Garden Notes: Corydalis solida

“Man — despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments — owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the...

Garden Notes: A host of golden daffodils

Gardens with sandy soil warm up fast; they are currently about 55° daytime soil temperature, with overnight soil temps dropping to the low 40s....

Garden Notes: Bearsfoot hellebore

While humans await spring, there is a striking perennial that does not dawdle. In bloom now, Helleborus foetidus, the bearsfoot hellebore, belongs in shade...

Garden Notes: Snow on Easter

Lots of snow and record cold temperatures — it laid early-blooming bulbs over, limp and wilted, vestiges of their days’-previous selves, and challenged the...

Garden Notes: Lilac Tommies

“Green winter, green graveyard” is an old adage carrying a hint of foreboding. I suspect I am just one among many fellow Island sufferers,...

Garden Notes: Bright colors in a winter landscape

There is nothing like a black-and-white day of “wintry mix” to intensify the colors of the landscape. The plain palette of winter disappears, replaced...

Garden Notes: Witch hazels

Quite different from the very ancient Imbolc or St. Brigid’s Day, which signified when water would again run unfrozen in streams and brooks, is...

Garden Notes: Farewell, ‘Ol’ Cuss’

Go closer The sadness and time passing, the future unknowable, the mournful awareness that we won’t see the Ol’ Cuss again, makes it a day...

Garden Notes: Planning for next year

Whether you were dragged into the New Year or stepped into it brightly, here is a wish for all, courtesy of printmaker Josef Beery:...

Garden Notes: What will winter bring?

Weather lore has it that whatever the conditions are on the solstices and equinoxes will foretell the coming season. Sunday’s high winds and temperatures (58°),...