Spring Pruning 101

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 stopping us! Being the great sport that he is, Scot Haney (co-host of Better Connecticut) joined me at Connecticut Country…

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The Garden Issue Is Here!

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 garden plants and share my best gardening tips. Then, we’ll sail to the island of Nantucket, where I hope to…

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Summer Anniversary Issue Is Here (Again!)

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 in telling and showing my stories. So I had a vision of what I wanted it to be. Something really…

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My Little Secret Garden(s)

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 Mother’s Day, they’re a wonderful opportunity to chat with fellow gardeners, pick up tips and techniques, and to learn about…

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Cloudy Days Are Best

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 plantings really start to take off and the season progresses, Murph will be out there buzzing away with his hedge…

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May (Technicolor) Dreams Come True

I LOVE May in Connecticut! Everything looks like a Technicolor dream. Grass is a lush, vivid green. Emerging leaves on the trees are vibrant chartreuse. French lilacs just beginning to bloom are the deepest of darkest purples. Even the sun yellow fluffy manes of the dandelions in the yard are a wonderful sight for winter…

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Nature’s Easter Baskets

Not just for Easter, but also for the entire spring season, these wild vine baskets echo the beautiful woodlands that surround Connecticut Country House, and do a wonderful job of setting the tone for my nature inspired table. Purchased at Terrain, they’re the perfect foundation for creating the “bringing the outdoors in” vibe that I…

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West Side Story

From early spring into late fall, we crave spending time outdoors. The patios at Connecticut Country House serve as natural extensions of the interior spaces. My approach to arranging these areas is just like how I design my rooms. I consider the scale of the space, height, windows, walls, form, function, texture and color. Sounds…

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Summer Loves

Summer has started and I’m one happy camper! There’s so much to love during this fabulous time of year. Here are my Top 10 summer loves: Gardening Picnics in the backyard or on the beach that last long into the balmy night. A perfect fresh tomato picked at the peak of ripeness, destined for a…

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The WOW Factor

I posted these yellow peonies on my Nora Murphy Country House Facebook page and everyone has had the very same comment: “I have never seen a yellow peony!!!” Neither had I! So the story goes . . . . One fall day I was poking around my local Agway and happened upon a bunch of…

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A Scentsational Walkway

My first Snowball Viburnum came from a local Mother’s Day fundraising plant sale. I liked the idea of having something fragrant growing by the stone walkway that led to the main entrance of our house, and with the promise of branches dotted with baby powder scented, snowball-like blooms that would last into the summer, I…

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Bridal Veil Spirea

One of my favorite flowering shrubs that are in bloom at Connecticut Country House, is a Bridal Veil Spirea. Also commonly known as Bridal Wreath Spirea, its graceful, arching branches are covered with a profusion of tiny, snowy, rose-like blossoms. I just love how wild and billowy it looks in the garden right now! After…

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