November 30, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Come on in and see us in our December home in Bristol village next to Almost Home Market on North Street.

Every Saturday in December we host an Open House with Almost Home, with a special Wine Tasting on Saturday, December 12th from 2-5pm to sample bubbly and sparkling Holiday Wines!

Our Christmas Shanty is filled with a wide selection of beautiful hand-made ornaments from Europe and a selection of hand-blown glass ornaments from John Chiles Glass in Cornwall, VT.

We have fresh wreaths and garlands of balsam, pine and a mix of cedar-pine-fraser in several sizes.  We also have numerous loose greens for arrangements including black spruce tips, berried juniper, incense cedar, and silver fir.  Also available- boxwood tree arrangements and boxwood kissing balls, amaryllis and paperwhites.

We can help you with any custom work and we’re happy to ship these Vermont wreaths for you.

We hope you have the time to stop in and enjoy this brief festive time, gather ’round the fire and share in some Holiday Cheer.

Please enjoy the sounds of A French Christmas- Andre Claveau singing “Noel Sans Vous”

Rocky Dale has set up its Christmas Shanty next to Almost Home Market in Bristol Village.  This is a tradition in the making- marking our 5th season with the Christmas Shanty this year.  We decided to spruce it up with a new paint job.


Kathy touches up our paint job- her theme for the Shanty this year- “Shantasia”.


We have great Amaryllis that we’ve started forcing in eco-friendly rice pots.  They’ll be available for purchase inside Almost Home Market.

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We create a number of floral pieces from small boxwood trees, to an assortment of greens and berries arrangements.  We use a number of greens from our own garden.

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Each wreath is unique.  We start with a fresh wreath assembled from balsam, pine, fraser fir, and/or cedar from the Northeast Kingdom.  We then add Rocky Dale greens and an assortment of other decorations.

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Inside the Shanty, we have beautiful and unique European hand-made glass ornaments, as well as items from our store including Felco Pruners, hand tools, and garden ornaments.
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Even it you can’t make it to the Shanty- we’re happy to help you share in the festivities.  Let us know if you’d like us to ship something to you.

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If you need something special made up- let us know in advance.

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Every night we have a fire going and all the ingredients for s’mores.  It’s a festive time and even though it’s cold outside- we’re warm on the inside!  Hope to see you in town!

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November 13, 2009

Gingko Bench

Many people think that November is the dreariest month.  The sun has been out a lot so far this November, and the temperatures have been very pleasant!  That aside, I usually enjoy November, what is commonly called “stick season” in Vermont- the period after the leaves have fallen, before the snow comes.

Cart in Path

The shadows become long, you can see into the woods, and the light has a quality that is hard to capture in a photograph.  For us it’s a time to put things away- clean out the barn, shut off the water, drain the lines, cut back the gardens, and on and on…it’s a busy time!


It’s also a pensive time- and it’s possible this is my favorite time in the garden.  The leaves cling to the beeches and oaks, the conifers stand out brilliantly, and berries emerge as the flowers of winter.  Because the nursery closes the end of October- it’s also a quiet time and I get to enjoy this beautiful place where I live.

Ilex verticillata 'Sprite'

Fagus sylvatica 'Aspenifolia'

Picea mariana 'Aureovariegata'

Persimmon fruit (Diospyros virginiana 'Meader')

Pinus sylvestris 'Gold Coin'

Larch in fall

RDG entrance

Stewartia rostrata

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Girl'

Sedum 'Purple Emperor'

Fothergilla gardenii

Golden weeping Larch

Cotoneaster apiculatas

Carpinus or Fagus- we're not sure...

Empty Benches

Stacked Pots

Big Pots


Bench Pile

Blocking inventory

A big “Thank You” to all of you for stopping in this year, we really enjoy working with you and are always happy to share our passion for plants and gardening.

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Hats off to you!!

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