Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Last Weekend Before Bug Season Begins...

It's Officially the Beginning of Flower Season!
Our garden has now reached the point it's difficult to pick only one flower thats blooming...there are at least five or six to choose from. I've decided to feature one of the more obscure (at least to me...) this week. Euphorbia has the softest foliage, and spring green leaves crowned with small yellow clusters of flowers. Faye tells me it is a vigorous ground cover, doubling in size each year. This is a plant you can share with friends and family; its root ball can be divided easily and transplanted in your own garden or elsewhere. It enjoys the full sun and turns a delightful rusty orange in the fall. Although I said I would feature only one flower, I feel our flowering crabapple tree, pictured below, deserves some attention as well...it is absolutely gorgeous this year!

Just a little reminder: the Home and Garden Show is this weekend at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. You'll be able to find your own garden gems, talk with flower experts and get some delicious cook out recipes, all in one place! Our Last Minute Special features room rates that encourage you to get out and walk around the mountains, the golf course, or the garden show this weekend! So, if you've been thinking about visiting the White Mountains and the Darby Field Inn this spring, wait no longer...now is the perfect time to enjoy both!

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Perfect Time to Experience Springtime in the Mountains!

Hard Work and Warm Weather Produce Results!

Spring is my favorite time of the year, here in New Hampshire. The sunshine is warm, gentle breezes blow, the bugs haven't arrived yet, and the flowers start blooming! Before and after pictures are an amazing way to really remember how much things change...like our gardens. The time difference between thes two pictures is two weeks, and look at how green everything is! We have a couple new flowers peeking out every week, which is exciting for me; I love to take pictures of their bright blooms!
This weekend is the perfect time to witness these excellent conditions for yourself; we've posted a Last Minute Special that makes a visit here irresistible...so grab your hiking boots, mountain bikes, sunscreen and appetites and book a stay with us Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday - you won't regret it! Don't forget Mother's Day is Sunday and we've got a great weekend package for her, too! Call (800)426-4147 and mention this blog for additional savings! Until next time, enjoy spring wherever you are...those pesky insects are on their way!

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

"Inn"-troducing Mr. & Mrs. Barnett!

Congratulations to Judi Graham & William Barnett as they begin their new life together...

Judi and Bill weren't intersted in a big wedding - instead they chose to join us here at the Darby Field Inn for an elopement. Fortunately there was a break in the rainy weather so Marc could perform their ceremony on the patio. After warming up in front of the fire in the living room, they joined us for dinner. They are a fun-loving couple, and a pleasure to have as guests. We wish them the best of luck, and look forward to seeing them again in the future!

In gardening news, our newest arrival is Pulmonaria, commonly known as lungwort. Like bloodroot, it is also an early spring bloomer, spreads fast, and disappears soon after the blossoms fade. This flower offers two colors, fuscia buds and beautiful blue blooms. It is another great addition to any garden. Bloodroot and lungwort both arrive shortly after jonquils, and last much longer, displaying the "carpet of flowers" effect. Faye has been very busy in the gardens; there are new shoots everywhere! Next week I'll show you two comparison shots, taken two weeks apart, and introduce you to the next blooming beauty in our garden!
Marc and Maria Donaldson, our innkeepers, are celebrating their 28th year here at the Darby Field. Check out their "inn"-iversary special (http://www.darbyfield.com/packagesdetails.html?sku=2004120412) to find out what this means to you. Until next time, bid farewell to the April showers, and enjoy your own May flowers!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

This is How Our Garden Grows...

The Early Bloomer: Blood Root

Today I was introduced to a wonderful little flower, the blood root, or Sanguinaria canadensis. This innocent looking flower gets its name from it blood colored rhizome. I discovered it leaves a blood colored sappy mess on your hands if you pull it up from the ground. It propagates easily and early, leaving beds clear for later blooming flowers. Flowers tend to bloom en mass, creating a beautiful display in an otherwise unimpressive area. Our resident garden professional, Faye, gave me a few to take home and plant in my own garden. I hope everyone is getting the weather we've been enjoying. It is hard to stay in the office on such beautiful days, so we've all been pitching in, getting the yards ready. The Inn is open full time again starting May 1st, while the restaurant will only be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of May. Great rates are available, so come on up and enjoy the sun!

