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Garden Notes: Protecting your garden

Meadowsong and the trill of cicadas are the sounds of summer’s turning. Bats at dusk keep places lucky enough still to have them remarkably...

Garden Notes: Sunlit pollinator love

The heat has hit: I stand in hot sunshine near a patch of last season’s leeks. Their tall stems list crazily, spherical pink and...

Garden Notes: Oh, July!

The Fourth of July Island garden of 50 years ago was a limited palette of tawny daylilies, rambler roses ‘Excelsa’ and ‘Dorothy Perkins,’ honeysuckle,...

Garden Notes: Solstice days

Summer is officially here, with the summer solstice this year on June 20. Fireflies announced the fact a little earlier: They have flashed for...

Garden Notes: Lovely June

“A garden that is designed only to look pretty barely skims the surface of what landscapes can offer.”  –Toby Hemenway, “The Gardener Says” June is...

Garden Notes: Kitchen garden

The Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of settled weather, outdoor grilling, and summer. It is also freighted with solemn meaning. Graves are decorated,...

Garden Notes: Spring blooms

Although it is mid-May, the recent weather feels the same as when the print publication was suspended — welcome back to the much-missed Martha’s...

Garden Notes: Spring to-do list

“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” ~ T.S....

Garden Notes: Get your garden growing

Island Christmas wreaths come down on Good Friday. Being part of a shrinking cohort with parents who knew the Great Depression first-hand, I am interested...

Garden Notes: Spring moves in

“Anticipating spring” and “waiting for coronavirus”: There is a difference. Now both are here. One is very welcome — the other, not so much....

Garden Notes: Getting into ‘thinking gardens’ mode

March winds blow. It is silly, chilly March — when some of us might think spring is right around the corner. It is usually...

Garden Notes: It’s February

“For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Could this serious injunction of Lent be the King James Bible’s way of referencing...

Garden Notes: Pruning

The very earliest of the spring bulbs are making their garden entrance. It is a special moment, even if it is way too soon....

Garden Notes: Right bench, right place

Hens have resumed laying, branches and twigs show deeper color, and high up but visible, buds are swelling in treetops. And plenty of snowdrops! Bench...

Garden Notes: Don’t wait any longer for the freeze

The sun creeps back, stronger now. The witch hazels are unfurling their flowers. A turkey vulture sails a wobbling course over the backyard treetops....

Garden Notes: Happy New Year

“Plant dreams, pull weeds, grow a happy life,” a greeting on a card sent by lovely people. Today’s edition marks the new era of...

Garden Notes: Acorns and moths

“To be content with little is difficult, to be content with much, impossible.”  –Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, 1830-1916  The December whirlwind is upon us, and so...

Garden Notes: There are still native centerpiece materials about

The Thanksgiving afternoon cold front, steely gray cloudscape pierced by peachy sunset rays, was beautiful. It gilded treetops from Christiantown to Lobsterville. Even though...

Garden Notes: Our freeze-dried gardens

From “The Gardener Says”: “Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there, riotous.” –Rumi (1207–73) The...

Garden Notes: Alluring alliums

It is hard to believe we are in November already. Fallen leaves have blown everywhere, and the autumnal atmosphere increases as the nights draw...