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A lost generation of gardeners

It is important to share what it is to have a garden, to grow things yourself to eat, or to experience pleasure in being...

Poison ivy or sarsaparilla?

Even here on an Island known for drab springs, May overwhelms with its spectacular pleasures of garden color and scent. Whole neighborhoods are redolent...

Protecting chickens from hawks and downplaying the lawn

Put Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston on your mainland horticultural destination maps. It was a pleasure to take in the excellent primrose show...

Home and place

April 22 was Earth Day. Fittingly, more than 170 countries went to New York to sign the Paris climate agreement, a record-breaking number of...

Spring pruning

Pruning is a topic commonly loaded with anxiety, or mystery, for many. Few winters will have passed without leaving their damaging mark; the last...

Plan, prepare, plant!

Vegetable gardens are coming awake. Mine has been semi-active, actually, throughout this warm winter. We enjoyed lamb’s lettuce (mache), parsley, cilantro, and weeds such...

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...