exposed lawn.
Canada Geese 
Determined Squirrel

A very determined squirrel was entertaining as he did yoga stretches trying to get to the feeder for a bite.
March Garden Thaw Heuchera 'Caramel' Reappears

As the snow started to melt perennials reappeared in the garden...
First Sign of Daylilies
and the very first signs of growth from lilies emerged.
Nandina domestica Berries March

First Sign of Hyacinth
The next day the first Hyacinth buds appeared...
Pussy Willow Catkin March
and I was able to get close enough to the Weeping Pussy Willow to see the first real catkins getting ready to open.
Sedum First Spring Rosette Appears
They were followed my Sedum rosettes appearing from the ground.  Each day has been an adventure to see what was going to appear next.
Holly Berries March
Did I mention how much I love spring and all the joy of watching the very first buds sprout from their dormant sleep? I can't wait to see what will appear tomorrow.

Garden Gal Happy!

Spring 2015 Has Arrived!


It was a long wait but spring has finally sprung in my Long Island Garden.  The unbearable snow and cold of winter only made the first arrival of life even more appreciated and I am pleased to share the very first signs of spring with you.  Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who makes it possible for us to have blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Creative Country Mom's Tuesday Garden PartyToday's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart MacroMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods.  I hope you enjoyed the transformation. Happy spring (in just five days) or fall to our southern hemisphere friends.

And As Always...Happy Gardening!


Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gardening Through the Seasons: Digital Art

On this chilly February day I decided to get into the creative spirit and portray the seasons with some digital art.  I went through my photo collection from throughout the past year and selected four captures that are reminiscent of each season.   After several hours and using a combination of adobe filters, I arrived at these finished views. Descriptions of each photo are supplied explaining the combinations of filters I used for each one.  I hope you enjoy the tour of the seasons from a different perspective!
Coral Bark Maple Oil Filter and Dry Brush Stroke
Throughout the seasons the gardens are changing.  In winter the harshness of the landscape can be brightened by the glowing of red bark or golden hue of some evergreens.   The drifting snow blanketing the garden adds its own softness and beauty.
 Oriental Spruce Skylands Oil Filter (Double Applied)
Ice Crystal on Spruce Oil Filter-Dry Brush-Poster Edges

Winter Scene Oil Filter (Triple Applied)


Spring is an array of hues resembling watercolors on a painting.  When spring comes to mind I think of the some of the first signs...tulips, crocus, daffodils and allium rising up from the once frozen ground.
Tulip Art Cut Out Filter
Crocus Pallete Knife and Poster Edge Filters
Daffodil Oil Filter (Applied Twice)

Allium Bloom Cut Out and Oil Filters


Summer reminds me of roses, dragonflies and petals of brilliant colored flowers, all combining into a wonderful palette of color.
Rose Garden Oil Filter
Dragonfly on Salvia Oil Filter
Stella D 'Oro Daylily Oil Filter


Stargazer Lily Cut Out Filter


Autumn is its own mosaic of all the colors together with hues of reds, golds, tans and oranges that are the highlights of the garden.  I also think of fall as a time when wispy plumes of ornamental grasses and dried seed heads are seen throughout the landscape.
Sunflower Cut Out Filter
Nandina domestica Oil Filter
Maiden Grasses Oil and Dry Brush Filters

Fall Seed Pods Filter Grain and Oil Filters

I like to think of the garden as a fluid or changing canvas or perhaps a painting in motion.    I hope these seasonal photos helped to brighten your day. I am linking this post with Creative Country Mom's Tuesday Garden Party, Today's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart Macro and Macro Monday 2.  Please be sure to give them a visit.  Thank you for stopping by....

And As Always...Happy Gardening!



Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up February 2015: Frosty Garden Views

February Garden
It is mid-February and several storms have passed. After Blizzard Juno on January 27th delivering 20 inches of snow, and with temperatures in the 20's, the gardens have been covered in a blanket of crystal white.  Today there is another blizzard warning in effect for here on Long Island and it is time for another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up!  While not much is blooming this time of year, the garden is magical with nature’s artwork. Since the snow is too deep to walk out into the property I am using my Canon telephoto lens to share some frosty views. I think you will get an idea of how cold it is here in my northeastern garden!
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Before we start the tour I would like to make a very special announcement.  On February 17, it will be the fifth anniversary of A Guide to Northeastern Gardening.  I am also very excited to announce the recent publishing of my very first book. There are links to access it in the sidebar and below, and further information will be forthcoming! 
Skylands Oriental Spruce 
Ice Crystals on Blue Spruce
Coral Bark Maple Acer 'Sango Kaku' Winter Bark
Ice Crystals on Blue Spruce and Skylands Spruce
Globe Montgomery Blue Spruce
Skylands Oriental Spruce
Barberry and Gold Lace Juniper
Weeping Norway Spruce
Thundercloud Plum Winter
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
Barberry 'Rosy Glow' and Golden Oriental Spruce 'Skylands' 
Weeping Pussy Willow Catkins Forming
Garden Gal Waiting for Spring!
Here We Go Again...

The blooms at this time of year take the form of ice crystals so I am counting on our warm climate bloggers to show off some early spring or summer blooms.  There is hope for spring with some buds starting to form despite the snow and cold temperatures. Please be sure to visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens who makes it possible for us to have blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Creative Country Mom's Tuesday Garden Party, Today's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart MacroMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods.  

I hope you enjoyed your winter garden visit. If you leave a note I will know you stopped by and will be sure to visit you as well.  Also please visit the Blurb Book Store or Apple I-Tunes to preview my new book!  Also...just in...Amazon Kindle. More information to follow.

And As Always...Happy Gardening!


Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved

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