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Garden Notes: Getting ready

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Grass, buds, twigs: everything with chlorophyll in it is becoming greener. The Passover full moon and gale last weekend were March’s grande finale. April...

Garden Notes: Think long-term

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Spring, beginning officially with the Vernal Equinox, March 20, is when outdoor activities resume. With that very much in mind, what better time to...

Garden Notes: Getting our gardens ready

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Under February’s Snow Moon, our cold soil underlain with clay seems to be the last on the Island to lose its snow cover. However,...

Garden Notes: Winter Wonderland

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This is February: month of snowstorms, clearing blue skies, and bright sunshine! Deep and pristine, shadowed in exquisite blue, this snowfall was a pillowy...

Garden Notes: I (Heart) Martha’s Vineyard

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Already, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Subject matter of garden columns is usually plants and flowers, especially around Valentine’s Day; but today’s is...

Garden Notes: Light-driven

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Each day now we receive about one minute more daytime at sunset. Sunrise is about to start earlier too. According to the adage, “as...

Garden Notes: Fresh start

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A lot has happened that we did not imagine at this time one year ago. Stating the obvious, the year 2020 has been a...

Garden Notes: Conjunctions, fruit trees, and summer

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Why do you suppose there is so much trash appearing recently along Island roadsides? Just asking. Respect our Island home! A taste of winter provided...

Garden Notes: Biding time

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November 2020 was a tumultuous month, and another November windstorm blew it right out the door on the 30th. Yet another blustery front came...

Garden Notes: Self-seeding

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“As long as one has a garden, one has a future; and as long as one has a future one is alive.” — Frances...

Garden Notes: Passages

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These mild early November days have had gardeners out working busily in 60-plus degree sunshine, simultaneously enjoying them but also anxious about when and...

Garden Notes: True autumn

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Clocks return to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday morning; stronger morning light helps to open sleepy eyes. The deepening color of October has been...

Garden Notes: Taking the long view

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I like the thought, “The wind is the forest’s pruner.” The piles of leaves, twigs, and branches raining down in these gales of wind are...

Garden Notes: Fall finish-up

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The seasons come and go in their sequence, and now it is autumn. Gardening too is a series of sequences, both gardening for ornament...

Garden Notes: Fall weather

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The Island has been lucky so far; even luckier would be to receive rainfall — nothing more — from a passing tropical disturbance. If...

Garden Notes: Golden September

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Reds and russet prevail later on; the color of the present is golden. The light’s quality shifts to golden tints. Beautiful September days themselves...

Garden Notes: Dry gardening

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We wanted more — we would be at Illumination Night, the fair, the O.B. fireworks. We would be buying back-to-school clothes. We would be...

Garden Notes: Protecting your garden

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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

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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!

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