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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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Fall Letter from Craig

Hello Garden Friends, Boy, the Fall season just blew by this year!  We have been super busy in the gardens and in the design studio.  Much bulb planting and closings have been finishing up these past weeks.  And with the El Niño weather sure showing us to not anticipate winter too soon… it’s been so hard […]

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Summer Letter from Craig

Dear Gardening Friends, This summer has been anything BUT hot and humid and all of our garden families, flora and fauna, are loving it! In fact just last week we had a run of hot temperatures and no rain and the “Jurassic” growth from spring on so many leafy plants just couldn’t believe their leaves! […]

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Spring Letter from Craig

Dear Fellow Gardeners, The time has finally come to announce the end of winter, thank God! Surviving another very cold, heavily snowy season, our garden plants continually amaze me as they stoically withstand whatever is thrown at them.  We, along with a selection of other migratory species, have the ability to ” breakup” the winter […]

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Winter Letter from Craig – 2014

Let’s take us back to last December.  The anticipation of a bleak winter forecast was actually superseded by the reality of a historic bone-chilling end to the 2013 calendar year.  We were given a pass this early winter with a tease of a repeat, and then, the Californian rains, so needed and still not enough […]

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Autumn Letter from Craig

Dear Friends, The magic of Autumn abounds. Another year, again going too fast to enjoy all the nuances of beauty our gardens provide. Undaunted beauty is everywhere as the scale of the color spectrum reachs stories high with the blaze of maples, gingko and sweet gums. Texture and tumble of a year’s growth is as blatant […]

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