Garden Notes: Summer magic

To be out at dusk amidst fireflies and the fragrance of regal lilies is summer magic. Lilies are some of the garden’s most aristocratic elements....

Garden Notes: Let it rain

Welcome to summer, which officially started with the summer solstice last Sunday. It was a rainy day; perhaps we can take it as a...

Garden Notes: On pergolas

Garden features “And every man shall sit under his vine, and under his fig tree …” (Micah 4:4) To my mind, there is nothing as...

Garden Notes: To-do lists are growing long

The “merry month of May” is traditionally characterized by hawthorns in bloom; no matter that May is almost over and the hawthorns are only...

Garden Notes: Appreciate the less flashy plantings

The air is full of bud scales drifting and blowing about as the expanding leaves free them. They create plugs and stoppers in downspouts...

Garden Notes: Magnolia and lilac time

The old joke about Island spring, “January, February, March, March, March, June …” means expectations here are low. The flower buds of lilacs (Syringa...

Garden Notes: Thoughts on Earth Day

Stand up for what you stand on Earth Day is April 22. Space exploration is said to be one of the grandest, vastest human ideas....

Garden Notes: A flurry of spring

In the garden Where to begin? Snow and crummy conditions may have set our schedules back, but be assured that in the end all will...

Garden Notes: Spring, at long last

Getting the garden ready.

Garden Notes: Soil is our only true capital

The principal message is the value of increasing carbon content in soils.