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Spring is in the air

Hello, daylight-saving time!I was out planting lettuce seedlings and digging a nice pile of ‘Satina’ potatoes on Sunday, when there was a ceasing of...

Edgeworthia chrysantha

This is a misleading time of year on the Vineyard. Bird song is once again enlivening Island woods and thickets. Sunrise now occurs at...

Lagerstroemias for winter interest

In summer the large crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia) at the North Tisbury bank is covered with tidy foliage and panicles of white flowers, cloaking its...

In praise of February

A couple of friends and I recently went on an excursion to Logee’s Greenhouses (logees.com) in Danielson, Conn., just over the Rhode Island line...

Good garden reads

Good garden reading is an asset to a gardener’s enforced winter recess. Allen Lacy, the author of some of the most engaging American garden...

Turning to the light

We are a week into the new year, 2016, and already I am happy to report daylight has increased by six minutes at sunset....

After the solstice

After the winter solstice, all increasing photons are measured against every decreasing degree, as in “when the days lengthen the cold strengthens.” Despite the...

the ominous fluttering of moth wings

The frail fluttering of moths in December’s dusk was once perhaps the inspiration for a meditation on enduring life, fragile in the face of...

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...