Summer wedding at Beech Hill Barn

Beech Hill Barn is one of the nicest barn venues in Maine. Located in Pittston, Maine, the farm has horses and the owners, Priscilla and Jay live on site.

Priscilla and Jay both have an attention to detail. She mentioned to me that she researched barn venues for a year in order to create the ideal venue. I was particularly impressed with the outdoor space. There were designated areas for cocktail hour and a place to  enjoy cocktails while playing yard games.

I also noticed the careful consideration that went into her vendors' needs. There was an area tucked away for caterers that even had an outdoor sink-- something I haven't seen in my years of wedding set ups.  This wedding was catered by one of the premier caterers in Maine- Blue Elephant. They, too, are known for their impeccable attention to detail.

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Beech Hill Barn also offers a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony- with a stationary arbor and white wooden benches. The walk down to the site is beautiful. The path meanders through fields of Lupines- we were lucky enough to catch the tail end of the season. 

Flowers: Pretty Flowers | Venue: Beech Hill Barn | Photography: Ashley Scott Photography | Catering: Blue Elephant

Overwintering Dahlias

Growing Dahlias takes a little time and patience but the reward is well worth it. Below are some Dahlias we overwintered last year for a client in South Bristol, Maine.

A Naturalized Garden in West Bath

I love this garden. We have the pleasure of maintaining this beautiful property in West Bath which was designed by Ann Kearsley of Portland, Maine and installed by Gardenform of Lunenburg, Massachusetts

With chunky pieces of granite blocks and curbing, you can't help but look down when you walk. 

With chunky pieces of granite blocks and curbing, you can't help but look down when you walk. 

A naturalized garden utilizes native plants which are low maintenance and adapt well to soil and water conditions in the area. These types of gardens also help the ecology and eliminate the need for pesticides. 

Hayscented fern and Blueberry sod. 

Hayscented fern and Blueberry sod. 

We visit this property once a week to do selective weeding and watering. The new plantings need special attention until they've established strong enough roots. 

A New Headshot

We wanted to freshen up the website, so we called up the immensely talented, Jamie Mercurio- who, also happens to live close by in the town of Bath, Maine. If you're not familiar with Jamie, you should be. Not only is she incredibly talented behind the camera, she's also hilarious.

Working in a home studio isn't necessarily always glamorous, but it is convenient and a comfortable to place to create (with a dog always by your side).

Photo credit: Jamie Mercurio

Photo credit: Jamie Mercurio

Photo credit: Jamie Mercurio

Photo credit: Jamie Mercurio

Flowers provided by: East of Eden Flower Farm & New England Flower Exchange | Photography: Jamie Mercurio Photography | Home based studio: Brunswick, Maine

Container Gardens at Wild Oats

I look forward to creating and installing summer planters every spring. We try to shop locally as much as we can. One of our favorite suppliers is Longfellow's Nursery in Manchester, Maine. Almost all of the annuals came from there- with the exception of a truckload of herbs grown by Chaz and Linda Gill from Kennebec Flower Farm

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Hunting for product can be a lot of fun, but almost always requires multiple stops. Some nurseries are known for more unusual annuals, others are known for having larger quantities of the staples.  

The most important component of successful pots (besides healthy plants and plenty of fertilizer) is the soil. We only use Coast of Maine and we try to always get it from Brooks Feed & Farm in town. 

Annuals: Longfellow's Greenhouses | Herbs: Kennebec Flower Farm | Soil & Fertilizer: Brooks Feed & Farm | Best Lunch Spot: Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe, Brunswick, Maine

Wisteria and Sage

Kirsten and Matt's ceremony and reception was held at The Barn at Silver Oaks Estate in Winthrop, Maine on a hot July evening. 

Kirsten's bouquet was a palette of pastel colored flowers: Cafe au Lait Dahlias, 'Caramel Antike' garden roses, locally grown Sweetpeas, Ranunculus and purple succulents.

Kirsten's bouquet was a palette of pastel colored flowers: Cafe au Lait Dahlias, 'Caramel Antike' garden roses, locally grown Sweetpeas, Ranunculus and purple succulents.

The Beauty is in the Details

Amy and Keith's Wedding was one of our favorites, with its' vibrant jewel tones set perfectly against the misty and damp October day at a private residence in Auburn. Many thanks to Emily Elizabeth Events and Jamie Mercurio for creating and capturing the beauty of this special day. 

Photo credit: Jamie Mercurio Photography

Photo credit: Jamie Mercurio Photography

Floral arrangements: Pretty Flowers | Maine | Event Design: Emily Elizabeth Events | Photography: Jamie Mercurio Photography

First Lawn Mowing of the Year

The smell is a favorite. The final look is pleasing in its neatness; rich green setting off the soft yellows of daffodils and vibrant blue of grape hyacinths. 

A view of my backyard

A view of my backyard

Please don't misunderstand, I am not much an advocate for the perfect expanse of greenness without a dandelion in sight. I always encourage ground covers to my landscape clients. Although not instant, which many insist on nowadays, ground covers are much more interesting , less time sapping and are often a great way to add even more flowers, color and texture to your yard. 

I love the versatility of Walstenia, with the happy, bright yellow flowers in spring; sedums work well in tough spots and add texture and even vinca, although overused, has lovely blue flowers which draw your eye to shady areas. 

I will continue to enjoy that first mowing of spring but will continue to shrink my lawn to other plant material over time. 

A bouquet worthy of Cirque du Soleil

What do you do with an old, dirty juggling baton when a couple of crazy circus performers ask if there is any way to incorporate it into the Bride's wedding bouquet?

Never one to shy away from a challenge, I looked at this funny shaped thing for a while. I needed to figure out how its size and shape could work with the pretty flowers of Cheryl's bouquet.

After a thorough cleaning and with the assistance of my trusty "tool guy" we cut up the baton, removed the skinny handle, cut it in half and drilled holes on either side. I sandwiched the stems of Cheryl's bouquet between the baton and laced it back together with lovely ribbon and...voila!

Photo credit: Revolution Summer Photography

Photo credit: Revolution Summer Photography

Photo credit: Revolution Summer Photography

Photo credit: Revolution Summer Photography

Flowers: Pretty Flowers | Tool Guy : Maloney Marine Rigging | Photography: Revolution Summer Photography | Venue: Circus Maine