Garden Notes: 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....

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: Sounds amid the silence

The new air comes in, As rustling wind, A sojourner here, Hurrying onward — Toward autumn. Background Noise How many connoisseurs of silence remain? On quiet days, early-morning...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: It’s Labor Day

Labor Day weekend nears; a seasonal turning point approaches. Whether or not it penetrates the conscious mind, everything senses it at the cellular level,...