Pollinator Power

For The Love Of Spring. Pollinator Power.

For the love of  Spring. Let’s all be eco-conscious and wait to clean up our gardens until after temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. Many bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are currently overwintering in the dead leaves and hollowed out stems of last year’s plants. Please leave the leaves! If you clean out your gardens now you will be destroying habitat to this year’s bounty of beneficial beauties and critical creatures that make countless contributions to our everyday world. Allow pollinators to wake on their own carefully calculated timeline. This small act of mindfulness will help them to survive and thrive.

Nourish & Nosh

The change of seasons can easily throw us off-balance in body, mind and spirit. Fortunately, we can rely on ‘food as medicine’ to help this transition be one of ease, health and wellness. While Wintriness lingers in our neck of the woods, as Nature moves in long strides, enjoy these Rescue Remedy Recipes to avoid a cold, fortify the body, lift the spirits and warm the soul. Nourish & Nosh!

Carrot Ginger Soup is a sweet and sunny, satisfying bowl of supercharged nutrition, while Matcha Rose Latte is pretty in Pink and Green to help you harness fresh, brighter, blossoming energy, open the heart chakra, and restore an overall sense of well-being. Plus perfect pairing of complementary colors for the Spring holiday brunch. Celebrate the season with sustenance in style!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 cup of organic almond milk
  • 1 tsp of organic rose petals
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Instructions

  1. Heat the almond milk and rose petals in a pan on low heat until warm, then stir in the honey and heat for another minute.
  2. Turn off the heat. Add the mixture and the matcha to a blender that can tolerate hot liquid, and blend for 30 seconds.  You can also use a hand blender in the pan until the mixture is blended and foamy.

 Moon Juice recently added a ‘magical’ matcha to its Moon Dusts line. An energizing and beautifying Green Tea Skin Food with Tocos and Silver Ear Mushroom to nourish skin, edible Hyluronic Acid to increase moisture levels, and adaptogens like Amla, Schisandra and Ashwagandha to target the effects of stress, and expand your beauty, luster and glow. Moon Juice is a holistic lifestyle resource for plant-sourced alchemy, beauty tools and next level natural remedies for daily nourishment to elevate body, beauty and consciousness.

Carrots -loaded with carotene, provide a powerful nutritional punch, enhanced with the cleansing abilities of freshly grated ginger and a dash of probiotic miso and garlic, gives this soup that hint of heat, deep flavor and healing. One of the most delicious culinary combinations, the roots of carrot and ginger combine to create a savory synergy. It’s just what the doctor ordered to ease one out of a Winter funk, support the immune system, and transition into Spring.

Ingredients

  • 1 organic onion
  • 1 lb. organic carrots
  • 1-inch piece ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 quart water plus 1 Tbsp light miso
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh herbs for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds for garnish

Directions

  • Peel and coarsely dice onion. Peel & slice carrots. Peel & slice ginger (scrape skin off ginger with the dull back-side of a paring knife). Peel & chop garlic.
  • Warm olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add onion, carrots and ginger. Sauté over medium heat until starting to soften. Add garlic, and continue to cook for a minute longer. Add cayenne, water and miso, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Next simmer and cook, covered for 15 minutes. Taste, and add salt and pepper as desired. Continue to cook another 10 minutes, until soft.
  • Puree in the blender until smooth. Adjust seasonings and add more water if too thick. Stir in lemon juice.
  • For some crunch, garnish bowls of soup with pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Makes 6 servings -about one cup each. Bon Appétit! Be Well!

Falling Forward

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Fall Into Winterland Worthy Wish List. When it comes to dressing the part for New England weather and preparing for the upcoming season, as the first snowflakes begin to fall, there’s some element of advance planning that’s required. Fall into Winter in style with these wonderful wish list worthy wares. This minimalist guide will ensure you are 100% ready with realistic, really enjoyable trends to try out. The infusion of traditionally tried-and-true, tasteful textures, cushy comfort, plus beautiful and beneficial Winter-strength protection, is something to take pleasure in.

The Old Farmer’s AlmanacAmerica’s oldest continuously published periodical! Always timely, topical, and distinctively useful, with a pleasant degree of humor, the Almanac has been beloved for centuries by people from all walks of life. As the nation’s iconic calendar, each year’s edition will mark the days, months, and seasons; preview astronomical events; and cover a range of related topics: weather forecasts, cultural and culinary trends, gardening, anniversaries, recipes, home remedies, pets, folklore, amusement, contests and more, all in the inimitable way it has done since 1792.

