National Grid Owes Us Money, AGAIN. Solar Installed By Cazeault Solar. Look At Our September Bill A $629 CREDIT!- Don’t Be Held Hostage By Crazy Electricity Costs This Winter! Get A Free Estimate For Solar Today!

Our House Is 100% Electric. We’ve Been Cranking Our Air Conditioning All Summer and Still Have CREDITS from National Grid Month After Month. National Grid Owes Us Money, AGAIN. Solar Installed By Cazeault Solar. Look At Our Latest Bill A $$629.48 CREDIT!-

I’m not sure how much more I could boil it down but here’s the latest bill (National Grid OWES US MONEY!)-


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The McCarthy Ciaramitro group is off to a  start. Charlene and Katelyn wasted no time selling this beautiful home in seaside Rockport, MA

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Then and now: Thousands of gorgeous fall dahlias Stacy Boulevard #GloucesterMA and award winning lufkin dahlia gardens 1925

There’s a bright autumn haze in Stacy Boulevard gardens. Thousands of fall dahlias are waiting. Go find your bloom and color!

The varieties are labeled. I wondered how many were chosen, and if any were grown from area heirloom seeds? The Glory of New England, a prizewinning “fancy dahlia” dazzler was cultivated from seeds by the Lufkin dahlia gardens of Gloucester and introduced in 1925 (see below). I love reading about Gloucester gardeners.

Dahlia flowers were eventually named after Swedish botanist, Anders Dahl. The giant ones are nicknamed dinner plate dahlias. In the 1800s avid gardeners and commercial seed and plant firms bloomed in Massachusetts. Established in the early 1800s, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is recognized as the oldest in the country. A gardener from Bridgewater is credited with the first American collarette dahlia variety in 1912.

Thousands of gorgeous dahlias, exhibited by 50 growers attracted throngs to Horticultural Hall on the opening day of the free dahlia show, held under the joint auspices of the New England Dahlia Society and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

For the site of his exhibit and the magnificence of its setting, L.L. Branthover of Wakefield held first place. His pompom dahlias decorate the stage of the lecture hall, and rays from a warm moon falling obliquely over the stately blooms, against their evergreen background, lend added glory to the scene.

Wonderful tints of orange, cream, scarlet, vermillion and gold are to be seen in the dahlias exhibited by George L. Fish of Billerica, president of the society. (“Francis Cooper Hav-A-Look” illust.)

Giant blossoms, some of yellow with white tips, are introduced for the first time from seedlings of the Lufkin dahlia gardens of Gloucester. The new blossom is called “The Glory of New England.”

Another prize winning variety is the dark-red “Alexander Pope,” one of the most beautiful of the collection in the A.I. Strobel exhibit, grown in the Montrose dahlia gardens of Wakefield.

Boston Globe 1925 – 2 Wakefield gardens, 1 Billerica, and the “Lufkin dahlia gardens of Gloucester” are featured

Topsfield Fair and flower show competitions

Have any Gloucester gardeners entered the Topsfield Fair this year? There are usually dahlias in the running.

Whenever any one flower is cultivated and shown, I always think of Mrs. Miniver and the rose. Maybe someone can propagate a “Glory of Gloucester Gardens” variety for the city of Gloucester’s horticultural history then & now, generous gardeners and public works!

Mrs. Miniver rose scene

Pat D’s Photos Will Be at Magtoberfest Tomorrow

There’s a big party planned in Magnolia tomorrow and they are calling it Magtoberfest (love that)! Pat D’s Photos will be there at the Cape Ann Makers Market in the Magnolia Library along with about 20 vendors including our friends at Cape Ann Sea Salt and Ardizzoni Photography. For this Magnolia show, I will be featuring a couple of items you might find interesting including this triptych canvas of the “old” Magnolia Pier just before the storm that destroyed the it in 2018. Also featured will be notecards of our “Magnolia Eagles”! We will also have gift baskets, prints, puzzles and other items available for your holiday considerations. No supply line issues at the Magtoberfest so stop by 11-5 on Sunday Oct 10.

Taking the Leap

Cape Ann Home

After 6 months of pandemic and the city, this family knew it was time for a change. They wanted to create their first home. It wasn’t the greatest time to buy, and there were so many unknowns in the world. But they had a dream, and so they went for it. Sometimes you just have to take the leap.  

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