Archive for June, 2015

When I see a gorgeous flowering plant, I can’t resist taking her home with me. A couple of my faves that are sporting glorious blooms right now are the delphiniums and foxgloves. I always look
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“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days — three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” ~John Keats Just a
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Summer’s here. The 4th..almost. It’s time to get our red, white, and blue on! Happy Sunday! Love, Nora

In the Connecticut Country House gardens, I rely on a wide variety of support systems to keep my plants at their best. Whether in the form of simple stick teepees, bamboo stakes, painted trellises, rustic
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Haricot Vert is French for green bean, and I just can’t get enough of them! They’re a more slender green bean than its American counterpart, and in my opinion more flavorful. My favorite way to
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She’s in full bloom, my beautiful Eden. We’ve been together for a long time now, ever since I first planted her at our former home. When we moved to Connecticut Country House, it was only
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It’s official! The season of summer and the summer issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style are here! We’ve kicked off the season with an out of doors state of mind – and can’t wait
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Last Tuesday was an emotional day for the Murphy’s. Tuesday marked another milestone for our family – Conor’s high school graduation. Murph and I tried to hold it together, but a milestone like this one flooded
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Tending the gardens at Connecticut Country House, that’s what we do. And I guess you could call it a labor of love. On one hand, that labor of love comes from our commitment to be
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This is one of those posts, where I would love you to just take a minute, sit back, and enjoy the show! (P.S. If you do grow peonies, remember to deadhead them to encourage more
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Flowers are bursting and blooming all around Connecticut Country House! So may as well go with the flow…Pompadore English Wedgewood anyone? Even when setting the table, let’s just let the floral frenzy flow! Love, Nora

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches trust.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll Plant a Rosa Rugosa. They’re very hardy (Rugosas are the
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This is no ordinary straw hat. You see this wonderful old hat is right on par with any one of my hardworking aprons. When I put it on, it means getting down to business in
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It’s pretty amazing that even before I get my whole kitchen garden planted, the multiple clumps of fresh green chives are in full bloom and ready for their first harvest! So what to do with
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The rhodis (rhododendrons) at Connecticut Country House are on their final burst of the Spring 2015 season – and I think this year they’re definitely bigger and better than ever! (I probably say that every
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“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.” – Beverly Nichols Take time to smell the peonies…Love, Nora

Whether you’re walking around inside or outside at Connecticut Country House, you’ll see one consistent thing – big old seashells parked by nearly every door. Practically they serve a much needed purpose on a breezy
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A simple way to freshen any sightline is to fill an antique basket with potted annuals or perennials. Here in the parlor, I stuffed my old whitewashed basket with potted Lavendar that I had just
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I always keep extra packages of frozen puff pastry in the freezer – it’s a staple in my kitchen. So when I’m expecting a couple of friends and I’m in a time crunch (which is
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For the past year now, I’ve been envisioning the interiors of my Connecticut Country House painted out white. Don’t get me wrong, I love my earthy paint palette that’s throughout the house, but for some
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A beautiful shrub grows in our gardens down by the old stonewall at Connecticut Country House – and has gone nameless until now. Meet Fuzzy Deutzia (pronounced Doot-zee-uh). She’s quite the survivor. A few years
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“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” – Al Bernstein   Please be sure to download your free June calendar for your desktop! http://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/winter-2015/calendar/   Enjoy! Love, Nora