Punching the Clock: All the pretty flowers

I canít imagine anything more wonderful than being surrounded by beautiful flowers that you have grown and nurtured to maturity. Since I donít have the time or the inclination to start a garden of my own, I have to content myself with those grown and nurtured by others. Thatís why Horstmanís Nursery in Norwich is such a magical place for me.

The nursery and landscaping business has occupied its East River Road location since it was founded in 1972 by Priscilla Horstman. After Priscilla passed away in 1998, her daughter Renee carried on the family tradition.

ďItís a good thing I paid attention,Ē Renee, who worked alongside her mom most of her life, told me Monday as she took me through one of the greenhouses on site.

The small structure was filled with hanging baskets, vegetable plants and flats of annuals in every color and variety imaginable. I paused just inside the door to take it all in, and was glad I did. The mingling of all those scents was a bit overpowering. Kind of like being hugged by your favorite aunts who are a little heavy handed with their perfume. Thank goodness Iíd taken my allergy meds.

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