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Garden Notes: January blooms

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Ah, January! “As days lengthen, the cold strengthens.” Find ways to celebrate winter. On a flawless, frigid day, we took a postponed New Year’s Day...

Garden Notes: Sticking with the locals

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Many are looking forward enthusiastically to the discoveries in 2022 that the Mars rovers may make. Perseverance, the most recently landed Mars rover, has...

Tree lobby: Where do we grow from here?

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The recent news of tree cutting and replacement planting raises the question, Do we have a plan for our future treescapes? No, the simple...

Garden Notes: Season for renewal

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The Christmas wishes and New Year hopes remind us that intending to do good and be better is possible for all of us. The darkest...

Garden Notes: Island grown

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“Winter does not come until the swamps are full.” This adage is still borne out on the Vineyard, despite climate disruptions. Winter moth males...

Garden Notes: Life depends on plants (and animals)

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The woods are beginning to look bare now. At nighttime, the moon shines through the cathedral of trees in a wintry way. Is this a...

Garden Notes: Native grasses

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Seasonal changes are taking place, including killing frost and the time — clocks set back one hour to Eastern Standard Time. Swamp maples and...

Garden Notes: Fall colors

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Fall colors are slowly emerging from summer’s greenery. The many ripening berries, deepening oxblood-to-burgundy beetlebung trees, and festoons of gypsy scarlet Virginia creeper do...

Garden Notes: Fall gardens

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A week ago an impressive dragonfly flight was swarming soundlessly over a wide, sunny up-Island lawn that would mostly qualify as a “Vineyard Lawn.”...

Garden Notes: Protecting the environment

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Last Monday’s spectacular harvest moon and the autumnal equinox have ushered in a new season to garden in. Photons diminish daily, nighttime temperatures drop,...

September song, or silence?

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Late summer meadowsong, September’s insect chorus, is swelling. Its leitmotif surrounds us, day and night. Remove your earbuds and listen for it. Uncountable crickets and...

Garden Notes: North and south

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Weather-titillation buildup? As I write, it looks as though New Orleans is headed for another fearful, Force 4 bashing. Simultaneous with this column’s appearance,...

Garden Notes: Summer winds down

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“We’re in the countdown,” the frequent greeting heard around mid-August, “only two and a half weeks to go!” Summer is winding down, and for...

Garden Notes: Of phlox and floods

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The daytime sound of August, cicadas’ rattling crepitations, has filled the air in the last week or so. Their shed exoskeletons startle when found...

Garden Notes: Pollination

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Bats and fireflies at dusk mean glorious high summer. Butterflies, lovers of sunlit places and warmth, are more numerous and noticeable now, especially the...

Garden Notes: Heat on our minds

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We are lucky to be here. The Western part of North America baked in deadly, incendiary heat as the holiday weekend neared, with the...

Garden Notes: Pruning after blooming

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Gardeners are thrilled. This spring, the dazzling bloom on flowering plants and shrubs has been the best kind of gratification; fantastic really, and it...

Garden Notes: Loving the Rain

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We have gone neon green, and every other color too. Late spring is beloved for the peony, iris, poppy, and rose display. Is there...

Garden Notes: True colors

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For those of us privileged to have gardens or a patch to grow, gardens are our windows into a world of existences that put...

Garden Notes: Waking up

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The perfume of May seems to be saying, “Wake up, you sleepy insects!” Early irises are blooming, and everyone is astonished apparently by the...