Gardening Blog

Amanda Shenstone from Graceful Gardens

Welcome! I'll be keeping you updated on the latest happenings here at Graceful Gardens and any new garden discoveries I’ve come across. It’s a beautiful floriferous world out there.  Join me! 



I was transplanting some perennial Perovskia or Russian Sage in the greenhouse today and the minty scent was strong and delicious. As nice as the... read more



Let's be a little kinder to ourselves and say instead of lazy, who has the time to garden!  I first discovered a "no-brainer" flower to grow when... read more

Morning Glory Grandpa Ott


How can you not love a flower that bursts open every morning in a magnificent bloom to greet you? Morning Glories or Ipomoea are a crazy and easy... read more



What a summer! My town, Trumansburg, NY, was declared the driest town in NY state! I believe it! Who has time to water and for some people out... read more

Graceful Gardens Viola


It's a new gardening season and a new website! And I am so excited about both! Nature works hard to produce its lovely works of art just as my... read more

Campanula Carpatica Uniform Blue

January 14, 2015

I had some wonderful Campanulas in my garden this past summer! Campanulas or Bellflowers are perennials and deer resistant plants that come in so... read more

delphinium hummingbird

April 30, 2014

I find the Hummingbirds hovering, zipping and iridescent antics simply amazing. Also, the bewildering buzzing & humming sound that they make... read more

compost from Graceful Gardens

April 23, 2014

We just bought 4 cubic yards of local compost otherwise known as “black gold” from our local producer and recycler Cayuga Compost. Isn’t it... read more


April 15, 2014

I can hardly wait to see my garden in full bloom again. If you need instant gratification, Annuals provide fast color where ever it's needed.

Delphiniums and Shasta Daisy

March 24, 2014

The snow is melting and I've discovered the daffodils are half way up. How did they do that? The Robins returned and are eating something in the... read more


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