Easily pull together your seasonal look with a blazer.Slim and tailored, J.Crew’s newest blazer is made with wrinkle-resistant wool from a family-owned mill in Italy. Brilliant with a white shirt and jeans, dressed up or down, an eye-catching Fall layering piece and wardrobe essential. The cult of J.Crew once known for its preppy Nantucket ancestry has become a force in fashion, with its blossoming boy-girl style-androgyny with a dash of sequins and nerdy glasses. Accessorize with these Caramel leather gloves lined in cashmere and tipped with touchscreen technology -because texting a friend to meet up for cocoa shouldn’t involve frostbite.  J.Crew always gets on trend casually chic right.

Keep warm dry and stylishly seasonal with these rural landscape classic wares. Best-in-class Bar Harbor Boots from L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes and gear designed for getting out there, with cutting-edge technology for staying safe and warm. Whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. Complete the theme with an equal parts rugged and refined unisex Bleecker Backpack from Coach. The traditional American company considered a global leader in luxury handbags, that continues to innovate each season, while also retaining their coveted vintage styles. Every Winter, Coach Bags and Bean Boots top many a New Englander’s Christmas wish list.

Ultra-versatile Autumn-hued his and hers Patagonia picks, the Radalie Parka and Nano Puff Jacket with recycled Thermogreen insulation, will keep you warm in sustainable style whether you’re headed up a mountain or caught in a sudden storm. Driven by a love of wild, beautiful places and design that favors simplicity and utility, Patagonia has grown from its roots in alpine climbing to delivering a wide range of athletic performance gear while minimizing its environmental impact. Founder Yvon Chouinard’s environmental philosophy expresses deep concerns about the planet’s health in the face of climate change with his philosophy for responsible business: Do Good. Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire, and challenge the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis.

When the days turn cold and wet Dr. Hauschka’s Spruce Warming Bath Essence is an invaluable aid. Resinous Norway Spruce essential oil has a calming effect and lets you breathe freely while jojoba moisturizes your skin. It also supports your circulation and offers intensive, long-lasting warmth for your body, both inside and out. A blissfully beneficial bathing product from Dr. Hauschka. Tip: Add a few drops to a small bowl of water to bring a fresh, deep forest scent to any room. Another seasonal favorite from the iconic brand is Hauschka’s Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil. A hard-working healing hands remedy that features hydrating flower and seed oils to soften and support. Hauschka’s holistic skincare line since 1967, has focused on preparing botanical extracts based on rhythmical exposure to elemental polarities and homeopathic principles, to activate the skin’s natural healing process to achieve balance.

A blend of glossy, Green and Golden leaves makes this fresh, hand-crafted Magnolia Wreath a stylish selection for Fall into Winter decorating. From Terrain, a Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite and renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with a fresh approach to living with nature. An approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces. Fresh and rustic door decor epitomizes New England farmhouse style & charm.

Just Breathe

Our Neck Of The Woods Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

Let the golden scent of Fall fill your senses and home with this warm, earthy and aromatic body mind spirit diffuser blend. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands -also offering a nice selection of high-quality diffusers specifically engineered to maintain the therapeutic properties of the oils, recommended by Wonder. Wisdom. Words. when creating your blends and diffusing:  dōTERRAEdens Garden, Floracopeia, Living Libations & Rocky Mountain Oils. Just Breathe!

American Home

A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House By Gil Schafer III (Author) & Eric Piasecki (Photographer), Published By Rizzoli, 2018.

For award-winning New York-based architect Gil Schafer, the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate the small moments of life, houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and anchored in a distinct sense of place. Essentially, Schafer believes a house is truly successful when the people who live there consider it home. It’s this belief, and Schafer’s rare ability to translate his clients’ deeply personal visions of how they want to live into a physical home that reflects those dreams, that has established him as one of the most sought-after, highly-regarded architects of our time. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. has long-time admired Schafer’s comfortable, gracious, and understated New England projects and collaborations with interior designers.

Detail Pages Of Interiors From A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House.

In this big, beautiful new book, A Place To Call Home Schafer follows up his bestselling The Great American House, by exploring the ways in which place is fundamental to the idea of home, sharing his process, taking readers on a detailed tour of seven beautifully realized houses in a range of styles located around the country. Each in a unique place, and each with a character all its own. 250 lush, full color photographs of these seven houses and other never-before-seen projects, including exterior, interior, and landscape details, invite readers into Schafer’s world of comfortable classicism.

