Garden Notes

Garden Notes

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The lesson is easy: be careful where you mulch and cultivate if you desire more self-sowers.

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I report (with relief) the many bumblebees, along with their accustomed buzzing, foraging on the large roseum elegans rhododendrons at my place, primarily at dawn and dusk. Those vast mountains of magenta blossom, usually hosting scores of industrious bumblebees, had seemed eerily silent for the past two seasons.

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Mayapple has been used in Native folk medicine for centuries, and over 100 years ago found its way into American materia medica.

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One wishes to plead for this ineluctable seasonal onrushing to delay so one can take it all in.

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May Day: that phrase, this date, is so meaningful on so many different levels, has so many complexities, that I avert innuendo by merely wishing gardeners a good day in their gardens.

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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.

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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.

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Daydreaming amidst the nursery and seed catalogues is an acceptable pastime
daffodills

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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.

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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.