Garden Notes

Garden Notes

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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.

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Many gardeners have been plagued to exasperation by rampant numbers of voles in their gardens.

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The end of the year exacted a steep toll. Looking forward is the more difficult, but no less important.