Detail Pages Of Interiors/Exteriors From A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House.

A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House, Schafer shows how traditional and classical principles can blend with a sense of place to create homes in a range of styles, all with the satisfying tensions of fancy and simple, past and present. “I am, to be sure, a classical architect,” says Schafer. “As important as a commitment to classicism has been to me, no less meaningful is the desire to create architecture that is effectively responsive to a set of circumstances.” While Schafer is absolutely a classical architect, he is in fact a modern traditionalist, and A Place To Call Home showcases how he interprets traditional principles for a multiplicity of architectural styles within contemporary ways of living. Creating a cohesiveness that shortchanges neither history nor modernity.

Oak Tree Recipe

Ever wonder how to grow Oak trees from acorns? It’s easy! Late Fall is the perfect time of year to collect acorns to start growing new Oak trees over the Winter. Late dropping acorns (October and November) are typically healthiest. A healthy acorn specimen suitable for growing an Oak tree is one that is plump with a cap that is loose and/or easily removed. A naturally split or cracked acorn is fine, but do not collect damaged or crushed acorns.

How To Grow Oak Trees From Acorns:

  1. After inspecting the collected acorns, place them in a mixture of 1/2 peat and 1/2 loose barley in a clear zip-lock plastic food storage bag. Do not crowd the acorns. They should be loose in the mixture and the bag should not be more than half-full.
  2. Seal the bag and store it in the refrigerator throughout the Winter. Periodically check the moisture level -it should be damp, but not wet. At some point during the winter, the acorns should split open and white sprouts should begin to appear and grow.

When To Plant Acorns:

  1. In early Spring (late March to early April), fill individual plant pots with clean potting soil. Place the sprouted acorns horizontally in the soil about 1 1/2 inches deep and water. Place the pots in a south-facing window or under an artificial light source and keep the soil moist.
  2. During the next few weeks, the acorns will sprout into a sapling, with a few tiny, yet visible Oak leaves. As the trees grow, transplant them into larger containers. Do not allow the trees to become root bound, or dried out.
  3. You may keep your trees in plant pots indefinitely, or until they have reached a desired size to plant outside. Before planting them in the ground, introduce the trees slowly to the outdoors by placing them in cooler areas such as on a porch, or in a shed or garage for a few days at a time. Transplant them outside in the early Fall before danger of frost.

Fall Forecast

When we think about Autumn, there is a color that quickly comes to mind: Orange. That being said, Autumn Maple is a hue that is one of the top color trends each Fall season, a Wonder. Wisdom. Words. perennial favorite for introducing dazzling warmth into any palette. A quintessential Autumn shade that blends Tawny and Russet, and instantly infuses any outfit or home with energy and vitality. A rich, textured color that looks good enough to eat!

More than any other color in the palette, Autumn Maple tells a visual story through its expressive Fall coloration. It speaks of sleepy maple trees with leaves that hang low, exhausted from the Summer sun, exuding an Orangey-Brown glow that compliments the seasonal changes with a storyteller’s touch.

Lots of brands are embracing the beloved Autumn Maple look this season. A surprisingly versatile hue, it is one that you can integrate into your everyday wardrobe, for it has a sporty feel to it, and can be dressed up for a sartorially sublime occasion. This warm shade in various tones radiates optimism, and brings depth and refinement to any look or interior design project.

Keep the color going in your Fall garden with a combination of annuals and perennials with an Autumn Maple color scheme. For the perfect late-season bloomer, you can’t go wrong with Fall Mums, perfect for mass plantings with their domes of rich, jewel-tone colors, and tight, mounded habit and stunning bloom cover. To get the maximum effect from far away, stick to only one or two colors. A large grouping of Mums can awaken any drab Fall landscape.

Pumpkin Butter’s festive taste and intoxicating aroma make it a Fall classic. The name is a little deceiving because there’s actually no butter in the recipe, but you use it like a spread or jam. It tastes like delicious pumpkin pie -sweet, rich, and full of flavor. The look plus taste of Fall! It’s also vegan and gluten-free. Plus, it’s fun and easy to prepare. As you might expect, this packs well and makes a handsome Autumn Maple gift. Just don’t forget to make a batch for yourself! It also keeps in the fridge for a few weeks and freezes well so you can make it now to share, and have one on hand to savor the season. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup organic almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and mix thoroughly.
  2. Simmer the mixture on a low heat until it thickens ensuring to stir it constantly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It should take approx 20-30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Meanwhile, sterilize a canning jar by washing it in very hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry in a low oven for about 15 minutes. In the last 5 minutes put the lid in the oven.
  4. When the butter has sufficiently thickened transfer to the jar & screw the lid on immediately.
  5. Decorate with burlap twine and label and tag for gifting.

