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Have you ever considered growing currants? I never did, until a few years ago, by chance, I came upon a small currant shrub at my local nursery. Along with varieties of raspberries, I decided to
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Summer…it’s here! And with it brings good growing, fresh garden to table eats, and late into the evening campfire gatherings. Life’s lived outdoors, and what living we do indoors now is scaled way back. Summer’s a
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When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer of WFSB’s Better Connecticut, asked me about pruning a hydrangea shrub for an upcoming segment, little did I realize that once our sharp pruners were out, there was no
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Dear friends! Our Spring/Summer Nora Murphy Country House Garden Issue is here! Inspired by my crazy passion for flowers I’ll take you for a tour around my country house to introduce you to my favorite
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So what’s a Trillium you may ask?  Known for their delicate beauty, trilliums are woodland plants prized by both gardeners and nature lovers—in part because even in the wild it takes four to seven years(!)
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What an exciting week! My upcoming book, Nora Murphy Country House Style – Making Your Home A Country House, published by Vendome Press, and to be released in September, debuted on Amazon as the #1
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Inspired by weathered wood, baskets, concrete planters, clay pots, galvanized and painted wood buckets all have a couple things in common: They make great containers for planting and cut flowers, and their tints of grey
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All seasons, my style and decorating starts at my doors. Better Connecticut’s Scot Haney stopped by Connecticut Country House to ‘talk fall door decor’ and help me put the finishing touches on both of my
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My very favorite hostess gift is a big or small cut mixed bouquet of flowers, herbs, and greens from my perennial gardens.  Depending on the season, and the host’s or hostess’s personality, and of course, what’s
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Petunias are my perennial favorite. This sweet and simple annual is a must-have at Connecticut Country House. I love their delicate flowers and bold, brilliant colors. They’re pretty when tiny and potted up individually, as
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It never fails. Every time I’m on Nantucket, it’s the window boxes that always grab my attention. I love the mix of colors, textures, and types of plants all mixed together in combinations that I
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Summer Anniversary Issue Is Here (Again!)


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I started the Nora Murphy Country House emagazine for 1 simple reason…my “blog shoes” were too tight. I loved my little blog, Connecticut Country House, but in the state it was in, it was limiting
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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut joined me in the garden at Connecticut Country House for some spring cleaning. I explained the importance of cleaning your garden beds in the spring; trying to remove as
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The Colors Of Spring At Connecticut Country House


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Gardens are living things, constantly changing and growing. I see my gardens as part of my home, and I treat them that way. I know in my heart, that if I give my best to
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I want to let you in on a secret. One of my favorite things to do in May is to poke around and shop some of the local garden club plant sales. Usually held around
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One of my best gardening tips is to plant on a cloudy day (and if the forecast calls for rain later or the following day, all the better!). This also goes for trimming shrubs. As
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One of my favorite shrubs is the Forsythia. So very easy to grow. Every year I like to add to a few shrubs to our bright yellow forsythia bank. (Building on what I already have
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Springtime tulips and hyacinths are a natural go-to for Easter decorating and gift giving. By simply taking market or nursery purchased plants, removing them from the confines of their plastic, foil shrouded pots and placing
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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came by Connecticut Country House and we had a great time hanging out in the kitchen creating two types of nature inspired floral spring baskets. Rustic grapevine baskets from
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Winter is a bit tough on this gardener, so I try and do as much as I can, as early as I can. As WFSB-3’s Better Living Lifestyle contributor, I spent a great afternoon in
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One of the ways that I satisfy my craving for spring, is by forcing arching branches of forsythia to bloom indoors. At Connecticut Country House, towards the end of February, is when I venture outside
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Though the ground was blanketed with a thick layer of snow, it didn’t stop Scot Haney of WFSB 3’s Better Connecticut from stopping by Connecticut Country House. As their Better Living lifestyle contributor, I shared
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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
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