Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Createk Water Features - Cedar Hill Farm and Gardens

Feel free to contact Cedar Hill Farm and Gardens at 603-770-2456 or email me at

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Createk Faux Granite

Its an official sign of spring here when the snow has gone and its time to carry out my Createk faux granite birdbath and key stash! I am still in love with Createk's products as I was back in 2004 when I first used them.

Perfect for sliding over your septic pipes, well heads or anything unsightly you'd like to cover up! Or, just use one in your garden design.

This artificial granite boulder is so light, it can easily be moved during landscaping and mowing, but looks just like natural stone. Our boulders come in several different sizes, colors, and shapes to match your landscape. We can also custom make your stone with your address, name, or company logo or design etched on the front.

Don't be fooled by cheap imitations being sold! Compare sizes and check out the weight difference. These are not plastic! These are top quality faux boulders - We can customize colors to match your stones as well!

Createk is unique and has many advantages because it is:

  • Virtually weightless! It is only about 2.25 lbs per sf, and can therefore be easily installed and trasnported.

  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.

  • UV resistant and has a Class 1 Fire Retardant Classification.

  • Easily power washed without changing the color or contour, so it will never need to be repainted or touched up.

I fell in love with this company quite by accident. My husband and I are builders of custom homes specializing but not limited to reproduction style houses. Landscaping was challenging with septic pipes, well heads, and propane tank covers. We quickly placed our order!

Shortly thereafter, we had Createk make us faux granite panels to hide the cement foundations. It was worth every dollar spent!

This company is not like the box store suppliers! They have a resume like no other. From the T-Rex Cafe at Disney World, Fl, museums, to Cabelas Retail in CT & ME - they've done them all.

Email me at or call at 603-770-2456

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things....

Fall is the time for harvest. It is a time to rejoice after a spring and summer of laborious hard work with a beautiful bounty. Tiresome hours of manipulating the soil for a great crop, trying to outwit mother nature's rasp of disease and insects. Our harvest is our trophy.

Both my mother and father taught me how to garden. Not through books and boring lectures but by their actions and passion. My father actually had an article written up in a Portsmouth, NH paper. "The King of Compost", which he was. He may not have the most ideal setting for his garden, but he can produce organic crops for sure. Buckets of coffee grinds picked up from local coffee shops, as well as egg shells - nothing goes wasted. He is a fine example of "going green" before it was hip.

With fall comes the sense of urgency, like squirrels gathering nuts when the crisp air starts to settle in at night.

Autumn is bittersweet for what lays ahead in New England, I think that's why we are blessed with such a spectacular season both weather wise, and its gorgeous pallet of scenic vistas.

If you ask most who left New England, fall is what they miss the most, I know I would.

One of my favorite fall flowers is the Sweet Autumn Clematis (scaling the edge of my house in the photo on the right). The smell is like no other. It blooms for a long period of time and gives the illusion of a snow covered vine. I would suggest everyone have at least one in their landscape. These are beautiful tumbling over a split rail fence.
Don't be worried if there are no signs of SAC in the spring. She puts on such a show so late in the year, she tends to be lazy waking up. Also - do not cut back this twiggy vine in the spring. It will come alive...I promise you.

Thank you for letting me ramble... once again.

Monday, August 23, 2010

To Garden Or Not To Garden, That Is The Question

Twelve years ago while out going to yard sales I came across a beautiful reproduction Royal Barry Wills Cape Cod style home surrounded by lush perennial gardens. I instantly knew I was going to like these people and we were quick to start up what turned into being a full day of bonding. We shared gardening tips and tribulations. She was kind enough to dig up a few runaway favorites for me to take home. She was also quick to give me some advice on her crucial mistake. Although her yard was gorgeous, she wishes she had not done quite so much. As time had gone on, splitting daylilies, hostas, and other perennials turned into another garden, and another, and another. She went on to say, "Whatever you do, do not garden yourself out of your home like I have. Doing so takes a hobby, a love, and a passion and turns it into an overwhelming chore, wiping out all the fun."

Well, wouldn't you know, I have done just that. Now, I haven't gotten so bad as the need to move yet, that's for sure, but it is with great sadness that this fall I will advertise to friends, family, neighbors and perhaps even a Craig's list posting to please bring shovels and help me put my gardens to rest. With these tough economic times I have been forced to go back to work, not only full time, but full time along with many other small part time jobs as well. I can not bare to look out my windows or drive up my driveway and see the deterioration of my gardens any longer.

In my opinion, a reproduction home can be just as beautiful and true to form with a simple lilac (my favorite, Miss Kim variety that stays low and compact) at the corner of the house, and a clump of daylilies by the granite steps (make sure they are one of the many new reblooming varieties).

I will try to take photos throughout this massive undertaking. I think in the long run my gardening skills would be better served growing vegetables and fruit trees for our family.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Timeless Treasures

The latest rage.....

To future trends.....

To timeless treasures....

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dog Days Of Summer

I never thought much about an adage until I lived on a farm.

In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb

Like a Sitting Duck

Hog Heaven

Got all your Ducks in a Row?

Dog Tired

Dog Days of Summer

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Sick as a Dog :(

Love Birds

*Ok so you know and I know that is not another bird...but please don't tell her that.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010