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Garden Notes: Mahonias

Winter is here. Overnight, privet hedges assumed their cold-weather maroon coloration. Driving home at twilight, it is dancetime in the headlights for male winter...

Garden Notes: A sea of brown

The landscape around us has become fuscous and very brown, thanks in part to the end run produced by the flash-freeze events earlier in...

Garden Notes: A bountiful garden season

Grateful for a great fall garden season; thankful for excellent rainfall for plumping Island wells and water tables; grateful for this Island we call...

Season of wither: Don’t put that garden to bed

Imagine you are a newbie gardener. When you read gardening advice about insects, their damage and management, you feel somewhat relieved, not to mention...

Garden Notes: Finis to another summer

It is less than two months before the winter solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year. Despite lilacs’ precocious bloom and lingering...

Garden Notes: Pumpkins and squash

This has been such a great season for squash and pumpkins! Such a bountiful harvest requires expanding the repertoire, and branching out for variety....

Garden Notes: Aronias

The existence of gardens, their creation and dynamics, is always evolving. Their scope, content, and care all shift according to knowledge, culture, and aesthetics....

Garden Notes: Fall is hurricane season

The autumnal equinox arrived in a stormy setting of winds and rains befitting pessimism. Here, Jose’s winds at times blew fiercely: nothing even close...

Garden Notes: The fungal kingdom

Each formerly choked traffic bottleneck that one breezes through helps unwind the summer’s accumulated tensions. The sun is out, and the golden days of...

Garden Notes: Hummingbird quest

Last spring I spotted a lump on the overhanging branch of a tree near our back porch. I hopefully wished the lump might be...

Garden Notes: Meadowsong

The fair gets underway today, Thursday, and runs through Sunday. It is the Island’s homecoming weekend, beautiful baby contest, bragging-rights fest, and face-to-face meetup....

Garden Notes: The hydrangea spectacular

July ended on an odd note, with easy-sleeping low temperatures interspersed with some breathtakingly hot weather. The possibility of drought was held at bay,...

Garden Notes: Platycodon

For a month generally known for clear skies and gentle seas, this seems a different July. It is the height of garden pathos to...

Garden Notes: Welcome, summer

Honeysuckle sweetens the air, and fireflies are visible at dusk. Nights are warmer. Island roadways have filled noticeably; please observe speed limit signs. Anticipate...

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....