Whether getting the gardens ready for spring or prepping for the holidays, now is the time to get planting for gorgeous blooms!

I had a great time in the WFSB 3 Connecticut studio, with the hosts of Better Connecticut, Kara Sundlun and Mark Zinni. (They are just lovely!) As their new contributor for ‘Better Living’ I very much enjoyed sharing how simple it is to plant fabulous bulbs for decorating inside, as well as for planting in the garden now for a burst of springtime pretty later.

In keeping with the fresh new palette of Connecticut Country House, my on-line order from Van Engelen, Inc. (Bantam, Connecticut) consisted of bulbs that will produce all white, elegant blooms.

This is what I featured on the segment:

Amaryllis ‘Alfresco’ which promises to have fluffy, puffy white flowers with a sweet chartreuse green-green eye. As well as Amaryllis ‘Snow White’ which had phenomenal, frilly white blooms that looked great in the Summer Room alongside my shell and coral collection last year!

Paperwhite ‘Ziva’ will yield snow-white fragrant blooms on 15″-17″ stems.

Narcissus ‘Jamestown’ is a white daffodil with a soft yellow center that will be a nice addition to the traditional all yellow variety.

Tulip ‘Mount Tacoma’ will be a stunner in the garden as well as a cut flower come springtime. White peony-like flowers with chartreuse-green markings are stunning and fragrant.

Order now for yourself and enough for gift giving!

Happy planting!

Love, Nora









  1. Kim Carman on October 29, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Nora you were such a natural it was like you have been doing this for a long time! You have exceeded my expections with your magazine it is so beautiful and inspiring! Keep up the good work you so deserve it! You are such a wonderful decorator with a beautiful vision and a big heart! Your magazine inspires me through out the seasons when I need some inspiration I go to your online magazine. I will always rely on Nora Murphy Country House to give me beautiful decorating ideas!

    • Nora on November 1, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Hi Kim! Thank you so very much! I’m so happy to hear that what I’m doing is helpful and inspirational! Thank you Kim for your wonderful support!
      Hope all is well with you and your beautiful family…Love, Nora xo

  2. Allison on October 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Nora may I please inquire to were you purchased the cement basket pots? I love them! I see you have used them in many different location in the home.

  3. Michelle Dodd on October 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    You mentioned a local master potter on the show…please list him. I didn’t quite get it…tx

    • Nora on November 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Hi Michelle! The master potter is Guy Wolff in Bantam CT. You can go on his site and get more info on him! He and his work are terrific! Thanks! Love, Nora

  4. Shirley Graham on November 2, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Cannot find your magazine – can you tell me where it is on sale? Love your pictures.

    • Nora on November 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Shirley! Nora Murphy Country House Style is my on-line magazine, and at this time is only available for viewing on-line. I’m really happy you love our images! Thank you!
      Love, Nora

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