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Garden Notes: Last call for pruning spring-flowering shrubs

In the time of the solstice we experience the most light, the most visible growth, the most light-driven activity of our natural year. The...

Garden Notes: Looking like a cool and rainy summer

Rain-heavy tall bearded irises are growing at the horizontal, not vertical. The long-range summer forecast is for wetter and cooler weather. A prediction made...

Garden Notes: Lilac time

We know this time as one of utmost sensory transcendence in the garden year, when, if there is time to be still and take...

The Green Moment

There is no clicking the pause button; it cannot be stayed. Plentiful rains and daily increasing photons stoke the bursting-forth of leaves and shoots...

Corydalis solida

“Man — despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments — owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the...

A host of golden daffodils

Gardens with sandy soil warm up fast; they are currently about 55° daytime soil temperature, with overnight soil temps dropping to the low 40s....

Bearsfoot hellebore

While humans await spring, there is a striking perennial that does not dawdle. In bloom now, Helleborus foetidus, the bearsfoot hellebore, belongs in shade...

Snow on Easter

Lots of snow and record cold temperatures — it laid early-blooming bulbs over, limp and wilted, vestiges of their days’-previous selves, and challenged the...

Lilac Tommies

“Green winter, green graveyard” is an old adage carrying a hint of foreboding. I suspect I am just one among many fellow Island sufferers,...

Bright colors in a winter landscape

There is nothing like a black-and-white day of “wintry mix” to intensify the colors of the landscape. The plain palette of winter disappears, replaced...

Witch hazels

Quite different from the very ancient Imbolc or St. Brigid’s Day, which signified when water would again run unfrozen in streams and brooks, is...

Farewell, ‘Ol’ Cuss’

Go closerThe sadness and time passing, the future unknowable, the mournful awareness that we won’t see the Ol’ Cuss again, makes it a day...

Planning for next year

Whether you were dragged into the New Year or stepped into it brightly, here is a wish for all, courtesy of printmaker Josef Beery:...

West Tisbury Library’s habitat garden

As befits the “Athens of Martha’s Vineyard,” the town of West Tisbury is in possession of a small-town library that is world-class. Its phoenix-like...

What will winter bring?

Weather lore has it that whatever the conditions are on the solstices and equinoxes will foretell the coming season.Sunday’s high winds and temperatures (58°),...

‘The Hidden Life of Trees’

Even if you are not a lover of trees — I am, yes — you may be fascinated to learn more about what is...

Garden Notes: What about a turkey season?

Being grateful for what one is given takes work, but is often the path to contentment. “Every disadvantage has its advantages,” a quote from...

Getting on with the tasks of life

Voltaire, in “Candide,” may have summed it up best, that one must cultivate one’s own garden. He means that we must get on with...

Seasonal clichés

This fall seems to be one with exceptional foliage effects. Do I say this every year? I must — I love autumn. Earlier in...

Get outside

It will be time to leave the flowery summer garden and go indoors soon, but not before tending to planting bulbs, spraying broad-leaved evergreens...