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Moved to Giving Thanks

Trees are one of the things that move me to giving thanks. How is it that with the amount of concern about drought, wild...

leaf by falling leaf

Autumn ticktocks by, leaf by falling leaf. Each shorter day brings us closer to the quiet palette of winter. For now, though, it is...

Textures of autumn

Clear days and nights result in radiational cooling, leaving behind a heavy blanket of dew the following morning if we narrowly avoid frost, or...

Autumn life and death

Trudy Taylor was a multitalented artist of living — fierce and contrarian in her beliefs, and entirely unique. Matriarch to her large biological family...

Sounds amid the silence

The new air comes in,As rustling wind,A sojourner here,Hurrying onward —Toward autumn.Background NoiseHow many connoisseurs of silence remain? On quiet days, early-morning...

Summer took its toll

Gardeners always face challenges. It is midway through September, and still the Island has received very little rain. Last week’s thunderstorm (2.25 inches in...

It’s Labor Day

Labor Day weekend nears; a seasonal turning point approaches. Whether or not it penetrates the conscious mind, everything senses it at the cellular level,...

A mania for hydrangeas

Cutline quote: “Oakleaf hydrangea’s white flower heads age beautifully to burgundy.”It would seem that the nation is in the grip of hydrangea mania. Sales...

Designing the 21st century garden

In a community such as Martha’s Vineyard, where gardening and natural preservation standards are high, each gardener and every garden benefits from natural plantings...

Repotting my hibiscus

It took me a long time to get my vegetable garden in hand this season. So cold, so dry — that is how we...

Summer magic

To be out at dusk amidst fireflies and the fragrance of regal lilies is summer magic.Lilies are some of the garden’s most aristocratic elements....

Let it rain

Welcome to summer, which officially started with the summer solstice last Sunday. It was a rainy day; perhaps we can take it as a...

On pergolas

Garden features “And every man shall sit under his vine, and under his fig tree …” (Micah 4:4) To my mind, there is nothing as...

To-do lists are growing long

The “merry month of May” is traditionally characterized by hawthorns in bloom; no matter that May is almost over and the hawthorns are only...

Appreciate the less flashy plantings

The air is full of bud scales drifting and blowing about as the expanding leaves free them. They create plugs and stoppers in downspouts...

Grow your own medicine

Some of the most interesting and valuable native medicinal plants on Martha’s Vineyard are usually considered to be weeds and, at least until properly...

Magnolia and lilac time

The old joke about Island spring, “January, February, March, March, March, June …” means expectations here are low. The flower buds of lilacs (Syringa...

Thoughts on Earth Day

Stand up for what you stand onEarth Day is April 22. Space exploration is said to be one of the grandest, vastest human ideas....

A flurry of spring

In the gardenWhere to begin? Snow and crummy conditions may have set our schedules back, but be assured that in the end all will...

Spring, at long last

Getting the garden ready.