Although Sumner Silverman of Peacegate is doing a great job of spreading fig trees throughout Island gardens by making his fig tree prunings freely available, in general there is a bit of head-scratching as to their culture.
There was solace in pricking out lettuce seedlings indoors while a blizzard thrummed outside, although I’d have rather been working in the garden. Island gardeners are eager to immerse in all spring work with headlong energy, rather than waiting.
Daydreaming amidst the nursery and seed catalogues is an acceptable pastime
Pre-breeding season birdsong is an early sign, as is the flowing of springs and streams, freed from the stasis of winter, and the coloring of twig tips.
Fiery colors are the most unmistakable way to supply winter interest in gardens, but do not overlook white or pale-stemmed plants such as birches and various brambles.
Many gardeners have been plagued to exasperation by rampant numbers of voles in their gardens.
The end of the year exacted a steep toll. Looking forward is the more difficult, but no less important.
While our year contains 52 weeks, these few, the holidays, are when we really think about things, our direction.
Holly provides spiky, glossy, evergreen foliage, and red berries, a valuable asset to the winter garden and landscape, not to mention to the birds it shelters.
Strategically situated evergreen ground cover can maintain some life in the winter garden scape.