West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - May 18, 2006

This past weekend's rain daunted neither attendance nor spirits at the two events I attended - the Hospice of Martha's Vineyard Plant Sale at Cynthia Riggs's and the opening of the annual Flower Show at the Dragonfly Gallery. I saw many West Tisbury artists at both.

Anna Marie D'Addarie, Times associate editor, was at the Dragonfly, taking notes for a detailed article about the flower show, so I will only comment that several artists from town were represented. Leslie Baker has a series of three monotypes of "Winston Churchill Narcissus." Lanny McDowell has some large and exuberant oils depicting fields of flowers. Ruth Kirchmeier and I are showing still-life interiors. I hope I didn't miss anyone. The show will be up through the rest of the month.

Cynthia Riggs has just returned from New York City, where she was one of five authors invited to give a reading at the prestigious Pen and Brush Club (for women writers and artists) in Greenwich Village. She read the first chapter of "Paperwhite Narcissus," her last book, featuring sleuth Victoria Trumbull. Cynthia's newest mystery, "Indian Pipes," will be out this Monday, May 15.

The West Tisbury Conservation Commission is planning a public hearing for residents and voters to learn about proposed new regulations for Wetlands Protection. Copies of the bylaw are available at the Conservation Commission Office (second floor on the right in Town Hall) or by calling 508-696-6404 between 12:30 and 4:30 pm. The hearing will be held at the Howes House this Tuesday evening, May 23, at 7 pm.

Also on Tuesday evening, Dan Waters will be reading a selection of his poetry at the Vineyard Haven Library at 6:30 pm.

Some time ago, I cut out a "Reflection for the day" from the Boston Globe. It is a quote by A.A. Milne and reads as follows, "One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." It has certainly proven so over the years, in no area more so than in regard to my garden. I have never been one to keep records of seeds or plants or a diary of rainfall amounts. Every spring brings serendipitous surprises. Plants appear that I have forgotten and in unexpected places. It is always fun to walk around the yard and find something new. At the moment, I'm waiting for some columbines to bloom. They seem to self-seed all through the garden and to self-hybridize as well. One appeared just inside our garden fence, huge buds ready to burst into dark purple, almost black flowers.

I also was surprised by clumps of magenta violets that came up all over the yard. Sue Hruby reminded me that she gave them to me last year after I had admired them in her garden. Ruth Kirchmeier gave me a huge clump of leucogeum (I hope it is spelled correctly. I couldn't find it in the dictionary, but did learn that the prefix "leuco" means "white.") They look like giant snowdrops. Anyway, I had forgotten that I divided the clump and planted some in my new shrub border and some just outside my studio door. What a treat to find them.

And we aren't even close to daylily season yet!

Don't forget to vote today for a new member of the Board of Assessors. The polls are open at the Public Safety Building between noon and 8 pm.