Category Archives: Gardens

At the vineyard and in the orchard

Savage Oaks Wines

Our fall foliage series closes with scenes from Savage Oaks Winery and Schoolhouse Farm orchards. We stopped by Savage Oaks Winery in Union for a tasting. Holly Savage was a gracious hostess. So many wonderful varieties to choose from. Our favorites: Sterlingtown – a fresh, just picked off the vine flavor, strong grape taste that’s […]

Squash blossoms for the everyday table

Female squash blossoms

It was late summer, 1979. My husband and I were just getting started with our house painting business in Connecticut. We landed a three story home owned by a very hospitable older Italian woman. She kindly asked us to have lunch in the garden with her. I was impressed by the garden, so beautiful and […]

Daylilies: plan now for next spring

All aboard for Columbus

This week I want to share with you these gorgeous lilies. The photos were taken at Merryspring Gardens just a couple of weeks ago. Although daylily bloom time is just about over, I thought the pics would be great for next years perennial garden planning. Let’s start out with this brilliant red-orange one, “All aboard […]

Mary Trotochaud open house and garden tour

Stoneware birdbath and bird feeder by Mary Trotochaud

Everyday Pottery is the work of Mary Trotochaud.  She forms functional stoneware pottery on the wheel, created for everyday use. “Every day I look out my studio windows to the colors of Maine. The blue of the summer and winter skies, the green of the deep woods and the riot of colors of flower beds […]

Connection with the land

Farm Knowledge by Abbie Read

What does dirt have to do with paint?? What do farms have to do with art?? Everything!! Not everyone who tills the soil can swing an artist’s paint brush, not everyone who creates detailed drawings can grow arugula. Maine Farmland Trust brings them together. Anna Abaldo, gallery curator at the Maine Farmland Trust gallery on […]

Return to paradise

Return to Paradise9

I had already visited Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens this year to view the tulips, but now I wanted to share that experience with my husband. He has a new found appreciation for flowers, so off we went! The lily pond was in full bloom, reflection from the trees made for a most beautiful scene. Shaded […]

Local Color: Salmon Pink

Soft completion by Karen Olson

Peonies and water lilies Debbie and I were excited to get on road  Friday evening to the St. George Peninsula event of the season, the first opening at Mars Hall Gallery. But wait! The light was just right for flower portraits. My friend’s garden has some wonderful and unusual flower specimens I just couldn’t pass […]

Lynn Karlin, Journey to fine art photography

'Reliance' Peaches by Lynn Karlin

I am hard pressed to write about my interview with Lynn. So moved by her work, accomplishments, style, I feel her story of 40 years as a photographer would be better as a book. Lynn approaches life with determination and  flexibility. Her manner: attentive and bright. Lynn Karlin graduated from Pratt University in Brooklyn. Quickly […]