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°),...

Garden Notes: ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’

Even if you are not a lover of trees — I am, yes — you may be fascinated to learn more about what is...

Garden Notes: Getting on with the tasks of life

Voltaire, in “Candide,” may have summed it up best, that one must cultivate one’s own garden. He means that we must get on with...

Garden Notes: Seasonal clichés

This fall seems to be one with exceptional foliage effects. Do I say this every year? I must — I love autumn. Earlier in...