“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James I hope the new summer issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style will help you get into Mr. James’ frame of mind…enjoy! www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Happy summer! Love, Nora

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The time has come. Plants that have wintered indoors and are now in summer residence outdoors (on the other side of their  window) need a little sprucing up. All the potted topiaries got snipped. Easy enough, just follow the shape and with a pair of clippers or sharp scissors – snip! You can’t snip off…

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The very best things I remember about my dad were the littlest things. My parents came to America during the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Like so many refugees, they arrived with one small (carry-on size) suitcase. Before the ripe age of 30, they found themselves reinventing their life together. And so the little things began. Over…

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If you’re looking for a very special gift to make for a bride-to-be…something she’ll cherish forever…this is it. My God daughter Aileen’s bridal shower is featured in the current spring issue of my e-mag (https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/spring-2014/country-house-wedding). As the shower was winding down, one gift (and probably the most personal) was saved for last – a homemade…

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I was counting the flower buds on my Peonies…43 and counting! (Yippee!) The Lady’s Mantle beds, right outside the kitchen door, are growing fuller, taller, and more chartreuse by the day, while the wild roses have re-seeded themselves in droves behind the house. It’s June, so that means it’s “showtime” in my  cutting gardens! It’s…

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Just got back with a beautiful batch of organic tomato plants (their names and descriptions were so intriguing, I had a tough time walking away without buying one of everything). Murph added our home-aged compost we call ‘Black Gold’ to the soil, and tilled to incorporate it well. We pulled lines for each row, leaving…

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