Friday, August 27, 2010

"Aaah, September. You begin to sniff a change in the air, see a variation in the quality of the light, and though much of the garden is still going strong, there is an imperceptible winding down and phasing out. This subtle waning reminds me of the frenzied Fall planting that will soon take place. The last thing wanted is to inadvertently unearth some sturdy grower now approaching dormancy but invaluable to the entire garden picture come Tour Day, so never has my perennial labeling been more meticulous. Knowing that the plants will all soon disappear, I get seriously down on all fours and check everything for a label, and wouldn't you know--there are at least twenty plants unmarked! No longer! They now all have their cozy metal markers sunk into the earth as close to their main growing stem as could be placed."

Excerpted from DIRT, The Lowdown on Growing a Garden with Style, by Dianne Benson (pg.149-150).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fashion's Night Out Official Collection


You don’t have to wait until September 10th!

Dianne is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, so here is your unique opportunity to buy your
Fashion’s Night Out tee-shirt without even going out:
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Comment section what you want:

Skinny ribbed cotton tank top S M L XL $20

Great heather grey smooth cotton long sleeve tunic S M L XL $30

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This is the OFFICIAL COLLECTION Fashion’s Night Out — Sept. 10 2010 NYC

Get it from The Best at Dianne B as of today until supplies last (which won’t be very long).
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Certainly, there is no other Garden Great web site that offers you the most coveted tee shirt in town. One more permutation of what Gardening with Style really means…

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Passion Flowers in bloom...

And, the fabulous white Passion Flower is the 'White Queen.'
Photo by Skye Marigold.

Passion Flowers in bloom...

This beautiful red Passion Flower is 'Lady Margaret'.

Passion Flowers in bloom...

On this day of days - every Passion Vine is flowering...this is the intensely frilly one 'Blue Eyed Susan'.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dianne joins the H. Potter Knowledge blog as a monthly author...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Don't miss the St. Luke's Lawn Fair on Saturday, August 7th!

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual lawn fair on the grounds of its beautiful historic stone church on Saturday, August 7th beginning at 10 a.m. Experience a local tradition that harkens back to another era: homemade gift items, freshly baked goods, hand-decorated ladies hats, flowers and plants, books, as well as items from the famous “Barn Bargains” rummage sale. Music will be provided by East End Brass. And there’s a sit-down luncheon at the “Side Lawn CafĂ©” from 11am to 2pm, as well as clams on the half shell, chowder, and beer on tap.

Kids will love the traditional games, rides and petting zoo – not to mention flavored ices, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cotton candy.

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