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Friday, April 20, 2007


New Spring Arrivals!
After posting twice before that spring and mud season were here, then getting two more huge winter storms, I am approaching this blog with more delicacy. If we get even one more inch of snow before next winter, my friends and family may well pack up and head for Florida! These pictures show how the weather here in New Hampshire can change within one week, from a foot of snow to fresh spring bulbs!

Here at the Darby Field Inn we're back in business on a reduced scale, doing some spring cleaning and renovations in preparation for the seasons ahead. We are welcoming guests on weekends only in April, and are offering some great deals on our Specials Page. Don't forget Mother's day is quickly approaching; we can help you show that special mom in your life how much she's appreciated by booking a reservation for her (and a guest) to enjoy some TLC here at the Inn.

Another thing to keep in mind is once the ground dries up, spring is the ideal time for hiking, insect and humidity free! In addition to our own nature paths, there are several excellent trails located minutes from here off the Kancamaugus Highway. It may be too cold to swim, still, but the local wildlife is currently out of hibernation and prime for picture taking and viewing from a distance. There is also the Home, Garden & Flower Show going on in the middle of May at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds, only twenty minutes from here. Vendors show you what's new for home and gardens this season, and it's a great place to pick up some different plants for your yard. There are also some great food vendors, and packaged gourmet foods for sale.

Faye will begin working her magic in our (her) award winning gardens this week. Here's a picture of the starting point, for reference later in the season. You'll be amazed at how fantastic they look, even a month from now...as I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be passing along some tips from the expert, so stay tuned! Until next time, enjoy the sunshine today, because who knows what tomorrow may bring!

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Farewell, For Now...

Does This Really Mean Goodbye?

We all know how hard it can be to say goodbye. We've had to bid farewell twice in the past couple of weeks, and only one of them stuck, although not the one we were hoping for... Erika, who has brightened the Inn with her sarcastic wit and impeccable service for over four years, will be relocating to Southern Massachusetts with her family. She will be sorely missed, but we are confident she will stay in touch, and perhaps even moonlight for us on special occasions when her expertise is needed...Good Luck, Erika, We Miss You Already!!

Did Winter forget to check the calendar? We thought we had said goodbye, yet Mother Nature decided to play a late April Fool's joke on us. We woke up to snow on the ground, with more expected today and tonight...up to a foot of the white stuff! We're hoping it will melt over the next few days, so we can enjoy our Spring Vacation (Darby Field is closed April 9th-19th). I'll be content if we can at least get through mud season quickly...I'm ready to hit the hiking trails! The Inn is open on weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in April, except for April 13th-15th. Don't forget to check our web site for our last minute specials during April. They will definately encourage you to "spring" up here (you knew I'd have to do at least once) for a weekend away! I hope Mother Nature is being kinder to those of you in other areas! Until next time, Happy Spring?!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spring is on the Way!

Changing of the Seasons:
Helllloooo MUD!

We are celebrating the end of another season here at the Darby. The last two sleigh rides went out on Thursday, March 22nd...the first full day of spring, coincidentally. The Smiths, of Rochester, New Hampshire, were celebrating an anniversary here at the Darby with the dinner and sleigh ride package (purchased for them by their adult children...) and the Savages were staying here at the Inn, from Merrimack, New Hampshire.
The end of snow officially begins an often dreaded season, mud season! While some people play in it, and the flowers live for it, we use it as an excuse to reflect on the past season, take a deep breath, and prepare for the next one. Kim, Beth and Spike are taking a well-deserved rest before carriage rides start up (keep an eye out for new carriage offerings later this spring...), Marc and Maria (the innkeepers) are taking a little vacation, and Faye is getting ready to work her magic in our award-winning gardens, again. We'll be following her progress this year, so keep checking back to watch our flowers (and vegetables) grow. I'll also be passing on gardening hints I pick up while helping her out, here and there. Just a reminder:
Darby Field will be closed from April 9th to April 19th, and then open weekends only 'til the 29th.
We still have some great specials going on, so keep an eye on the Last Minute Special page on our website. Do you want to be a spring bride? We've created a new page for elopements and intimate ceremonies that is worth a look. Golfers, please note our new midweek golf special, and for those who just love a great deal, our Spring is in the Air package is for you! Until next time, Enjoy Spring and watch out for the Mud!

(Our last sleigh rides: Top: Kim & Spike,
Middle: Winston & Monique Savage,
Bottom: Harry & Ginny Smith)

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