Terrain Style

Terrain Garden Center & Home Goods Store + Garden Cafe In Westport CT, A Charming Wisdom. Wonder. Words. Favorite That Celebrates The Cycle Of The Seasons & The Bounty Of The Land.

Founded in a historic nursery in southeast Pennsylvania, Terrain is a nationally renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with an entirely fresh approach to living with nature. It’s an approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces.

From Terrain’s Autumn Teak Tables & Seating Collection, Designed To Weather The Elements, A Protected Teak Table Offers Timeless All-Season Outdoor Dinning. In Addition To Gardening Supplies, Terrain Also Stocks Vintage & Handcrafted Furniture.

In the 10 years since opening the first Terrain store, hundreds of unexpected ideas for decorating the garden and home have been collected -many of which are shared to enjoy each season on The Blog at Terrain, but now, for the first time, they have gathered the very best of those ideas and tips into one place. Edited by creative director Greg Lehmkuhl and their community of garden and design experts who have been with them since those early days in the nursery, Terrain the book, is a seasonal guide focusing on the art of styling the spaces in and around the home with nature.

Terrain: Ideas & Inspiration for Decorating the Home & Garden, By Greg Lehmkuhl (Author), Hardcover, 400 pgs., Artisan Workman Publishing, Forthcoming October 2018.

Spanning all four seasons with ideas and inspiration geared towards each distinct time of year and organized by décor statement -container plantings, wildcrafted wreaths, and arrangements, the book starts each section with a design philosophy and hardworking guide to materials and plants, followed by gorgeous examples of the design principles in practice.

Terrain + Garden Cafe Westport CT, Autumn Inspired Garden & Gastronomy Events & Workshops October 2018.

The book not only captures the brand’s unique and appealing sensibility in over 450 beautiful photographs but also shows, in project after project, tip after tip, how to live with nature at home. Here are ideas for flower arranging beyond the expected bouquet, using branches and wild blooms, seed heads and bulbs, colorful container gardens inspired by painterly palettes, and dozens of ideas for making wreaths out of vines, stems, evergreens, fresh leaves and ferns, and decorating with heirloom fruits and flowers, and more involved projects, including taking inspiration from Scandinavia & Britain to create a truly natural Christmas. With insight for every season, Terrain blurs the indoors and out to bring the subtle and surprising joys of nature into our lives every day.

Beloved By Wisdom. Wonder. Words., Westport CT Anthropologie, Complete With One-Of-A-Kind Décor, Boasts Everything From Exclusive Apparel Collections To Insider Beauty Finds, Custom Furniture To Handcrafted Ceramics, Designer Bridal Gowns To Work-Of-Art Shoes.

Greg Lehmkuhl is the creative director of Terrain garden, home, and outdoor lifestyle brand from the team behind Anthropologie. Founded in 2008 on the site of a 100-year-old nursery in Glen Mills, PA, Terrain now has a second store in Westport, CT -both stores feature an on-site nursery, home store, and café, as well as shops within two California Anthropologie locations, and will soon open five more stores across the country. Terrain has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Martha Stewart LivingElle Décor, and InStyle.

Autumn Time

Keep Calm And Carry On. Autumn Has Arrived In New England. 

  • Harvest ( har*vist ) 1. the time at which ripened crops are fathered & collected 2. the fruits of one’s labor
  • Autumn ( ot-em )1. the season also known as Fall; coming between Summer & Winter 2. including the months of September, October, and November -characterized by the changing leaves, the return of school & a time of gratitude 3. coinciding with the dropping of leaves from the trees as they go into a Winter rest, which is why it’s also called Fall
  • Harvest Moon ( har*vist*mo͞on) 1. the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the Autumnal Equinox
  • Pumpkin Spice (pump*kin*spīs) 1. an Epicurean recipe that includes cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg & cloves 2. goes with everything nice
  • Foliage (fo*le*ij) 1. leaves on a plant or tree 2. brilliant in
    color during the Fall months