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Craig’s Spring Letter

The word ‘vernal’ seems to encapsulate my feelings of late.  Definitions include “appearing or occurring in spring”, from the 16th century ‘ver’, meaning spring, and “describing something youthful or fresh”.  The light, the temperature variations in a day, the bird activity with high-spirited songs each morning: All are exuberantly telling us times are changing. The […]

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Winter Letter from Craig

“The Art of Fine Gardening” During this dormant time of reflection, I have been contemplating what The Art of Fine Gardening really represents in today’s growing world.  The phrase has been the mantra of our company since our inception in 1981, but in this tireless era of societal rush, I find it to be the […]

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Fall Letter from Craig

  Autumn Greetings! Being a Fall born baby, I have a real fondness for the spectacle Mother Nature shares with us this time of year.  The prairie and oak savannas are ablaze with composites of all shapes, sizes, and colors.  The rust, claret, and cerise tinge in the canopies overhead enforces the power and beauty […]

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Summer Letter from Craig

  Dear Garden Appreciative Friends,   The summer season is upon us.  The weather already another quandary, with our August rains coming in July, but at least the brutal heat and humidity have been phasing in and out so far.  In the Garden things seem to be growing well as long as there is proper […]

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Spring Letter from Craig

  Dear Fellow Lovers of Spring, Well, we’ve waited a long time for it, But Spring has finally arrived in the garden! For the last three weeks or so, I have been conscious of the longer days and every plant outside seems to as well.  This winter, being so mild, never really browned our lawns, […]

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Winter, Almost Spring, Letter from Craig

Hello folks. I’ve been remiss in sending out my winter greetings to you and I apologize for that.  This late fall and early winter has been a whirlwind for me personally with selling our old place in Michigan, health issues with the family, and on and on…. Interesting when the season closes, all of a […]

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Fall Letter from Craig

I feel the chill of autumn in the morning and early evening air now. Amazingly, though it is the case every year, the color intensity in the garden is like an explosion. The palest pinks and yellows become saturated and brilliant. The reds, purples and oranges become the stars of the borders – our very […]

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Summer Letter from Craig

  Have you ever seen a more spectacular start to summer? A friend of mine said recently that with all the consistent moisture of this spring, we have entered into a phase of “Jurassic Gardens.” The luxuriant growth of deciduous woody and herbaceous plantings here in our garden amazes us. This week, we are eagerly […]

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Spring Letter from Craig

Dear Friends, I write this letter to you shortly after the vernal equinox, a day when many in human history have looked to the power of the sun for guidance. Since the time change, it has been so nice to see the sun in the late afternoons instead of the gloom of long nights. I have always […]

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Winter Letter from Craig

Dear Garden Friends, The holiday hub bub is in full gear here at CBLD.  The recent foot of snow we received stalled much holiday lighting plans until the first week of December, a cold start to winter decorating.  Our recent finishing up with the new landscape work, outside and in, at the Deerpath Inn here […]

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